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Think carefully.

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Current Employee - Engineer  in  Durham, NC
Current Employee - Engineer in Durham, NC

I have been working at Cree

Pros

Offers a job in an emerging technology though times are tough right now for any high tech company. Living in the triangle is a great benefit because the cost of living is low. Casual dress code and easy commute from most areas of the triangle. Stock options but don't expect to move up in salary.

Cons

Expects 12+ hour days or you are perceived as uncommitted. Not innovative or encouraging when you want to "take a rick" and try something new. If it doesn't work you will be sorry so employees keep their heads down. Employee advancement/development is discouraged because you must be inside the building at all times working hard. Management does not feel like employees are part of the same team. The culture is more like an old time factory than a high tech operation. There is a lot of potential but the vibe is always negative and the corporate culture is that you are easily replaced. Even writing this review makes me nervous about retaliation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employees are not treated respectfully. Mid level managment is not empowered in any way to truly manage their areas.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Cree

  1.  

    Challenging work, company does not value employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree full-time

    Pros

    Experience with high tech chemical intensive processes

    Cons

    Little to no respect for employee knowledge and contribution. Lack of commitment to employee safety. Get it done mentality leads to processes run with shortcuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, and not just the ones who yell the loudest. CEO needs to come out of his glass bubble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I started as a tech in R&D, and moved my way to senior R&D engineer / manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Everyone is very involved with their projects. As soon as you are hired, you are given real projects that if completed, could have real business ramifications.

    Cons

    - Poor work ethics. Managers encourage engineers to "do whatever it takes". If you are out of wafers or other supplies, you were encouraged to wait until coworkers leave and take their stock for yourself. If your experiments can't get finished overnight, you were also encouraged to come in after coworkers leave, and change their plans so you can get your own stuff done.

    - Poor rewards for achievements. The disparity between upper / mid management and new hires is simply too great. The work hour vs reward is simply not there. The "salary" is great - but you are not exactly working 9-5 either.

    - Review system. If you meet every single objective set out for you (no one ever does), the best score you can hopeful at your review is 3/5 - meeting expectations.

    - Turn over rate. My team once suffered a 150% turnover rate in a year. These includes Ivy League engineers, MIT PhDs, etc. On a good year, more than half of the team turns over. The teams are constantly short peopled, and we are always training new people - but as soon as they are trained, someone else with experience quits.

    - No upward mobility. The entire company has about 4 layers of management. They give you a lot of "titles" - "Lord of PM Engineers", or "Master of Wafers", but none of them is actually in managerial position, and you are really not entitled to any powers of telling people what to do. The best you can do is email the problem employee, cc their manager, cc your manager, and hope you make a noise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your turnover rate. Don't just decide "it's hard work", people busted their ass for Apollo missions too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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