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It takes a special person

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager
Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager

Pros

Agile
Demanding
Challenging
Opportunities are there if you put forth the effort

Cons

Work/Life balance is heavily keyed toward work
Pay per performance is the only time you hear about the good things you're doing
There's always more you can do

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bizarre Culture Based on Fear and Intimidation

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

    Pros

    Be part of exciting new technology.

    Cons

    Hard to explain but there is no place like Cree. Lots of infighting. Crazy, uncivilized infighting.

    Lots of good, talented people beaten and broken to the point where they strive not for the company to succeed, but to make sure they get through the day without being the one who gets blamed for whatever is going wrong.

    The excitement and esprit de corps from being a startup that used to define the company is long gone. Now it is just a place to work. Frequent departures by talented middle managers throughout company.

    If you are considering come to work here you need to get your money on the front end. Once in you will be fighting for nickels with the rest of us. You may be promoted but your raises will be limited to the 1 to 3% we all get in good years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy what you have while you have it. The asians made blue and green LED's a commodity and will do the same with LED lighting. Yell at your people louder so they will get more out the door cheaper. Scream at your people more frequently so they will keep expenses low. That should buy you another 2-3 years. After that you can move on to another company for another big check.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great technology success story, little regard for work/life balance

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

    Pros

    It makes for a good positive conversation to tell outsiders that you work for Cree because of the great technology they are bringing to society as the market leader. Good opportunity to make decent cash on stock options sometimes. Credit to them for still keeping a sizeable work force in the US (will that be sustained in the future?)

    Cons

    Sincere bewilderment on the part of senior management as to why you might be interested in spending time with your family or doing something else on the weekend other than working and checking emails. Also, again with senior management, no concept of why even just a "pat on the back" would go a long ways towards boosting morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know it is hard to believe, but most people still work to live and not live to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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