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Expect disappointment if you work in an engineering/manufacturing department.

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

I have been working at Cree full-time

Pros

1. Plenty of (mandatory) overtime
2. Decent health benefits
3. Decent starting pay
4. Diverse workforce

Cons

Most of Cree's cons are ultimately due to the fact that it is cheaper to make LEDs in China and the fact that its main manufacturing facility is really just an overgrown research lab.

1. High turnover at all levels ranging from operator to low level management--no one is happy to be working here. If they are, they are either very new or have tons of Cree stock.
2. Severely understaffed, both because of the high turnover and because of management's reluctance to hire new employees.
3. Middle managers are at best impotent and at worst active yes-men for out of touch upper management decision making. Some low level managers try their best to look out for their employees, but are usually surrounded by an aura of defeat.
4. The gym is only really usable by salaried employees working M-F 9-5. Most people are too exhausted after a 12 hour workday (or night) to gym it up and hourly employee break times are not long enough to use the gym facilities during the workday.
5. Complete lack of individualized employee development. Some classes exist, but like the gym membership they are either unusable or generic and irrelevant.
6. Rigid caste system with no promotion from within. Experienced operators interviewing for open technician positions are asked much harder and more obscure questions during their interviews than external candidates who are usually lobbed softballs. Same goes for technicians interviewed for engineering positions. Oftentimes even engineers attempting merely lateral moves are stopped by upper management.
7. Petty politics dominate the corporate landscape. Favoritism, disparate salaries for the same position, and the "divide and conquer" management style used by micro-managers with poor people skills that pits employees on the same team against each other are ubiquitous at Cree.
8. Close to zero career growth potential.
9. Live to work philosophy.
10. Profit over people. Cree is geared towards short term gain over long term investment.

Advice to those offered a position in the LED chips division here:
1. If you have an engineering degree, consider other engineering offers first. There are places out there with slightly lower starting salaries, but much more growth potential.
2. If you accept the job offer, do not stop applying to other engineering opportunities. This company will not make you more marketable, so there is no point investing time here career-wise.
3. Negotiate a high starting salary. You will not be getting promotions or raises anytime soon.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I have no advice for Cree's management as their goals do not remotely align with the goals of most of its employees. The CEO seems to be putting his best foot forward for the shareholders and upper management seems to be squeezing every penny out of the company for their coffers.

For a company that touts it's 21st century relevance, Cree is woefully behind the times in its corporate culture, its inability to retain new talent, and its decrepit internal infrastructure. Cree seems to be a company where the semiconductor industry's equipment and careers go to die.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    I do not think there are any pros to this company, they make you work long long hours, managers yell and scream at employees and make it seem like its normal (!!!????), the work you do here will not help you if you move into any other semiconductor industry

    Cons

    Managers are completely immature and do not know how to behave civilly, employees are not valued, their ideas are not valued, you're seen as being a "good" employee if you spend 14-15 hours working there everyday, no matter if you finish your work in 10 or 11 hours.
    Their high turnover speaks for itself, this is not a place to waste your life in!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NONE, the culture there will never change, you might fit in if you fit the mould or if you're a YES MAN.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dead end job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Technician II  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Process Technician II in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits - The medical benefits are cheap if you don't have to pay for a family.
    Exposure - You can quickly get some knowledge with semiconductor manufacturing.
    Wont get fired / laid off - This company wont even fire the worst employees. You can do nothing and still get paid. This goes for engineers, techs and the operators.
    Starting pay is decent for the jobs out there.

    Cons

    Need hip waders for the BS. There is a lot of it.
    Overtime is mandatory 365 days a year. Double mandatory is very likely for 6 - 8 months a year.
    Yearly raises don't even cover the year to year inflation rate.
    No clear cut skill level matrix for advancement.
    Movement within company is impossible. Have tried moving to a new division for the past 2 years. People I have spoken to have said it is easier to quit and then reapply later for the position you want.
    Jobs are moving to China. Obama continues to give this company money but they continue to migrate overseas. I sit in meetings where people literally say "send it to china it's cheaper" when we have able american bodies and a division able to do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't lead by example. They often are in meetings all day and makes decision based on what they feel is in the best interest. No questions or feelers are sent to those affected by their decisions. Management does not spend time within the areas they actually manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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