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6 people found this helpful  

Not the place for work/life balance...

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

I have been working at Cree

Pros

There's a free gym, casual dress code, engineering work is not at all intellectually difficult, and good health insurance is offered.

Cons

Cree can be summed up by one of its core values: do whatever it takes to get the job done, whether it takes your life, marriage, etc. Cree seems to have all of the responsibility of a startup, and all of the perks of a large company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop measuring exempt employee performance by the number of hours worked (over 40/week). Let engineers have the freedom to implement measures that would help the company.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Think carefully.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Last option of your life

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

    I worked at Cree

    Pros

    Health benefits, ESPP, on campus gym, skill based training programs.

    Cons

    You can only join this company if you swear to yourself that you give up all the fun and enjoyment in life. It doesn't matter how qualified you are even a PH.D or a Masters, you are just given the kind of menial work only to meet the company's target, which adds no value to your resume at all. I bet there are better companies out there which will recognize your qualifications and you will have better job satisfaction. Please go for those companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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