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Better than average benefits but no allowance for a work / family balanced life.

Process Engineer (Current Employee) Durham, NC

Pros- Benefits not bad. At the salaried level stock options are offered which increased my net income this year by over 10%
- Internal and external offered opportunities exist. Cree has been hiring while other companies have been laying off.
- Cree's business and market share is definitely growing.
- Cree has very little "fat". It is very efficient and usually gets the optimal ROI from its people and equipment.
- Promotions and career advancement exist for those willing to make personal sacrifices.

Cons- 60 hrs/week is viewed as a minimum
- The company's inclement weather policy is "we never close"; Even when there is 8" of snow on the ground.
- Time off is contingent upon upper managements mood. If they feel a department needs to make a better showing of effort (even if it is simply for the purpose of just being seen) you will be at work regardless of the day of the year. This applies to Christmas and other traditional holidays.
- Work environment is optimal only for single workaholics with no social life outside of work.
- At the salaried level, if you're in a manufacturing position, you are on call 24/7/365.
- At the wage level, 12 hour shifts are the norm and often coupled with additional mandatory 12hr work days.
- Expanded manufacturing overseas may soon decrease the size of Cree's domestic work force.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone to offer. Cree's culture is set by the CEO and his slogan is "whatever it takes to achieve the goal". This no holds barred approach to management gets quantifiable results. From a financial perspective (especially when unemployment is high) there is no incentive for Cree to change.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cree is by far the best company I've ever worked for and a place where you get to literally change the future.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree


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    It's ok...but only because of the economy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Cree


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