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3 people found this helpful  

Very challenging and rewarding company to work for.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

Pros

Cymer offerrs unlimited career opportuity and advancement for those willing to work hard and smart. Manages the downturns well and is consistentlyi the technology leader.

Cons

If you want a career where showing up is 90% of the job, then Cymer is not the place for you. It is expected that employees all be engaged with the company goals and work industriously to acheive them.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre management, interesting technology

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    Former Employee - Somebody  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Somebody in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Good weather and location. This is a tech company and the culture is overwhelmingly techie. The scientists are genuinely motivated by the technology.

    Cons

    Too many VP's. Most of them are uninspiring and full of platitudes.

    No real career path. HR is non-supportive with most requests. Performance reviews aren't put to any real use.

    The technology isn't easily transferable. You might have trouble landing your next job if you want to do something else. Company is relatively unknown outside the industry.

    The technology moves so fast that there is little or no process to anything. Their lasers often break down in the field, and since almost nobody in the entire company understands the entire system, everyone is constantly in panic mode.

    Highly cyclical industry. Layoffs are commonplace here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. The CEO is a good man, but the only time he is seen is when he makes his refined, albeit boilerplate, speech during quarterly meetings. Have him engage more with his people.

    2. Find a replacement COO from the outside who can do more than just talk.

    3. Provide more training opportunities for employees. Have leaders look at how things are done outside Cymer.

    4. Conduct an unbiased search for the true gems in the midst bring them out from the shadows and give them more responsibilities.

    5. Spend more effort in looking at alternative applications of the technology. The 'applications' team has not been very effective with this so far.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great technology, terrible treatment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Technical leadership is excellent, even at the executive level. Also, it's nice to work somewhere where the company understands the tradeoffs between fast & cheap.

    Cons

    Every performance review, every formal interaction with management, seems geared towards preparing for layoffs, which are indeed inevitable. Employees are treated like consumables.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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