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IQE is nothing to write home about.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA

I have been working at IQE

Pros

The benefits package is very good over all. For example, health benefits are excellent in my opinion. We pay a part of our coverage, but when compared to other companies we pay less.

Cons

Unfortunately there is a need to know culture here at IQE. Management over all does not seem to think highly of it's employees. This shows in the attitude and pay. Also, there is no way to offer feedback up the chain of command. There is so much potential here for IQE to be great, and we shoot ourselves in the foot more often then not.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start respecting people for what they can contribute. When they do well, reward them for it. Make us feel like part of a team rather than just an expendable cog in the machine. Respect is a two way street and must be earned on both sides. Management should make the first move. And, above all, learn to take advice from your employees. They might just have an eloquent solution to a problem that the higher ups just didn't think of.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    No where to move up to.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MBE Technician in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - MBE Technician in Bethlehem, PA

    I have been working at IQE

    Pros

    The three day schedule is beneficial for making plans outside of work. Also, the job doesn't come home with you once your day/week is done.

    Cons

    Management doesn't know half of production, the pay is terrible, half of the equipment is broken, and management does a very good job of keeping everyone in the dark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd like to see them take the time to get to know new employees and at least act interested. Also rate people based on education and background, rather than lump all new hires into one generic category.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Clean rooms" are supposed to be "clean." Hence, the name. Here, they are not.

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

    I worked at IQE

    Pros

    The benefits package isn't too bad. All employees receive 401k, health benefits (picked up mostly by employer), stock options and bonuses, and a fair amount of PTO.

    Work doesn't come home with you when employed in the lower levels.

    Fairly difficult to get laid off or fired.

    Cons

    The meat of this review.

    There are a lot of problems with how this company functions, all of which have coalesced into a work force that has a defeated morale. Most pieces of equipment are outdated beyond belief, do not function properly, or in most cases, both. Almost no budget is squared away to resolve the chokepoints in production that result in severely underperforming for customers. If an almost critical tool suddenly breaks, typically not a dime is spent to gather replacement parts. Sometimes, replacement parts cannot even be found because the equipment is so old that no manufacturer maintains them anymore. Much of the time in-house band-aid solutions are desired with a team that has no experience whatsoever in repairing the equipment, either. The motto is, "Fend for yourself."

    The laboratory, while meant to be clean, is instead very dirty. Dust and rust should not build up in any clean room. Ventilation should remove contaminated air out of the lab and not feed hazardous gases right back into the facility. Gloves should not rip and tear at a moment's notice, especially when using strong acids. Duct tape should not be used to repair chipped tile in the floor (tiled floor should not be used in clean rooms at all, either). Wood splinters over time and thus is a bad choice for laboratories that are concerned about particles. Why are all these things and so many more bad practices ignored?

    Reviews are done annually. Salary increases are abysmal and do not even match rates of inflation. Promotional raises have ceilings that do not take into consideration raises through reviews i.e. your new income due to a promotion is set at a flat level and ignore any annual raises. A promotion may therefore merely result in a boost of a few cents hourly. The annual reviews, while done in January, are neither revealed nor acted upon until April. For over four months employees have no idea how they did the previous year. There is no retroactive compensation during this period. Overall, the pay is absolutely atrocious for the industry.

    Engineers are expected to work far beyond 40 hours a week and to be on call constantly when not in the lab, no matter the hour. Many times this means a solution will be provided in a sleep deprived state and be disastrous to production, or production will stop at certain areas while a response has yet to be meted. Some of the upper layers of engineering aren't even physically in the continent for most times of the year.

    Management is designed to compete facilities against each other to the detriment of the overall company. Each laboratory will vie for the same customer to make the same exact products. Budgets take this into consideration. If one site has difficulty with equipment (because it is for all intents and purposes broken, as described above) and an order is not completed on time, that site loses in their next quarterly budget, even if another site picks up the slack. Some sites consistently produce well for particular customers, but instead of centralizing production for that customer at these locations, production is instead divided up even to facilities that do much worse.

    The lab is open 24/7, so don't expect to get holidays off without spending PTO. Employees are expected to come to the lab even during natural disasters. This applies to just about all levels.

    Promises are supplied and broken constantly. A new practice may be described at a meeting and survive at most a month before the status quo sets in. Management does not like to answer questions that make them even the least bit uneasy, even if they deal with serious concerns. Key roles such as safety may be removed and never replaced. Sometimes employees traverse across the corporate landscape into roles they are completely unsuited for. As an example, how a salesman one day switches to a top engineering position is mindboggling.

    All these factors and more result in the most astounding thing: a work culture where employees are consistently beaten, where knowledge is squelched, where employee growth is stifled, for management that provides no interest whatsoever in actually solving the problems that consistently arise. There is no feeling of pride in your work here - even less than what is typical in office work. The overall atmosphere gives no inconsistencies with the message that things never get better here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the biggest offenders for running any production facility. When critical equipment fails, find solutions for it immediately. Do not argue among yourselves for months about spending money on a part that has a price that in the end of the day is inconsequential to the profits lost from not having that equipment functioning at all. These types of facilities are very expensive to sustain. It is why the products that come out of them command a high price. Skimping out on an up-front cost can be more enormously financially disastrous in the long term than acting on an adequate solution. Scrapping significant amounts of product does not produce profits when failure cannot even be properly evaluated.

    Focus your projects. Many of them have high inspirations and potentials that are crushed once the first roadblock arrives and decisions fall to disarray. Not all customers are equal. Missing quotas of guaranteed profits due to instead concentrating time and effort on "what ifs" that time and again lead to nowhere will not grow a business. Do not take just any order at the cost of the current, consistent ones.

    Most of all, give something back to the employees. A team that does not want to work does not often produce with quality. This is especially so in fields that require cognitive thought such as science and engineering. Rather than make a promise and destroy it later, make no promise to begin with. There seem to be significant communication barriers between the various corporate levels that frankly should not exist in a company of this size. The concessions are terribly one-sided. Word travels around very quickly even when efforts are made to silence it. The influence of each mistake is only amplified when responsibilities are not taken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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