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Routinely working together with engineers solving real problems to put a product on the market.

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Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Novellus

Pros

Novellus has areally good atmosphere, flexible hours, and opportunity for mobility within the company.

Cons

Sometimes when there are changes in organization, people can be a little slow to pick up on the new org structure.

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I don't really have adive or feedback right now.

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    Novellus Management Reacqaints with the Workers.

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    Current Employee - Global Product Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Global Product Support Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Novellus

    Pros

    Novellus once flourished with creativity that inspired inovation, a key point to the companies "Top 5 priorities". Leading edge products were brainstormed, prototyped, improved, tested and sent to customer sites with great success. The working environment encouraged interconnection and mutual communication cross-functionally within Business Units (BU). This bonding and camaraderie extended between business units as well, best shown when one BU had the needs of a principal area expert and another BU had an expert available. In 2004 there was a large paradigm shift that moved the company management away from this great environment to more of a "burn and turn" attitude (short for "burn them out and turn them over"). While striving to reduce costs on products, very little attention was paid to maintaining expertise and retaining valuable resources through a tough economic period for the USA. The Empowered BU business model was put forth to help general managers go after meaning relationships for customers that needed their specific talents. Unfortunately this also segrigated and stratified the communication between BU to BU. This shift also carried on to functional groups within a given BU. In parallel an old addage was forgotten... "The salesperson will get you in the door... it's the sustaining service that will deliver future, repeated sales". The field service organization and Global Product Support organization was pressured to deliver the shortcommings of the engineering tasks either not finished or not worked on. The process engineers in the field were pressured to deliver chemistry that would produce the effects on wafer for the customers without consideration of hardware impact. In the end many tools consume more parts than anticipated or simply do not perform to the standards they were sold to. Where this all leads to: More money spent than anticipated on I&W (Installation & Warranty) resulted directly to reduced profit. The common ways Novellus has found to compensate for this condition are: 1. Lay-offs. 2. Company Shutdowns throughout the year (totalling more than most employees PTO earning). 3. Salary cuts. This appears to help the "wall street value" of the company improve just in time for reporting cycles.

    Cons

    Management has lost feeling for what it is like to make Novellus successful from the ground up. Senior management is lost in a world of numbers that have consiquences and make decisions without truly understanding the effect to the most engaging groups within the company. The current rule is to be technologically beyond the competition while beating up and burning out the very scientists that they rely upon to create the new technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your most valuable resources... your people. Put more focus on building real relationships with the people at a customer and sell to them rather than trying to sell to companies. You may have done something well in the past which brought you to a senior management position which might also entitle you to some extra benefits/bonus's, however, laying people off or reducing the quality of life in the same year that you receive a bonus does not make your workforce want to work for you. I invite each of you to step out of mahogany row and spend some quality time in the trenchs (including working on the tools in the cleanroom) so that you can remember what made Novellus so successful in the past. I would be happy to give you a tour of a common environment. I am confident that you would reacquaint yourself quickly with respect for your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Service Manager
    Former Employee - Service Manager

    I worked at Novellus full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has a solid Structure

    Cons

    Too much structure, not enough empowerment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enable employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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