Tokyo Electron

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Patience is a virtue

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Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff
Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff

I have been working at Tokyo Electron

Pros

TEL has a lot of great people working in the US, both expats and US citizens. TEL pays bonuses twice a year, and the target is at least 20% total for the year (10% of your salary every six months). In a good year that's a great thing, in a great year they go higher. and in a nasty downturn they can disappear altogether. If you're a lucky and resourceful, you can do some meaningful research, publish, work with academic groups, etc. and earn a good salary working for TEL. Also, unlike US semiconductor companies, TEL very rarely lays off employees- that's a true Japanese cultural difference- they don't hire quickly in upturns and they rarely lay people off- though they do bring in temporary/contract workers that they can let go in a downturn without laying off an employee.

Cons

You are a gaijin working for a Japanese Company. If you want to be CEO one day, then better look elsewhwere, nobody on the board is non-Japanese. Senior US management is generally hired from outside, not within, TEL America, so there is very little upward mobility. And most of the US workforce is field service- so if you are in R&D and want to go into management, you might need to become a field service manager to do it. Middle management is entrenched, earning good salaries, and they've generally resigned themselves to the fact that they won't ever rise beyond Director level (with maybe 1 or 2 exceptions). There is a technical ladder- but for the past couple years it hasn't really functioned. So, eventually the glass ceiling will loom. It's up to you what direction you want to take.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If it were demonstably possible to become the head of a US business from within TEL, it would be easier to argue that people should be patient and stay the course. But I imagine that TEL US management has very little to say about it when the Japanese management wants to hire former customers to run the business (note: the reason they are former customers is because they somehow failed)

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    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tokyo Electron

    Pros

    Good company to work for fair and the training is good.

    Cons

    some user applications are confusing

  2.  

    Started as a good company. Went downhill through bad management.

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    Former Employee - FSE in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - FSE in Boise, ID

    I worked at Tokyo Electron full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Technically advanced systems and technology.

    Cons

    Management. Through lack of understanding and being bullied into submission by Tokyo, management does not handle employee relations well. Boise has gone by he wayside by being out in the frontier. Austin HQ has pushed the Boise office off to the side and let the local managment use nepotism to fill its ranks with people that are less than techinically sound, but will say yes when asked. Safety is not the primary concern. When a another company had a system explode, we were informd that that is the way the industry operates, and we will just have to suck it up. They waited ever a year to publish an OSHA report, and by then most employees that were involved were no longer employed. Training is hit or miss, and is not given over need. It is given per relationship to the supervisor. Again, nepotism. I worked there 10 years and the system never changed. They have now been bought out by Applied Materials, a company that most of the FSE group left because of their employee/management policies. HR is more concerned with getting out of work before 2 PM on Friday than anything else. They have 10 managers and 2 workers. How can that be? Managers manage people. This is backwards at best! This HR group could be mepanaged by 2 people. One for HR and one for benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace middle managmenet in most US locations. They have no way for upward mobility and will fill the ranks with friends and relatives as a result. Replace your training methods. The mechanics that work on your sports cars have better training and are higher paid. Reduce HR to 2 people. Lack of interest in employees is well served by 2 people.

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