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A continuous search for what would please senior management, not necessarily what was aimed at profit growth.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

I worked at Veeco Instruments

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The Santa Barbara location could not be beat.

Cons

Poort senior management, more like a club that everyone was either trying to get into, or trying to avoid.

Advice to Management

Listen to your star employees, not just for technical advice, but also about their suggestions for realistic timelines and their concerns about real career development.

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  1. Greta place to live; is there a better place to work?

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology; great location. Super people

    Cons

    Layoffs, constantly changing priorities. Senior management are not familiar with basic technology

    Advice to Management

    Too many projects are being planned. Cut back and be more realistic

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Santa Barbara is a great place to live.

    Cons

    Management is clueless and detached. Reorganizations seem to occur regularly at six month intervals, and these lead to three problems:

    1. Projects get lost in the shuffle. As an engineer, you have no confidence that what you work on will still be considered a priority in six month's time.

    2. Every reorg seems to introduce yet another layer of management. Even as a senior
    engineer, I'm still five layers from the top. More and more of my time is spent generating
    reports so that all of my bosses will look productive.

    3. Management (especially the newest members) don't seem to know much about the technology they are supposed to be driving. Admittedly, it's arcane stuff, but there's no excuse.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention and try to figure out why people are leaving the company.

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