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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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  1. Helpful (1)

    Lighting the world with technology

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

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working on some of the most important technologies in todays clean energy driven world.

    Cons

    sometimes working at the bleeding edge requires courage

    Advice to Management

    get out in front of the team more often to share perspective and future growth opportunities


  2. Good Business - Bad Location

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

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, smart technical people

    Cons

    business acumen is lacking, decisions take forever, tons of starts and stops

    Advice to Management

    consolidate the businesses, create a fundamental engineering team to work across all platforms and be more decisive and communicate more.


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