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Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis
Pros – Peer to peer relationship. Some excited young guys work here.
Cons – Management doesn't really know where the company is heading
Advice to Senior Management – Budget smartly, keep the current people happy and continuously challenged.
Pros – I worked on many projects. Being an intern kept me busy and my mentors treated me as an employee rather than an intern. And no there were no coffee or printing assignments.
Cons – Work was slow in the start ... you need to ask for more work
Advice to Senior Management – Peace!
Pros – Technically challenging if working on the right projects, smart colleagues, informal atmosphere
Cons – Grew big and successful too fast, Lack of systems and organization, frenzy of fast-paced development work instead of doing it right the first time.
Advice to Senior Management – Better organization and clearer communication on details (not just high level)
Pros – Good benefits. Free fruit twice a week and snacks at employee meetings in good times. Middle management is good, allows employees lot of latitude without micro management.
Cons – Upper management is bloated. Too many VPs trying to run day to day operations instead of figuring out long term strategy.
Advice to Senior Management – Trim the fat in upper management for lean times. Lose non performing and revenue dissipating groups without playing favorites. Resist old boys club type think.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Interesting technology and smart coworkers.
Cons – Not much strategic direction fromsenior management. It does not seem that the management cares much about the employees.
Advice to Senior Management – Refocus the company on product excellence during this downturn. Drve product development thorugh a realstic development process.
Pros – Close to home, decent benefits and pay.
Cons – Many. Amateur management. Review meetings are usually spent finding a victim and publicly humiliating that individual. Promotions and advancements are based on cronie-ism.
Advice to Senior Management – Promote staff based on performance, not who sucks up to whom. Also, be professional. There is NO reason the publicly dress down any staff member. There are waaaaay too many VP's for a small company. Remove at least half of them. Finally, remove Mario, Igor, Ben Eldrige, and one or two more from the payroll. They are the primary reason that FormFactor stock is in the tank.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Technology is very good and unique, work in general is interesting and dynamic, very talented and capable technical people. Although work load may not allow it at present, management is supportive of work-life balance as a principal. Fundamentally in a good niche market with high long term potential
Cons – Scrambling to regain market share, many parallel technical efforts being pushed without adequate staffing and resources - too hectic and dynamic. Attrition is getting to be high,
and in a place where systems are not in place, that is a significant loss of know-how, making it difficult for the persons remaining to carry on. Company grew too fast for its own good.
Company prefers to getting outsiders (from more established companies) for key leadership positions rather than growing employees from within.
Advice to Senior Management – Need to be more customer friendly,
Develop and promote from within,
Invest in systems to reduce inefficiencies and costly errors.
Develop competency in other areas in addition to spring technology.
Pros – Easy job and flexible working hours.
Cons – Frequent lay-offs, high turnover rate, too many redundant managers. Inadequate bonus, no career prospect.
Advice to Senior Management – Be more sensitive and intelligent.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Good and motivated work circumstancs
Cons – Hard to make a decision
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Pros – Some people are really smart and fun to work with.
Cons – Many management folks don't understand what they are managing.
Advice to Senior Management – Get rid of more Directors and Senior Directors and VP and the SVP
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