FormFactor
3.0 of 5 33 reviews
www.formfactor.com Livermore, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 10, 2014

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FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis

Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Management needs to get it together

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsPeer to peer relationship. Some excited young guys work here.

    ConsManagement doesn't really know where the company is heading

    Advice to Senior ManagementBudget smartly, keep the current people happy and continuously challenged.

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    Intern (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsI 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.

    ConsWork was slow in the start ... you need to ask for more work

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeace!

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    Not the right place for everyone

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsTechnically challenging if working on the right projects, smart colleagues, informal atmosphere

    ConsGrew 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 ManagementBetter organization and clearer communication on details (not just high level)

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    Good while it lasted

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsUpper management is bloated. Too many VPs trying to run day to day operations instead of figuring out long term strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrim 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

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    A missed opportunity!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsInteresting technology and smart coworkers.

    ConsNot much strategic direction fromsenior management. It does not seem that the management cares much about the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRefocus the company on product excellence during this downturn. Drve product development thorugh a realstic development process.

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    Avoid FormFactor until most of the executive staff has been removed and replaced with professionals.

    Program Manager, New Products (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsClose to home, decent benefits and pay.

    ConsMany. 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 ManagementPromote 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

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    About drinking from the firehose and firefighting

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsTechnology 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

    ConsScrambling 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 ManagementNeed 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.

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    Easy, non-challenging work and frequent lay-offs.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEasy job and flexible working hours.

    ConsFrequent lay-offs, high turnover rate, too many redundant managers. Inadequate bonus, no career prospect.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more sensitive and intelligent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood and motivated work circumstancs

    ConsHard to make a decision

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    A roller coaster ride.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome people are really smart and fun to work with.

    ConsMany management folks don't understand what they are managing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of more Directors and Senior Directors and VP and the SVP

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