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FormFactor Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
35 Reviews
3.2
35 Reviews
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FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis
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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Program Manager, New Products in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager, New Products in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Politically Charged Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    Cool technology. Good equipment and process capabilities.

    Cons

    Products are out of step with market needs. Lots of silos that don't work together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Limited opportunity at FormFactor

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    Former Employee - Director in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented, intelligent employees who have an established track record of success

    Cons

    Although a quality product and talented leadership , the growth of the company has been limited due to underlying costs of operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce cost of operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Overall ok, need better strategic direction from management to direct the hardwork to meaningful results

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Independence and flexibility to work, opportunity to be involved in multiple areas, lot on learning in a quick time and more challenges

    Cons

    Good work not always gets credit, politics and finger pointing increased over years, used to have many good people, but mostly have left, talking skills dominate over actual output in career growth. Too many layoffs and company not making profit for last 5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better focus of goals from management and better channeling of efforts and appreciate good work on merit basis. The bureaucracy needs to be reduced. Business model needs to be reassessed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more sensitive and intelligent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    So So

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Excellent technical staff, interesting technology

    Cons

    unrealistic top down schedules from management, top heavy organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern Review

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    Former Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Peace!

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good people there!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Love the reverse commute from Fremont!

    Cons

    Company not doing very well, tough business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Business is dying a slow death. Just burning cash.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great location for those living out in East Bay/Tri-Valley, nice area. Lots of good people but most have already left.

    Cons

    The company is permanently in downsizing mode. Management needs to realize they can't create demand for something that the industry doesn't need. It had a great run but needs to re-size the business, change strategy, go private. The recession really killed this place. Doing more with less. Everyone wears many hats

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the company private.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company may not be in business much longer. Just OK.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

    One of the few high tech companies in the East Bay. Decent pay and benefits, however these are slowly being taken away due to the company not being profitable. Still some very good folks working there.

    Cons

    Poor management - they do not value long term employees and the skills they bring. Company has not been profitable for several years and it is an impact on company morale. There have been about 7 or 8 layoff's in the past 5 years. Jobs are not very secure as the company is always restructuring. Overtime is only paid after 10 hours for manufacturing personnel. Very poor engineering support of the manufacturing line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many senior level managers. Layoff's always affect manufacturing and engineering. It would be better to keep the more senior manufacturing people than to bring in new folks and layoff the ones who have helped to build the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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