FormFactor Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
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  1. Simple and friendly work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    you only need to do you job well, don't need to worry about others.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is not so challenging.

  2. Good working environment, co-workers are very friendly, and everybody worked very hard for the project

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

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    a very good work-life balance, however, when the perks comes, I worked till 11pm in order to catch the deadline. Overall good working environment. Good leadership from the above.

    Cons

    benefits are kinda average. office culture is ok, from my experience, no much office politics, and everyone just trying to make the project work and make profit.

    Advice to Management

    More attention in details

  3. Great environment for an entry level mechanical engineer. Need management shake-up or tear-down.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great environment for an entry level mechanical engineer or ME with 3-5 years of experience in the electronics industry. Mechanical designs are done in-house and production is on site. It's great to see one of my designs go from CAD drawings and solid models to finished products within a few days to weeks. The complexity of the probe card industry has increased over the last ten years that I worked at FF. This bodes well since FF is at the leading edge of the probe card technology.

    Cons

    The pay is below average for the probe card manufacturer even though the company is within the top ten in the industry. Management ranges from "great-to-work-with" to "stay-the-heck-away-from" to "can't-do-my-job-unless-I-play-by-their-rules." Vacation and sick is satisfactory ever since paid-time-off became the norm. The recent merger with MicroProbe (in Carlsbad) introduced longer working hours (which is bad for those who are salaried). Bonus pay has been lousy for the lower level employees, but great for managers and higher-ups (which has caused much consternation among the proles). Not much room to move up (promotions are nearly non-existent). Pay raises are low.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers need serious training on how to deal with their subordinate employees in a respectful and diplomatic manner.

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  5. Good people there!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

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

    Pros

    Love the reverse commute from Fremont!

    Cons

    Company not doing very well, tough business.

  6. Fast paced environment: play politics well or have very high competency. Silicon Valley norm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible systems within manufacturing, transparency to learn from very talented individuals, collaborative environment, work-life balance is great compared to global companies, and compensation is reflective of your ability to negotiate.

    Cons

    Find your HS clique. Overtime may be tough for production individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Tactical individuals may understand needs better than strategic individuals, as is the corporate norm.

  7. Satisfied

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    Former Employee - CAD Software Development Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - CAD Software Development Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Independent
    New Projects are easy to start without much management hassle

    Cons

    Slow Culture
    No Checks on Work done

  8. 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

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

    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.

  9. 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)

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

    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 Management

    Reduce cost of operations.

  10. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    Take the company private.

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