FormFactor Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
34 Reviews
3.3
34 Reviews
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FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis
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  1.  

    It's ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    Small city, close to cafe.

    Cons

    Far away, traffic is bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move it to Dublin.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Management needs to get it together

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management doesn't really know where the company is heading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Budget smartly, keep the current people happy and continuously challenged.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not the right place for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A missed opportunity!

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

    I worked at FormFactor

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Refocus the company on product excellence during this downturn. Drve product development thorugh a realstic development process.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    About drinking from the firehose and firefighting

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Independent
    New Projects are easy to start without much management hassle

    Cons

    Slow Culture
    No Checks on Work done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Niche market for Probe card technology

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer

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

    Pros

    Continuous learning from different process is limitless! Challenging! Nice gym!

    Cons

    Not profitable 3 years in a row, continue to downsize and cost reduction. Uncertain. Support 24/7 and weekends. Stress level is high.Politicking is huge.Good working employees have been laid off or resign. No loyalty and does not protect good employees. If your good in 'talking' and presenting and NOT working it's a good place to be, just need to jump in on every email thread and talk the talk but not walk the walk this is a good place to be...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of floating Directors, Staff Engineers and Senior Principals that need to streamlines and who really does NOT go in the line or inside Fab. Not deserving of the salaries in regards with their outputs.Need to flash out the employees that every time in the PC and nothing to give to the company...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    learning a new trade

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    Former Employee - Test  in  Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Test in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good conditions,matching 401k and cafeteria

    Cons

    long hours, need to change to 3 shift(24/7 production)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more skilled people with technical bcakrounds

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work if you don't want to commute to SF or SJ.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive Salaries and excellent work environment

    Cons

    Not a place for people who don't take much initiative in their work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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