FormFactor Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
34 Reviews
3.2
34 Reviews
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FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A roller coaster ride.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Some people are really smart and fun to work with.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of more Directors and Senior Directors and VP and the SVP

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Too many VPs for a small company

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

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    Good products, ok culture, benefits & compensation

    Cons

    It's who you know and not what you know; Some PhD are useless, lack of industry experience and know how

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to implement employee survey; don't operate the company as if it's a large company

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    There's potential.. senior management is too busy to invest in their employees..

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

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    people are generally nice and helpful.. the lab is very well prepared.. the cafeteria and the gym are very cool..

    Cons

    senior management is too busy to invest in their employees.. and the company has no direction.. it's very reactive to the competition..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to your employees.. invest in their learning.. share your vision with the engineering teams.. a little less politics would be nice..

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Short, Exciting at Beginning, A complete let-down thereafter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    Exciting Technology and Great commercial potential.

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction, ok strategies but bad follow-thru'. Significant issue with implementation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to course. Be consistent - changing directions destroy creditbility and undermine morale

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    FormFactor

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer  in  Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    Compensation was average to above average and benefits were average to above average. Relatively laid back working environment. Very structured and efficient production environment.

    Cons

    Not the highest level of technical ability, there were some very good people and some very poor people technically. If you are competent you can advance. style valued over substance by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on accomplishments and not activity or presentations. Value people of value, not people who sound like they have value. Eliminating dead weight will help with cost savings and efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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