Gatan Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
7 Reviews
2.2
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great small, nimble high-tech company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA

    I have been working at Gatan full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have a free creative hand at work to solve problems and make improvements as long as I convince people that I have their best interests at heart. Smart people who are generally very easy to talk to, from the hourly staff to the President. Very engaging and challenging technical field. And it's the perfect size company for me -- large enough to have power in its industry, and small enough to not get lost in the bureaucracy of a larger organization. The pay and benefits are good, too. My spouse and I agree that I'm the happiest at Gatan that I have ever been with any employer.

    Cons

    Some management and staff are more people-oriented than others, but that's true anywhere. As in any collection of engineers, you sometimes need to make people talk to each other and not just trade endless emails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the current balance of large company rigor and small company openness. Spend a little more effort mixing the management and staff from the different regions of the world, which will pay large dividends later when sharing information and problem solving. And Gatan logo shirts!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard to innovate at Gatan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Gatan full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some nice people. Good work/life balance- the parking lot is empty by 5.15.

    Cons

    They don't know anything about software. Physicists write spaghetti code and think it's genius.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring some software professionals in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointed with my time here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Gatan full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting problems to work on; friendly coworkers; reasonably flexible scheduling; monthly catered lunches

    Cons

    Dismal management, poor rewards, bad morale, culture of secrecy, low pay, low raises, no performance-related bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put down the stick and get a bag of carrots

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not a good place to work

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gatan full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting & challenging.

    Cons

    The management is not, they lay to you to pay you less...!

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lord of the Flies meets Goodfellas.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SQA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - SQA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Gatan

    Pros

    Catered lunches by Subway. Good water pressure in the rest rooms. I'm drawing a blank.

    Cons

    The absolute worst management I have encountered in my career. Brazen mendacity is the part of the corporate culture. The approach to engineering relies on superhero performance from a few, with the rest along for the ride. Ad hoc project management is still used despite chronic failure to deliver on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for your mistakes and stop acting as proxies for your corporate overlords.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to let your career stagnate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Gatan

    Pros

    Some very talented engineers work at Gatan, parts of the products were cutting edge at one time, unfortunately the company is running on intellectual fumes at this time.

    Cons

    Management is tone deaf, conceited and self-serving.
    Senior technical staff with tenure waste money on pie-in-the-sky research with no repurcusions.
    HR is AWOL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the boondoggle trips and do your jobs. Try promoting some of your people instead of focusing on your own promotion!

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unsatisfactory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Gatan

    Pros

    Rank and file engineers are good coworkers, some of them a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Gatan management was not up to the task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think less about personal advancment/perks/bonuses, more about the common good, decent work environment, playing by rules, rank and file employees.

    Doesn't Recommend

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