Intevac

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working for Intevac Inc. was a great experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intevac full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intevac Inc. is filled with great people and the company culture is laid back. Moral was up and down in the 10 years I spent there, but it was mostly up as everyone was engaged with work and lived fulfilled lives. The benefits package was decent; including profit sharing, free gym membership, and educational reimbursement. There was also opportunities to come in and make some extra money--that really helps.

    Intevac also provides PTO (Paid Time Off) based on seniority, so if an employee has been an employee for five years, they get 6 hours of PTO every two weeks. In 10 years of service, it goes up to 8 hours of PTO every two weeks. The PTO is accruable up to 400 hours and they actually let you use it... as long as you are not involved in something with a critical deadline.

    There was a yearly review process that allowed for predictable opportunities for advancement, as well as a clear path forward on what is expected in the different levels. Each level was outlined clearly with the skills required for the title and he pay scales for each level.

    Safety is priority number one, if anyone suspects something is not safe, they immediately halt the work to investigate the problem. If you get injured on the job, even the slightest, the health and safety engineer comes and evaluates the situation and suggests improvements to make the work safer. The benefits package includes life insurance and full disability coverage in case something bad happens. Fortunately, I never knew anyone that took advantage of the life insurance, but I knew a few that used the disability and they said it worked great.

    Best of all, the engineering projects were diverse and really kept the work interesting and something to look forward to. I learned something new everyday working for this company. No one I knew spoke negatively about the company except when it came to upper management.

    Cons

    There were many projects going on at once at Intevac, and the pressure to succeed was great. Often I would be moved from one thing to the next, sometimes multiples times a day. When a deadline is looming, everyone is really stressed and the pressure increases greatly causing a very mild mannered person to become the most frustrating person you have ever met.

    As my time came near towards the end, the company was experiencing greater and greater hardship and some of the benefits that were so nice started getting the ax. Worst of all to get the ax was the 401k match. It was 1/2 of what the employee contributed, but still valuable.

    There is also political struggles within the upper management that just make you go "WTF?" it seems some people are just not satisfied until they have it all. Ultimately my position was terminated due to a political struggle. Often these political struggles caused moral to dip and increased stress. Every February seemed to be the time when people got laid off, and there would be a dark cloud hanging over the entire company until the lay off. Every year.

    More than 5 employees that I know of have heart problems, or stress related illnesses. There were also multiple nervous breakdowns that occurred in my time there.

    Luckily the new CEO is starting to right the ship, but hopefully it is not too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being a-holes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Long term growth?

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Small company - feel like a family, operates like a family

    Cons

    Constraint in growth potentialt - company or career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box. Take risk.

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

    I've found it a welcoming company with many talented employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A few creative, very smart people and many that are great in their supportive roles.

    Cons

    A little weak in leadership & communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Equipment vs Photonics

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intevac full-time

    Pros

    smaller company. you get to know everyone you work with well. easy to talk to upper management.

    Cons

    little to know recognition for individuals hard work. engineers are the only ones that matter. management would rather hire new employees to fill openings instead of promoting from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value your employees or lose them to a company that does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice opportunities at first but politics soon sets in

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Intevac full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Intevac is a good place for a new grad or someone lacking in experience to get some exposure to a lot of interesting technology

    Cons

    Not a good place if you are competent and can think for yourself. Showing your abilities and getting things done will get you into trouble. Mediocre people do better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you really think you can turn this company around or are you just having a good time?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Knowledge acquired

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Some people in senior position are great leaders and mentors, you need to prove yourself through your work to get their attention to share their wisdom

    Cons

    Like all companies, some bad apples exist. Couple of people are the worst , very political and use their chair to dominate and suppress young guns from progressing further . Shove issues under the carpet to protect their own territory prohibiting improvement of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please please please- Get rid of the bad apple, you know who they are. These are the ones that disallow progress of a department and push passionate contributors to walk out. Intevac is a great place with tons of potentials but cannot with these non contributors who only hide the issues for their own personal gain impending company growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intevac - Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intevac

    Pros

    Flexible hours; highly technical, engaging projects.

    Cons

    Fast paced causes things to be overlooked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intevac full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly colleges and good company ethics

    Cons

    Not very stable of business due to the natural of industry

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    business future

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    will to investment for development

    Cons

    will future product will be successul?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    disrespectful and arrogant management team made too many terrible mistakes in new product development

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    employees are hard working and intelligent

    Cons

    The arrogant management team always day-dreamed the old times in Applied materials. They are dishonest to the company employees and incapable of new market / new product development. And they have waisted a lot of company cash for their personal/family trips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of these political suckers and have someone really good at product development and willing to take the advice from the working level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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