Kulicke and Soffa

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Kulicke and Soffa Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Interesting.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kulicke and Soffa

    Pros

    Really great technology. Seriously interesting. There is some amazing technology and equipment and I P. I would love to work there again.

    Cons

    Most of manufacturing is non-USA based. If your job can be off shored it will. Very high turnover in a downturn. Could be a stressful job if you need need the cash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be calm. If possible.

  2.  

    Process Optimization Co-op

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fort Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fort Washington, PA

    I worked at Kulicke and Soffa part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company location (Fort Washington) is heavily involved with R&D in the semiconductor packaging industry - so the technology is on the leading edge making it a fascinating and interesting place to work every day.

    Cons

    Sometimes R&D can get monotonous at times, but you must always focus on the goal and not the immediate work to push through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the program going! It's a great co-op opportunity for engineering students!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Extremely talented employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Washington, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Washington, PA

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Extremely talented, high energy, motivated and smart employees. Good salary, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Cyclical business leading to more layoffs than similar companies in the area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging due to relentless strive to finish, pushing quality down

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Washington, PA

    I worked at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, smart people, benefits just ok, local hr makes efforts to put together fun activities for employees, teamwork is promoted and valued.

    Cons

    Cyclical nature of business and new outside management means less job security. Few products means few projects to work on, so when a project winds down, people need to dust off their resumes. Office is just blah...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Henry Ford would have done a better job running Rolls Royce than KNS has done running Orthodyne Electronics

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    Former Employee - Associate Mechanical Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Mechanical Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was hired on to work for Orthodyne Electronics in Irvine before they were bought out by KNS and the atmosphere then was great. A number of the people are still there and they are great people to work with. I enjoyed the OE people far more than I enjoyed the KNS people.

    Cons

    KNS makes thousands of identical machines and doesn't care about customer service. They dominate their market by mass producing thousands of identical machines and thought they could "improve" OE by applying their techniques to a company that produces dozens of highly customized machines.

    Henry Ford said you could get a Model T in any color you wanted as long as it was black. He made thousands of identical cars and people bought them. People also bought Rolls Royces though and they were made with the customer in mind. High performance, numerous options, great customer service...more than one color.

    Orthodyne Electronics was the GOLD STANDARD in Wedge Bonding because of their top quality equipment and outstanding customer support. Under KNS the quality standards are non-existent and the customer no longer matters after the check has cleared.

    It's a real shame what they've done to the once proud Orthodyne Electronics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to KNS management is to pull your heads out of your butts and realize that your way isn't the right way to run OE. They were the world leader in their field without you and they're on the verge of collapse under your rule. Have you ever heard the phrase "don't mess with a good thing." You messed with it; you're killing a once great company under the guise of synergy and efficiency...neither of which you are achieving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Circling the Drain

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative technology. Some highly skilled technical staff remains though probably not for long.

    Cons

    ZERO corporate culture. Poor morale. Decision making based on bottom line estimates that lack any kind of foresight, crippling the potential for future innovation and competitiveness. An inanimate CEO who cares only about increasing share prices in the short term instead of growing the company in a healthy and strategic manner. No younger generation of engineers (they're usually the first to get laid off).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively participate with employees in the decision making process to earn trust. Be more transparent and upfront. Show strong leadership and be more decisive on every day decisions. Stop micro-managing, let middle management and task leaders do there jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Current state of affairs

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    Current Employee - Field Service Department Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Field Service Department Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As Orthodyne Electronics (until 2008) this was a great company to work for. With a great sales and service team and reliable product we then owned 70% of the world market. Voted "10 Best of Semiconductor companies" for many years. However, the then owners decided to "cash out" and sold the company to Kulicke and Soffa.

    Cons

    Under Kulicke and Soffa, Manufacturing moved from Irvine to Singapore and the Sales force got dispersed. 2/3 of the workforce in Irvine, lost their livelihood. Top management now resides in Singapore and they don't know how to run the Irvine facility properly. They are losing focus on Irvine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the bleeding at the Orthodyne division and demand more autonomy from K&S.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor Management in SG Took A Winner And Turned It Into A Loser

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people in the Southern California location.
    Great legacy products (Orthodyne wedge bonders)
    High-tech robotic systems
    Fair severance package for those laid off
    A loyal, good (yet shrinking) customer base

    Cons

    Upper management at this site does not push back against a finance-centric corporate HQ in order to justify the local wedge-bond-specific business model and needs. Instead, the SoCal site is driven into the ground by number-crunchers who are thinking liquidation of the whole Irvine site will be more beneficial than injecting R&D and new product funding.

    The specter of being laid off hangs like a dark cloud over the facility since the K&S takeover. There are massive waves of layoffs (retrenchment) and you never know when you are going to be next. ZERO job security. Rest assured, though, when they lay you off, they may call you back to be a TEMP with no benefits!

    The quarterly bonus provided by the company is good money for the employees, but forces you to focus on your own projects instead of helping your colleagues. Does not foster teamwork in the workplace. Many individuals, no team effort - unless it puts money in my pocket at the same time.

    Customers are a lower priority than shareholders.

    Travel policy is ludicrous with the company taking weeks to pay back employees after a business trip. Employees in the USA are forced to use their personal credit cards for business travel.

    The CEO earns at least $5 million per year. Why doesn't he take a 10% pay cut and save 5 to 8 jobs in Irvine that were alleviated "not because of performance, but instead due to business climate." I was willing to take a personal 10% pay cut to save others jobs during previous waves of K&S layoffs.

    "People matter" is a core value of the company, yet the truth is that to K&S, people do not matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the Singapore management team: Let the wedge bonder unit do what they do best and do not interfere. Should have left Orthodyne's business model alone, as it was not similar to the K&S business model.
    To the Irvine local management team: Stand your ground against the top-level corporate management and lobby on behalf of your customers, products and employees. A ball bonder salesman is not going to want to sell wedge bonders - harder to sell and requires a much more complex level of knowledge of the machine/industry/applications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product development engineer at Kulicke & Soffa

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Fort Washington, PA
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Fort Washington, PA

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great technology in a fast-paced R&D environment, global collaboration with other sites around the world. Few engineering companies on the East Coast offer such a rich engineering opportunity. Pay including bonus is pretty competitive.

    Cons

    Historically staffing has gone up and down with semiconductor business cycle, but has stabilized recently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify product portfolio into other semiconductor equipment markets or non-semiconductor markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Big brother is watching!

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Washington, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Washington, PA

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and bonuses paid to salaried employees.

    Cons

    Upper management and headquarters is located in Singapore.
    Brutal management. Has been this way for the history of the company.
    They run acquired companies into the ground and then close them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the needs of middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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