M+W U.S. Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
24 Reviews
3.4
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company with good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Malta, NY

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Potential to do things your own way

    Cons

    Lack of direction at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to be in, but can burnt out if not careful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They care about their people. Very intelligent and hard working. Great benefits. Vat wealth of knowledge to learn from.

    Cons

    Limited market, manly semiconductor. Work is inconsistent at times. Lack of collaboration between departments. Older employees refuses to learn and invest in new technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business development needs to get a clue and keep work coming in. Hard to move up in management because people don't move on. Listen more to your employees about technology and progress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Traveling the world to build semiconductor fabs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Mentoring, personal growth, travel, leadership opportunities, open door policy, continuous education. Involved with advanced technologies (that chip in your laptop? we designed the fab!). Lots of freedom as long as you do your jobs. Flexibilty. EOE. Achievements recognized by peers. Coordination with offices worldwide.

    Cons

    limited vacation days (15 days, some of them to be taken during end of year holiday period). Long days on some projects. Sometimes brutal schedules and deadlines. No paid sick days. Salary is not adjusted to cost of living of where you live and work, i.e. you get the same salary regardless of your location. This can mean the difference between renting a house in NY State or a 1 bedroom in Oakland, and not in the nicer neighborhoods. No holiday allowance, limited end of year bonus, no profit sharing. Not for people who are not into extended travel, may be challenging to work/family balance. As mentioned in other reviews, project management is sub-par, although some of the managers are the best the industry has to offer. Poor hardware/network infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at M+W U.S. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very experience company in Automation support, good compensation benefits and salary. Good communication with peers. Highly experienced personnel with several years of experience in several software and hardware for automated systems.

    Cons

    Improvement in performance reviews, follow with personnel needs while assigned to different projects, or supporting multiple projects. Needs more support in getting employees feel part of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead, manage and mentor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, but has it's drawbacks.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at M+W U.S. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company pays very well and has a good benefits program. The upper management is putting a significant emphasis on "The Collaborative Way".

    Cons

    Typical for this industry, if there are no projects, expect to get laid off fast. Although the previously mentioned emphasis on "The Collaborative Way", mid and lower management are treating it like it's a waste of time. As such, the rest of the employees are treating it as a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my Cons: Typical for this industry, if there are no projects, expect to get laid off fast. Although the previously mentioned emphasis on "The Collaborative Way", mid and lower management are treating it like it's a waste of time. As such, the rest of the employees are treating it as a joke.

    Consider treating your employees like people as described in The Collaborative Way - in other words, for the individuals that are lined up for a lay off, provide them the decency of a couple of weeks notice so that they have the opportunity to get medical done that they have put off for works sake, polish up their resumes, etc. After all, if you feel that they are such a threat to IP and other factors that you have to give them notice and immediately escort them off the property, then why are they working for you in the first place?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Access to training and standards

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at M+W U.S.

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good pay, usually good co-workers

    Cons

    Many clients view this company's designs as mediocre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    instead of trying to milk every last cent out of the client produce quality designs up front so construction is smoother and cheaper.

  8.  

    Good company that is trying to improve

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good benefits. Good hours (typically 40 hour work week for me) if you plan your work and manage your deadlines well. Lots of experienced, friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Need better market/client diversification (they are trying to improve). When those few large clients stop providing so much work, a lot of employees have little billable work (and they recently had to do layoffs for the first time in 10 years). Occasionally deadlines can seem unreasonable.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sub-par management coupled with lack of foresight

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Designer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Process Designer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at M+W U.S. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    M+W US has a lot of very good employees. Your peers tend to be hard-working and nice, down to earth people. There is a lot of diversity among the employees lending a lot of different viewpoints to various situations. They have contracts with big names like Global Foundries, SUNY, and Intel. Most departments seem to get along with each other pretty well. Workplace benefits are a little better than average.

    Cons

    Management has a hard time projecting time needed to work on projects. They lack foresight when it comes to financial matters and push forward without consulting those involved in acquisitions and assignments. The Human Resources department tends to have a blind eye to discrimination when they think it won't cause too much of a hassle. Employees are generally treated as numbers and not people, when it matters most. Salaries, while touted as competitive tend to be low, and bonuses tend to be few and far between. Performance reviews tend to be an attack on the employee and not a positive critique.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management is to keep all your teams in one company, to maintain unity. Management should also take a look at project leads and location based team leads as some of them have no management or engineering backgrounds. Consider being fair to those that are employed on a work visa, as well as those that ask for help from Human Resources. Generally, those employees that offer opinions should not be flagged as problem employees, as they are just trying to help. Also consider paying your employees a competitive overtime salary as this will encourage employees to be motivated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Trying to grow but constrained by small client base and legacy management

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

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are competitive, although, not industry leading. Values associated with the Collaborative Way initiative are very beneficial but some executives need to lead by example to really have the desired effect. The direction the company is trying to go in seems positive in their desire to better train and retain good employees.

    Cons

    While the company talks about trying to train and retain they don't do a very good job with it. Career paths are generally not well defined and promotions are difficult to come by. The typical politics that exist in most organizations are no different here but old school management certainly doesn't promote forward thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a real promotional path for your employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Pay and Benefits but operation and recruiting strategies of management is old school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at M+W U.S.

    Pros

    The company pays well and insurance and other benefits are quite good per the industry standard.

    Cons

    Management is old school and hence often the right man is not assigned the right job which affects the bottom line success of the project. Also the strategic and operational decisions taken by management often does not create a win-win situation for all parties involved in the business, which affects the company bottom line in the long term.

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