Mattson Technology Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Mattson Technology CEO and Director David L. Dutton
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  1. friendly place to work

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

    I have been working at Mattson Technology

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great work life balance little to no politics smart, friendly, focused employees

    Cons

    lack of adequate resources competing with the big boys


  2. Sr. mechanical engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Los Altos, CA

    I worked at Mattson Technology (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting technology and people, some professional and disciplined

    Cons

    "management" by piracy and predation

    Advice to Management

    assign projects and manage


  3. Helpful (1)

    Technical Support/Technical Publications Department

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

    I worked at Mattson Technology

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great family of hard working professionals

    Cons

    Currently caught in a market downturn.


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    Pays well, squeezed in a tough market

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mattson Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed management culture. Small company, so the CEO knows you by name. Good opportunities to advance because of the churn and the layoffs during downturns.

    Cons

    Losing its market share to Asian vendors, having a hard time breaking into new markets. Massive layoffs when the downturn comes, and it comes as sure as the sun rises.

    Advice to Management

    Identify strong performers, weed out the deadwood before a layoff forces you to do so.


  6. Positive and enjoyed my time there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattson Technology

    Pros

    good ip portfolio from older systems

    Cons

    lack of cash flow and older products


  7. Challenging

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mattson Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership team is professional, talented, and teamwork oriented.

    Cons

    Small player in the industry. Little control over industry demands, revenue control.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden customer base, challenge market share on price point and technology.


  8. In general, It's good. Nothing special.

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    Former Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mattson Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everything goes smoothly. Not very busy.

    Cons

    Relatively it's less outreach opportunities in my professional.

    Advice to Management

    Should trust and respect engineers' professional.


  9. Staff Process Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mattson Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not Many. A paycheck for awhile, but probably not for long.

    Cons

    Company is in a slow death spiral. Company spent to much of their resources attempting to penetrate into etch market. Unfortunely, the 1st, 2nd & 3rd tier managers had no unified plan as to what part of the etch market they were attempting to penetrate and burned through the companies assets. The input from key people on technical side largely ignored by management and so an etch product has been developed that is not selling. Key technical folks have left the company in the last 2 years, not waiting around to be laid off.

    Advice to Management

    The company has a team of executive managers, that it is unclear as to what their contribution to the company is. The attempt to penetrate the FEOL etches has failed, quit sinking money into a bad investment. Go back to being a strip company, you are what you are.


  10. Was a good company when I worked there

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

    I worked at Mattson Technology

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Almost bleeding edge technology

    Cons

    Small company in a captial intensive sector. Has its usual booms and busts as the semiconductor cycle


  11. Good working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mattson Technology

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers. If you worked more than 5 years you will have 4 weeks off (PTO) plus 5 weeks sabbatical time and 2 week's extra pay for every 5 years. Good travel compensation (e.g., $59 per-diem for Japan and Korea in 2011). Communication between top and bottom is OK.

    Cons

    Due to its small size lately Mattson had hard time to keep dry strip market share and even harder to penetrate its new segment to etch market. No extra money to put into R&D to keep competitive. Can not attract and keep top talents.

    Advice to Management

    Top management should spend less time on traveling to the customer sites but focus on how to develop competitive products. For good quarters bonus should be given back to hard-working employees.



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