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Mattson Technology Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014
Updated May 20, 2014
13 Reviews
3.2
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Technical Support/Technical Publications Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattson Technology

    Pros

    Great family of hard working
    professionals

    Cons

    Currently caught in a market downturn.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pays well, squeezed in a tough market

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

    I worked at Mattson Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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

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  5.  

    Challenging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mattson Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leadership team is professional, talented, and teamwork oriented.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Everything goes smoothly. Not very busy.

    Cons

    Relatively it's less outreach opportunities in my professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should trust and respect engineers' professional.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Staff Process Engineer

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

    I worked at Mattson Technology full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Was a good company when I worked there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattson Technology

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good working environment

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mattson Technology

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not a good place to wrk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mattson Technology

    Pros

    Good paid time off for long time employee

    Cons

    Layoffs are their all the time. loss making company with no hope to become profitable in forseeable future!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company and save some good employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    No investment in employee development

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mattson Technology

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable/capable engineering teams

    Generous vacation plan for long term employees. 5 weeks paid sabbatical every 5 years, and additional 2 weeks pay to use on your sabbatical.

    Excellent safety/health systems

    Cons

    No development for employees. You could work here a long time while your skills become stagnant. Management sees know return on investment for training except for management team.

    Decisions (particularly budget) held at high level. Management constantly traveling to customers and not in touch with what is happening in company.

    Management not interested in "business process". Continuous logistics problems, project/program management weak, product development plan exists on paper only.

    More time and energy spent in communicating with securities analysts then with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see above

    No opinion of CEO

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