Micron Technology Reviews

Updated August 7, 2015
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Micron Technology CEO and Director D. Mark Durcan
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  • They overload you with work and never care about your work life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Good pay, benefits and atmosphere (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • This position is really difficult having a work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Employees are recognized for time of service and long hours as much or more than their performance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    ASIC Verification Engineer

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    Current Employee - ASIC Verification Engineer in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - ASIC Verification Engineer in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Micron Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Saying that you work for a company who exploits professionally.

    Cons

    Nothing much other than employee exploitation, fake promises, saying that Boise is cheaper and saying that we can work for 50k though you are worth 5times that. HR policies are worse than any service based or startup company. They always target laid off candidates so as to pay them less salary.

    Advice to Management

    Go to kindergarten to learn lessons.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Process Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Micron Technology full-time

    Pros

    I've developed very positive relationships with my coworkers. Team members work well together, in spite of the divisive managerial tactics. No other real pros.

    Cons

    Constant dishonesty from management. Management makes commitments and breaks them just as easily. It's a keep-your-head-down mentality, because the yes-men that middle management is FULL of expect their reports to be just as compliant. If you're not, even when bringing up safety or morale concerns they're not adressing, you're retaliated against, and despite OVERWHELMING support from your peers, upper management will stand by middle management. It is an absolutely TOXIC environment. Management plays favorites with raises, and has to ignore the lack of work ethic to do it.

    Advice to Management

    When a middle manager has lost any respect he's ever had from literally ALL of his reports, you'll get better work out of your team by replacing him than by hammering the first one to bring it up with you.


  3. Not bad

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Micron Technology full-time

    Pros

    Compensated well for the area. Plenty of time off that you can use. No longer have to badge in and out.

    Cons

    Expected to put a lot of hours in, as most people work over 40 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Make it an expectation to only work 40 hours. More team building and recognition is needed.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Terrible, be aware this is not your typical Bay Area company!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Micron Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Decent pay but still lagging behind in comparison to other Bay Area companies - The company has a decent annual bonus structure which is a little extra cash in your pocket in the middle of the year. Be sure to read the program guidelines carefully as this may not be too much money when split within the year and after paying taxes. - If you like being on the road and travelling then this might be a good option. Micron believes in face time and promotes a lot of travel.

    Cons

    Micron offers zero work life balance. This company will take everything out of you and give you very little to nothing in return. Early mornings, working through lunches, late nights and constant travelling are the culture of Micron. Expect to be face time a lot. Micron does not believe in Work from Home and Telecommuting. All the control sits at Corporate in Boise, Idaho and there is little empowerment and decision making capabilities at other remote sites. There is no employee appreciation and recognition. It's all based on who likes you and how well you play the politics. Micron rewards the talkers and not the doers. Creative ideas and people who question the status quo are not welcome here. You will not last too long if you plan to innovate and question the status quo. Constantly walking on egg shells to speak up and give ideas. This is the place for you if you wish to be a follower, follow others and do not want to reinvent and innovate. Decent salaries but still lagging behind in comparison to other Bay Area companies and competitors. Stock awards are not worth much either. For the amount of work and zero work life balance it is not worth it. There is a lack of culture at Micron and too many silo's. There are too many levels and redundancy in roles and responsibilities. Growth and promotion opportunities mainly exist in Boise, Idaho. Growth comes very slow at Micron and mainly comes to those who play the game and have been at Micron, Idaho for a long time. Very heavy meeting intensive culture, you may find yourself in meetings all day and getting very little done. Even basic processes are not set up and you will find yourself scrambling and constantly calling folks for help and just to get by on a daily basis. Be prepared to spend tons of time on just figuring out the basics. For remote sites outside of Idaho there is very little to no training and development opportunities available. Micron invests very little to none in Culture, Engagement, Morale, Rewards and Work life Balance. They do not care about how they treat their employees and operate in a box. Micron does not live and breathe Creativity. Outside of Idaho Micron does not care about New College Grads and Intern opportunities. They operate in a box that only focuses on Boise, Idaho. Unless you are looking to or are motivated to move to Idaho this might not be the most impressive work environment that will offer you great skills, learning or growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop canceling projects over and over again. Make a decision once and for all and deliver - Reward the doers and not the talkers - Don't just talk about Change and innovation, actually do it and be comfortable with it - Create an environment that doesn't just rewards the one's who play the political game - Be comfortable with Change and strong innovators who actually want to show you different ways of doing things and reinvent. Don't be threatened and intimidated by them. - Micron has been around too long to not have a Culture, create one that focuses on meaningful rewards, empowerment and flexibility; one that is Employee focused and led


  6. Work culture good only in Design Engineering

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Micron Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cheap place, less expensive, managable expenses

    Cons

    Work culture, work life balance is bad


  7. Fab Equipment Tech Job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Equipment Technician in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Senior Equipment Technician in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Micron Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    OK pay- not good - just OK if you know how to negotiate for it, great benefits, good co-workers. 12 hour shifts mean nice long weekends.

    Cons

    Certain managers are oppressive, vindictive liars who engineer employee failure to make themselves look better. Rotating night/day shifts are very hard on employee morale and production efficiency. Micron likes to make low-ball offers to new prospective hires from outside the local area, claiming that 'Idaho cost of living is really low', which was a total fabrication, so be sure to compare your area's cost of living index against Boise's when considering a position here. For the past several years, Micron has been seeking to reduce costs by getting rid of experienced technicians and hiring new, cheap techs instead. Really sucks if you're the experienced guy or gal, maybe getting close to retirement, and Micron throws you out the door to save themselves a few bucks. They also periodically declare 'financial emergencies' and require employees to work unpaid overtime to 'save the company'. Management encourages devious work practices to attempt to maximize short-term profits where they should be working to operate in an ethical, legal, and honest manner to ensure long-term growth and profitability.

    Advice to Management

    Start operating legally and morally instead of pushing the limits of what's right. Give employees a way to address problems with managers and give HR some teeth and the responsibility to uphold moral standards of business practice.


  8. Overworked, underpaid, poorly managed, lacking in opportunities

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Micron Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location - close to Washington DC

    Cons

    Workload - a typical team is understaffed and overloaded with work. Typical complain is being unable to be on top of things. Shift personnel are untrained or lacking in ownership so they always seek first shift support or 'nod'. Management - or lack of it. Top-heavy, mostly white male. Some got their degrees from Phoenix, de Vry or some online 'school'. Management and leadership skills are acquired thru trial and error at the expense of employees. Promotion - very minimal. Needs attrition or know someone in upper management a 'la ole boys network Salary - not enough considering the cost of living here in Northern VA. Some companies in AZ offer the same salary despite lower cost of living. Business prospect - looks good ... for now. Samsung seems to be winning the business long term.

    Advice to Management

    Your workers are your lifeblood. Treat them well and learn to keep them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good old boys club

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long weekends if you work in the fab. Makes it easy to plan trips out of town. Good first job for fresh college grads.

    Cons

    You don't move up if you aren't a part of the good old boys club. There's a lot of micromanaging.

    Advice to Management

    Please trust your employees and stop micromanaging. Promote your people more often so they have a reason to stay.


  10. Stay away from Micron

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Finance in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Micron Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time adds up quickly compared to most other companies but that is really about all I can say positive about Micron.

    Cons

    So poorly managed. All the way from the top down. Managers are not given training and incompetent people are put into manager positions. Most are not people persons. Environment does not value teamwork - everyone is out for themselves. Good people are forced out especially for not fitting into the good ol' boys network. Totally top heavy. All VP's are men. Very cyclical and layoffs happen every 3-5 years due to poor management and forecasting. Employees (for the most part) are not listened to. It is very rare to find someone that is content or happy. The entire environment is poisonous and not healthy. A lot of the negative comments on here are very accurate and true.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of always laying off the "worker bees," how about laying off some of the many layers of incompetent managers and starting over with fresh ideas. This company has the potential but until this very odd culture changes, this company will never be what it could be. Hire an outside consulting team to come in and revamp how this place is managed.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Worst Company I ever worked for in my 20+ years. Total Micro-managing mentality.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Truly can't think of many. Products aren't that innovative - DRAM is all standardized. Micron knows their Boise HQ based employees have nowhere else to work in high-tech and tamp down salaries and raises as a result. Layoffs frequent. Bonuses not frequent.

    Cons

    Company favors Mormons and lifers at Micron for upper management. Company is not a fan of Californians relocating to Boise to work for MU. Company secretly tracks every employees' website visits on company computers. Visit 1 personal website at work? It's tracked and grounds for termination under Micron policy resulting in ZERO unemployment bennies and separation pay. Company uses employees 'badging in' daily not for security but instead to actually compile # hours worked each and every workday. IF you fall below 40 hours worked in any week expect your manager to talk to you personally and issue a warning. Workout at work? Micron does not consider this in the 40 hours/week. Take conference calls off Micron grounds - ditto, not counted towards the 40 hour per week minimum. Company WILL terminate you and use weak reasons like "violated company policy by visiting 1+ personal website while on company time." Middle managers work their way up at MU often by screwing others.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the Micromanaging. Stop the wrongful terminations for weak weak illegal reasons. You make a commodity product, save $$ in good times so you don't layoff tons of employees in bad times.



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