Novellus Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
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  1. If you wan to do something, this is a good place for you...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Novellus full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity - Novellus runs lean; you are expected to produce.

    Cons

    Too political - powerful leaders get away with everything.

    Advice to Management

    Make people responsible for mistakes pay for those mistakes. Some management is great; others are liars.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Very inefficient resource and organization management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novellus

    Pros

    Engineers do not have to deal with business issues

    Cons

    Company is highly dependent on chip maker's forecast and job security is weak

  3. As the economy improves, look elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Configuration Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Configuration Engineer in Tualatin, OR

    I worked at Novellus full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's a job. There are a handful of helpful people there. The rest just keep their head down and don't go too far out of their way to help others.

    Cons

    Company culture is bland and the products are not very inspiring - or reliable for that matter. The management staff seems to be out of touch with any of the people that actually do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what your people are doing.

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  5. Loved the people, Hated the job

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Novellus full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Novellus offers good pay and an outstanding benefits package. You spend the majority of your time working alone, but when you get stuck, they have a great tech support system in place to help you out. The people there are among some of the best I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    There is very little room for advancement. You work in close quarters with people from other companies who may not be the easiest to deal with. Also, the politics among the upper management can get pretty hairy.

  6. Career building

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Novellus full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Overall good company, promoted within, had a solid product base.

    Cons

    CEO's management of the company focused on selling the company in recent years, which held back proper staffing and investments. Good news is it was sold to LAM recently to address this.

    Advice to Management

    Proper balance of investments are necessary to keep competitive edge.

  7. Good career development, many opportunities to be promoted, but long hours and hard works

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    Former Employee - Process Manager III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Process Manager III in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Novellus full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good career development and training when one becomes management. Pay well with stocks option bonus, but not everyone gets into the program.

    Cons

    Poor balance between family and work. Long hours at work and work arounf the clock. Business is cyclical, expect lay-off when it is downturn.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Good work environment

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    Current Employee - Key Account Technologist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Key Account Technologist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Novellus full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers with little politics

    Cons

    tight budgets, stretched resources, no raises

  9. Decent place to work if you like compressed work weeks.

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer III in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer III in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management is not overwhelmingly involved.

    Cons

    Communication throughout the company could be better.

  10. Good company to work for...opportuities existed if you were willing

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Tualatin, OR

    I worked at Novellus

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Good benefits and pay
    Professional peers

    Cons

    Long hours
    Unpredictable and/or cyclical industry
    Siloed organizations

    Advice to Management

    Decisions are obvioulsy made with the bottom line in mind...maybe make it not so evident to the employees who feel like second fiddle

  11. Helpful (1)

    Work hard, expect to be ignored

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Compressed work week can be great if overtime is avoided.
    -Co-workers can be great and fun to be around (only some of them though)

    Cons

    -There is a lot of "Mandatory" overtime that makes it very difficult to see the benefits of a compressed work week.
    -Management seemingly has no clue what is done on a daily basis unless something is done wrong, in which case they jump all over you.
    -We write our own performance reviews so that the management team can see, for the first time, what we have done that is good. Then they sign off on it as if they wrote it and hand it in to HR.
    -Advancement is difficult and blamed on the bureaucracy by saying that "we are only allowed to promote one person this year."

    Advice to Management

    It seems like management is always busy doing something, but what that something is can be difficult to ascertain from the FSE point of view, so more transparency would be valuable. It is also hard to work a lot of overtime when the reward is only extra money. The company make me feel like a prostitute, paid to work and not appreciated. When the management asks for more work, they think that the extra pay will satisfy the extra work (and loss to personal life).

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