Novellus Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
92 Reviews

3.1
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Novellus offers good pay and an outstanding benefits package (in 6 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, lots of opportunity to gain additional knowledge and career growth (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours at work and work arounf the clock (in 10 reviews)

  • Growth rate, work/life balance, Facilities and Management requires improvement (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    terrible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Novellus

    Pros

    the location is good for semiconductor process engineer.

    Cons

    unprofessional management and not career development

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Semiconductor equipment company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer III  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer III in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    Pros

    You have a good paying job now when others are looking for a job in a market that is very unforgiving and not offering options.
    You have a way of providing health coverage for your wife and children, poor (comparing to what it used to be) but better than not being covered.
    A good way to maintain the financial ship floating until the storm passes by.

    Cons

    No career development path in sight. There are lateral possibilities but these are tempting only for those interested in titles or traveling.
    Employees are required to travel with very short notice, drop their life at any time they might be needed to satisfy the company targets, commitments or contracts. This is also dependent on the manager’s ego or desire to be promoted and be well seen from above.
    Beside the tough family life one has when working a compressed week schedule, there is no respect for big efforts employees make to maintain the service the company should provide to its clients. No consideration for the ones that work overtime.
    As most of the semiconductor companies, Novellus had the habit of hiring when times are good and laying off personnel when times are tough but now it is harder than in the past to deal with these ups and downs of the industry. All the weight and pressure gets pushed directly to field service, especially the administration overhead that always finds ways to avoid layoffs and reorganization.
    Compared to other similar companies, Novellus used to be a better place to be years ago.
    Now is at the bottom, with most of the other companies offering a better alternative for the same job.
    As a Field Engineer now, you have no right to time off, and if you really must have it for legal reasons, it won’t be when needed, not in one piece and certainly not for your needs, time off is used to reduce the expenses when the books are not looking good.
    Preferential treatment is a staple of this region with managers made through a boot camp that teaches them only to delegate.
    Novellus used to have good health benefits, not anymore.
    Compliance appearance is the main concern of the management, we need to look like we are safe, we need to look like we care and that we offer a good working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your employees are working every day of the week and the next week and the next one, and this goes on for months, you need to hire more people. How long can you overwork a team until you burn them out? You will find the answer.
    Your salary comes from the money Field Service generates. Moving people around and telling them they won’t get a raise is not management. There is more than that to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    You can do a lot better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Mechancal Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Mechancal Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Novellus

    Pros

    Older established company, good name recognition within the industry, reputation for past performance may be helpful, probably will stay in business for the forseeable future

    Cons

    Management values itself more that competent technical contributors, hires and fires employees at a whim depending on the business cycle, professes customer orientation but does not practice it, poor career and salary growth, management values "talkers" more than "doers"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves! You will remain a second-rate company as long as you value story-tellers more than the people who actually make the product work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A company OK to work for

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

    I worked at Novellus

    Pros

    Good balance of work and life
    Relatively good compensation and benefits
    Company size is big enough to transfer between different divisions

    Cons

    No or less communications between peers
    frequent layoffs due to industry cycles or economy
    Less communication between managers and team members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the communications between employees, departments, divisions.
    Do not outsource too many jobs to overseas
    Use new technologies for hardware and software

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    You will go unappreciated

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    Pros

    - if you can survive here, you can survive anywhere
    - your peers are awesome and will be there to support you
    - very fast paced

    Cons

    - Semiconductor capital equipment industry is extremely cyclical, and the ebb and flow of the business will affect your job workload
    - long hours and little appreciation from your superiors
    - high turnover rate
    - nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - take advantage of the talent and enthusiasm of some of your employees; empower them and let them do their thing! there's so much untapped potential here...
    - come into the 21st century please... management style is still very old school
    - competitive salaries would be nice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    FSE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FSE  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - FSE in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    Pros

    good insurance, laptop provided, reasonable pay,

    Cons

    Too many managers and VP's, managers and supervisors have no real people skills, they are too busy protecting their turf to care or worry about people reporting to them, they seem to intentionally create hard feelings between FSE's, spreading rumors and telling personal information to coworkers. employee's are just a number, forced to work more hours than can be sustained which effects personal time to where you feel like you can't even make an appointment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real managers here, people that make the employee feel they are valued and their contribution is important. Stop promoting new VP's every month when none of the rank and file have had promotions in years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A large/medium company runs like a small company - tops down micro-managing

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Novellus

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable and the benefits are fairly good. Work hours are reasonable. Respect for employees' need for vacation times and family times. Focused on execution of management directives.

    Cons

    Very little ability for any working levels management to make decisions. Executives make all the decisions, expect everyone to be robotic. Management is somewhat of "old boys" net work. Limited opportunity to advance. The company is boxed in. Very little room to grow. Their competition is Applied. Novellus' strong product lines are small in market size while their weak products have large market size. Have no confidence that the senior management knows how to get out of the box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brief employment at Novellus. Fortunately it's over with!

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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Portland, OR

    I worked at Novellus

    Pros

    1. I got a pay check.
    2. I learned a small amount about the semiconductor equipment manufacturing.
    3. Worked in a clean environment.

    Cons

    1. Too many hours! Was working 63 hours, 6 days a week in manufacturing!
    2. Many changes happened with manufacturing that made it more difficult to get your work done.
    3. Forced by engineering and management to make electrical wiring straight and at 90 degree angles when connecting to computers, junction boxes and metering devices. Wires in a bundle could not cross each other. If they did management would force you to redo it. This makes the wiring look pretty and beautiful, but does nothing electrically for the machine! We were forced to make the wiring out of junction boxes come out in straight lines and at right angles and go into the wiring bundle. I thought this looked odd and was a huge waste of time!
    4. Too many people working in manufacturing putting machines together. We did not have enough tools or work for all the people they hired. Has anyone at Novellus ever heard of the law of diminishing returns?
    5. In general poor communication between management and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs a MASSIVE change in how they do business and the way they deal with employees. I saw NO effort or concern by management to make things better for employees. If you are considering employment with this company I would strongly advise against working at Novellus Systems Inc. This is a BAD company to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor management, no mentoring

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Novellus

    Pros

    Good exposure to advanced technology. Possible to advance quickly in career if you are smart. A lot of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management on goals. Micromanaging culture. Frantic, chaotic method of troubleshooting and problem solving with poor documentation of what was done to fix the problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think for the company not just your group. Communicate company goals clearly to the people below clearly.

    Disapproves of CEO

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