Novellus Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
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  1. The atmosphere is very personal among coworkers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    Pros

    Novellus offers plenty of room for growth if you have the desire to move up.

    Cons

    Manufacturing work long hours and days.
    Management is slow to recognize and promote talented employees, many top talent end up leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try harder to recognize and compensate top talent fairly so that they will stay at Novellus.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Decent holding place. Do not expect much

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

    I worked at Novellus

    Pros

    Cool segment of industry. Lots of very smart people. Big focus on ethics.
    Decent work life balance

    Cons

    Executive management-all a bunch of yes men

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so scared of change.Have a strategy

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. average

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    Current Employee - Processing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Processing Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Novellus

    Pros

    location is great, compensations is great, good work environment, support for family due to locational advantage (san jose, CA), good cheap transport connections, affordable housing and good city life

    Cons

    communication with management is limited, feedback doesnt seem to be good enough, work-environment can sometimes be stressful and finally, there are better paying similar companies around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to either improve the work environment and interpersonal relationships between the workforce to make it less stressful, or compensate by way of higher pay. Need to improve feedback

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Started out good.....then went down the toilet

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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

    Pros

    Its a pay check
    Health benifits

    Cons

    Zero respect for you as an individual or your family. This company could care less about you or your family. Work more, get less. Verbal abuse by the customer is fine by management. Management will NOT back you up and will stomp on you along with the customer. Management will smile at you while stabbing you in the back. Management tells you one thing, then does the opposite and get this!! ITS ALL YOUR FAULT. Management expects they can call you on your personal phone and demand you drop your family to come into work any time day or night. You will get laid off with ZERO warning, lose your house and health benefits and have to file for bankruptcy. Everything about working for NVLS is a down side at this point, even in this economy. Ive never ever seen so many unhappy employees!!! Management will never ever get it and they will never ever care. SAD!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your people and they will take care of you. Crap on them as you have been for years now and see where its gonna get you!!! Hopefully laid off and bankrupt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    terrible

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    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Semiconductor equipment company

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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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    You can do a lot better

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    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
  9. 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    You will go unappreciated

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    FSE

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    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

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