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  1. Spares Planner - Contract

    Former Contractor - Spares Planner in Tualatin, OR
    Former Contractor - Spares Planner in Tualatin, OR

    I worked at Novellus as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, professional work environment. Co-workers were very helpful.

    Cons

    Lacked updated process documentation to learn by.

    Advice to Management

    Consider updating process documentation

  2. As the economy improves, look elsewhere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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  5. Challenging with opportunity for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, lots of opportunity to gain additional knowledge and career growth.

    Cons

    Long work hours, company runs very lean

  6. Very valuable experience for the graduate student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Novellus is the leader in its field. Many employers at Novellus are well known and respected academically and professionally. Novellus encourages innovation, patents, and publications from its employers.

    Cons

    Working at Novellus can be hard sometimes, which provides a challenge for balancing work and personal life. Stress also creeps in to the work placeas deadlines have to be meant.

  7. Helpful (1)

    You work very long hours on interesting designs with zero personal time available.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Tualatin, OR

    I worked at Novellus

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

    Pros

    Very interesting and complex mechanical engineering/design ProE CAD work on their products. Their systems are large semiconductor capital equipment, so there is a variety of systems that an engineer works on or is exposed to.

    Cons

    Ridiculous schedule demands, requiring long hours, that must be might which sacrifices your personal life time. Even though you are a salary employee, Novellus does not support comp time off for the extra hours you put in. The company runs lean, so there are usually no additional resources to support an extremely aggressive schedule; therefore it is generally left up to one individual to meet these goals.

  8. Helpful (2)

    You are an expendable commodity at Novellus

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

    I worked at Novellus

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

    Pros

    Reasonable pay
    Traditional benefits though I don't know if that is still true,
    Year end bonus if company exceeded goals.

    Cons

    Engineering and management are employees, most others are contractors that aren't eligible for benefits or bonus. Absolutely no consideration for work life balance. They demanded 60 hours/week for 8 or 9 weeks out of every 13 week production cycle. There were constant layoffs and hiring, you could never feel secure. Rick Hill has disdain for operating in the USA. He has said in interviews he wants to move operations overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Novellus should be bought out by another company.

  9. The atmosphere is very personal among coworkers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (2)

    You will go unappreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

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

    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 Management

    - 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

  11. Helpful (4)

    Sink ing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Field in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Novellus

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

    Pros

    Pays rent. People need jobs in this economy. Believe it or not, there are a few honest people working there with intergrity. A few. Short drive. Green to blue coming?

    Cons

    Horrible management. Forced to use up all your paid time off, actually more PTO in a quarter than you earn all year. and PTO is used for sick days. Pay. CEO is only worried about selling the company so that he can retire with a lump sum. Backstabbers, can't trust anyone. Everyone is out for themselves. Management refuses to say no to a certain customer for anything. Healthcare cost just doubled, while benifit and coverage declined. Not allowed to have a work life balance. Customers manage us more than our management does. Most decisions regarding personnel are based on whether they like the person, not based on their work performance. Promotions etc are based on if you are buddy buddy with management. Solar world still hiring?

    Advice to Management

    If most of the reviews say to fire a certain person, are the right?

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