Rudolph Technologies Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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Rudolph Technologies Chairman and CEO Paul F. McLaughlin
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  1. The highs are better than the lows.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will not be bored. Rudolph is very customer focused so there is a constant stream of new projects and accounts coming in monthly. Rudolph prefers a lean organization requiring above average hours, but in turn the compensation is also above average. There are a lot of great people who want to do well and work hard as a team. There is a fun committee which focuses team building activities.

    Cons

    Rudolph executive management believes the best way to grow the company is through acquisition rather than organic growth. Failed acquisitions have hurt more than successful ones have helped. Rudolph is very focused on quarterly numbers and head count which results in a bias towards short term management.

    Advice to Management

    Rudolph's bias towards lean is hindering growth. Rudolph's business unit structure is unnecessarily complex for the size of the company.

  2. Great Colleagues, average company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rudolph Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. Great technologies.

    Cons

    No clear advancement path. Underpaid compared to market rates for the same job. Constant forced time off/furloughs. They like to purchase other companies and fail to support them properly with functional sales and marketing strategies, so those products are likely to fail

    Advice to Management

    Actually invest in the companies you purchase.

  3. Great employees, a true team. Brilliant CEO.

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO built this company through well thought out acquisitions. The people are like a big family. The CEO is brilliant and commands an audience with investors and customers and this has made the company strong.

    Cons

    The semiconductor equipment market is not for the faint of heart as it's very cyclical. That being said, Rudolph has a balance of offerings in the front and back end and this helps smooth things out some as these markets have offset cycles (again brilliantly crafted by the CEO). One downside is that the CEO is well past normal retirement age and will have to hang it up in the not too distant future. There are no viable internal candidates to take over although the COO might be considered but he is an entrepreneurial software R&D person at the core and has little outside experience and wouldn't fare well on the street side of being CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and strategy execution. Strengthen the senior management bench to support the upcoming CEO transition

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  5. Good culture, but unstable

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bloomington, MN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive, friendly work environment. Fascinating equipment. Interesting technology challenges. Good middle-management. Decent benefits. Opportunities to visit semiconductor fabrication plants around the world.

    Cons

    Layoffs. Senior leadership has a long history of laying people off after over-promising to Wall Street, even if the company was profitable in that quarter. It's short-sighted and hurts the long-term goals of the company, not to mention the job security of the employees.

    Senior leadership is uninspiring, demanding, and out of touch with the average employee.

    Failed acquisitions. Senior leadership is very eager to grow through acquisitions, but they just closed 2 failed ones. It's a lot of churn and uncertainty.

    Remote offices. It can be painful to work with offices scattered around the country and globe.

    Advice to Management

    Understand and heal the divided mentality between the remotely-located business units. Lead the market by developing outstanding technologies from within. Work harder on attracting very talented people, in part by offering better job security.

  6. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers
    Good place to learn

    Cons

    Too many acquisitions
    Senior Management provides less insight about the company.

  7. Company Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rudolph Technologies

    Pros

    Small company feel, good team work.

    Cons

    Upper management cares more about their own self interests

  8. Management has no class.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rudolph Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very Interesting.

    Cons

    Again, management has no class.

  9. Great people working in the forefront of semiconductor manufacturing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rudolph Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very talented individuals working to provide a variety of metrology and manufacturing tools and software across the semiconductor manufacturing space.

    Fun committee plans regular events for employees, BBQ, games, picnics, etc.

    Cons

    Lots of products across a diverse market space leads to more projects than can be completed in a timely fashion with the resources available

  10. Very dynamic and aggressive, customer focused

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Rudolph Technologies as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Self paced working teams, direct feedback loop with management, access to latest technologies, international exposure

    Cons

    Long working hours, too much travel impacts the family life, slow promotions

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive with key contributors' promotions

  11. A pretty good place to intern as a software engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Bloomington, MN
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A nice work environment.
    Good compensation, but no benefits(makes sense for an intern).
    You are given actual work and not just some testing work.
    Relatively flexible hours.

    Cons

    At first the projects being developed are a little hard to understand.
    Getting used to how they released their software seemed odd, but that could just be because that was my first time working as a software engineer.

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