SEH America Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
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  1. Good benefits, lower pay than usual

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer

    I worked at SEH America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company Stock (only good for long term employees), good health plans

    Cons

    Lower pay than most engineering jobs

  2. Worst job ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEH America

    Pros

    Match up to 6% 401k. Other than that it was a terrible work experience. If you aren't outside friends with the senior operators, then you will be blackballed.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. Pay is lower than other local plants. Benefits are terrible. If you like co-workers who lie, backstab, and only care about themselves, then this job in Freeport is for you. No training program developed. High turnover because management doesn't want to handle the real problems out there. Work environment is not clean, is not friendly, and there is no potential for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Hire managers with experience and an education.

  3. Low tech, tech company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Operator in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Operator in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at SEH America

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

    Pros

    If you like working long arduous hours on your feet, this company is for you.

    Cons

    These people are some of the most incompetent, under-qualified people I have ever worked with. Only a few of over 100 people I worked with even had a college degree, and I was the ONLY person in production with a degree.

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  5. It's great if you don't care

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Process Operator in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Operator in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at SEH America full-time

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

    Pros

    Relaxed culture in most areas, especially on night shift. The pay is good compared to similar companies in the area. Paid lunch. Good Benefits- They actually still have a pension plan, along with 401k matching... very rare to find in semiconductor. For the people who can handle the work there seems to be a good amount of loyal between the company and the employees. I worked with a lot of people who were there 20-30 years. It was staggering how many lifers were there.

    Cons

    Unhealthy competition when compared to sister plants in Japan. Goals are constantly changing. ISO 9001 certified (somehow?) but many processes are not documented officially and changes are made through verbal or email instructions. Communication is poor. High turnover due to the physical, brain dead work. Many areas were forced to work mandatory overtime to meet goals.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the people who stick around. The work can be very physical and sometimes very brain dead. It definitely is not for everyone. The turnover is especially high in the more physical areas so those who stick around and excel at their jobs should be rewarded often.

  6. Satisfied

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Production in Vancouver, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Management style is macro (which changes time to time). Great work life balance, on site gym, great cafeteria, decent benefits. Good place for career advisement. Great internship programs (Both high school and college).

    Cons

    Big disconnect from upper management to operations. Company mission/goals always changing. Run by Japanese and have the Japan is the best mantra... (Continuous comparison to sister plants in a negative way)

    Advice to Management

    Have more trust on American manufacturing, suppliers and operators... If operators believe that you care, they will care too... Also pay more attention to qualifications and ability of middle managers.

  7. Worst company ever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Technician in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Facilities Technician in Vancouver, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    employees are great, give all to company

    Cons

    management doesnt care about its employees only bottom line

    Advice to Management

    take care of your employees, don't layoff experience to save money

  8. Great opportunities, If your willing to learn.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Tool Operator Level III in Vancouver, WA
    Current Contractor - Tool Operator Level III in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at SEH America as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities, If your willing to learn. Very comfortable environment.

    Cons

    If hired on as a temp very difficult to get hired as a permanent. opportunities rewarded to workers based more on personality vs skill set. Major lack of communication from supervisors and leads to workers, with excuses of too busy to reply, or pass the buck mentality. Long 12 hr shifts. with bad rotation not set to Industry standard. should be 3 days on 4 days off one week, the 4 days on with 3 days off the next week.

    Advice to Management

    Review communication skill sets of supervisors and the leads they appoint (there should never be an excuse of I'm too busy or go talk to someone else.). ensure that skilled workers are given opportunities by reviewing their certification levels

  9. fruitful 9 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Operator in Binãn, Laguna (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Operator in Binãn, Laguna (Philippines)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good team leaders, and appreciation of administration

    Cons

    lack of motivations to the employee

    Advice to Management

    give some additional benefits to employee for motivation purposes

  10. Helpful (2)

    Fruitful 12+ year career in engineering.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEH America (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was very pleasurable working with all of the process engineers for writing specifications and performing source inspections in Japan on new process equipment.

    Cons

    Monthly presentations to the Vice President are really quite the productions. Its a time when the Vice President can pull something out of his hat totally non related to what you are doing and assign to you to present at the next presentation.

    SEH has quite a history of letting go long term employees and replacing them with people willing to work for a lower wage.

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty and integrity are great qualities to have in both employees and the employer.

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