SVT Associates

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    Very disorganized in defining job competencies - good people there!

    Applications/Test Engineer (Former Employee) Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsQuite few things one can learn there.

    ConsNo structure to rely on day to day basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good smal company with some unique techs

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Eden Prairie, MN

    Prosflexible hours, friendly co-workers, casual work place, the work is easy, very generous boss. very strong and hard working boss.

    ConsRisky job security, limimted growth for eningeers, business unstable like most small company, hours were never predictable. at times, i was alone for days while the directors were traveling abroad.

    Advice to Senior Managementmacro management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible place to work period!

    Technical Service Engineer (Former Employee) Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsGreat Engineers & Technicians to work with. Product line is fun to work on & see come together.
    Very relaxed place when owner is out of the building.

    ConsGreat stress put on every employee. Unrealistic demands put to employees by owner on a constant basis. Owner constantly berates and intimidates employees at meetings. When the owner is in the building there is nothing but hostility in the air!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeter needs to retire & get a different life.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Niche product company hampered by management.woes.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsA small semiconductor equipment manufacturer requires its employees to perform a wide variety of engineering tasks encompassing design, drafting, procurement, manufactured and vendor part verification and validation, assembly, and testing. Aggressive delivery schedules demand close interaction between engineers and technicians (assemblers and machinists) with former frequently performing aftermarket part alteration and/or modification at the on-site machine shop. Senior engineers are well versed in semiconductor equipment design, operation and maintenance possessing wide knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes and practices. Their insightful and helpful advice is often instrumental in task and project completion.

    ConsPerpetual financial difficulties impede timely part and component procurement and frequently lead to "bandaid" solutions to meet delivery deadlines. The latter also precludes robust if any performance benchmarking and validation especially in the case of components (effusion, cracking, and doping sources). As a result the customer is frequently forced to essentially accept prototype versions of products, that do not meet expectations and need to be returned for repairs or unplanned service.
    Company management is comprised of the owner and number of supporting sales staff with years of experience albeit outdated. Direct autocratic management style is rigidly maintained and followed. Dissenting ideas or opinions are frequently discounted or ignored based on seniority and hierarchy rather than technical and logical justification and reasoning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAny advice is unfortunately futile and irrelevant.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic company with a hostile environment

    Scientist (Former Employee) Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsSVT Associates is comprised of two separate parts, the UHV systems manufacturing portion and the laboratory portion. Having this two-part nature allows the company to offer specialties that span a relatively wide technology spectrum. The phrase often used amongst the management is, “we wear many hats”. This would appear to provide prospective employees with many apparent opportunities.

    ConsSVT Associates is remarkably good at hiding its reputation to customers, colleagues, and prospective employees.

    Poor Management:
    Management is inundated by an egotistical, self-satisfying, and micro-managing motive. The management hierarchy within SVT is a two-tiered structure with the owner governing all operations and two managers for the systems manufacturing and lab sections. All other employees fall below these tiers. Employee hours are scrutinized; the calendar is recorded daily by camera. The lack of clarity in directives by management that is compounded by intra-management politics, results in inefficient and misdirected work that is subsequently blamed on employees and causes a high-tension and noticeably hostile environment.

    False Representation of Work Agreement:
    The owner requires new employees to sign a Non-disclosure Agreement with a 50-state No-Compete Clause (with a 1.5 year duration) after they have already begun to work at the company. Employees have no knowledge of this “required” agreement until after they have committed to work for SVT.

    No Career Development:
    There is very little to no room for career advancement. Personal career growth is often stifled by incessant finger-pointing leading to a self-preservation mentality. Raises are given on a review basis determined arbitrarily by the owner (i.e., demotions are also employed). Bonuses depend on the financial status of the company.

    High Turnover Rate:
    The employee turnover rate is high: 17% – 25% per year. If an employee is underperforming, the response of management is to demote with a significant pay-cut in order to maintain an appearance of a good retention record.

    Financial Problems:
    With an ~17 year history of federal government funded grant income but nearly no commercial product generation, and very little intellectual property, the incoming grants have become scarce despite the large yearly volume of proposal submissions. Lack of sufficient funding is a constant stress in the already hostile environment.

    Poorly Maintained Equipment:
    The ability to perform well in the lab is drastically impaired due to old and non-functioning equipment coupled with a resistance in management to repair, upgrade, or invest in necessary tools for the work required. It is often claimed that finances prevent the improvement or purchase of equipment, yet the demand for high-level work remains. This disparity leads to inefficiencies and blame that blends with the other issues mentioned above. This is particularly the case with the owner’s push for increasing intellectual property generation. Intellectual property is required to be signed over to the owner through the NDA without compensation or co-ownership.

    Lawsuits:
    SVT is often involved in litigation that is either brought on by disgruntled consumers having been delivered a non-functional system or by SVT itself chasing revenue through any means possible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is deaf to any suggestions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Management

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsSVT is very good at giving its people a wide variety of tasks. It has many very intelligent and skilled engineers, scientist, and technicians. It also has a market in high demand for quality products.

    ConsSVT is unfortunately run by poor management, from the top on down. Objectives and priorities are seemingly never concise or clear. The integrity and quality of future work suffers from a need to fix current, poorly planed and executed projects. This repetitive cycle keeps managers stress levels elevated and in turn lowers the moral of all employees, and reduces the efficiency of the company as a whole.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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