Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    A soul crushing company with a quarter by quarter business plan

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    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology
    Good team environment at engineer level
    Pay well, but they have to

    Cons

    Poor work life balance
    Confrontational non supportive executive team
    Clique of a few senior executives who protect each other and can do no wrong
    Not diversified and focused on highly cyclical market
    It you relocate, you are going to be an end entered servant for 2-3 years with poor annual raises until the payback period is over
    Significant voluntary and involuntary turnover at all levels
       - layoffs are an annual or more frequent occurrence
       - worked for 5 different VP/GMs over 6 years

    Advice to Management

    1) Replace a few senior executives who foster the conflict
    2) Diversify for stable growth
    3) Survey your employees to see what their perceptions are then act to improve your company and policies.
    4) Focus on your customers

  2. Helpful (1)

    Not the worst employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary, vacation and benefits. Working with people creating amazing technology.

    Cons

    Upper management seems overly concerned with the shareholders and market perceptions. A truly successful company would make them happier. Need the courage and finding to complete new projects in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Finish what you start. You have great people willing for you who love what they do and would give you amazing products if allowed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    A good experience and slack life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people in general. Most people work for technology related engineering without too much paper work.

    Cons

    I agree with profound lack of vision and leadership at the engineering group.
    Maybe CEO doesn't think it is important to get engineer's trust. because frequent laid off.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Always in the dark and wore too many hats!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, matching 401K, flexibility, can work from home, free coffee.

    Cons

    Selling products before they are designed. Major pressure and stress to complete the tasks to design/manufacture prior to shipping tools. Everything is a fire and urgent every single hour of everyday. Transition to market is too fast. Very limited resources and we wear many hats.

    Advice to Management

    Need to communicate to your employees and actually listen to them and give feedback. When we got a new GM he did not even address our site! Too many upper management upstairs just running into eachother. Not engaging the workers at all.

  6. Helpful (1)

    I've had 6 managers, 6 HR directors, exp 10 layoffs and 5 GM's is less than 9 years.

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility with working hours. Can travel to see the world. Work with some very good and interesting people.

    Cons

    No formal training, micro managing, never promote internally, Does not build tools to customer satisfaction. Poor product management. Hires too many chiefs with no Indians. Too much internal finger pointing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workers. Promote from within!!! Need ALOT of vision

  7. Sr. Electrical design engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule.
    provide a good snack(fruit).

    Cons

    Develop a new research equipment

    Advice to Management

    Company have failed to present a vision of future and individual ability to individual.

  8. Unstable working environment

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    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice work partners, nice people

    Cons

    Prepare to get laid off at any time. Very unstable working environment. If has a project, company will hire people; no project, company laid off people. People comes and goes for all of time. Do not expect yearly salary inflation increase. If your salary is not decreased, you are lucky.

  9. Are you kidding!? Don't waste your time unless all you want to do is work there for maybe 6 months to 1 year.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Veeco Instruments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice start off salary within any part of the company

    Cons

    Micro-managing upon Micro-managing upon Micro-managing of tasks and employees all the way down the chain. Until the buck stops where it stops.
    Get rid of employees when management makes bad decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Manufacturing companies such as yours needs to focus on their employees and the market to keep competitive and employees happh.
    Wasting time thinking that companies would be CAPITAL EQUIPMENT each year is very very stupid if you ask me coming from any type of college graduate with a sense of business. Come on!!

  10. Helpful (1)

    good and not so good.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Team I worked with were fantastic engineers. My immediate management backed me up when I needed it with a difficult customer.

    Cons

    I was changing to a job which was going to be full time travel. Upper management did not stand up for me against the customer which were using me as a contract negotiation tactic.

  11. Helpful (1)

    The Good the Bad and the Ugly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Good people in general. For quite a stretch the profit sharing checks were generous. As the world leader in MOCVD for high brightness LEDs when the market comes back profit sharing will be good.

    Cons

    Profound Lack of vision and leadership at the engineering 'leadership' level. Currently there aren't resources for a lot of product development. Too many chiefs and not so many Indians.

    Advice to Management

    A leader is different than a manager. A Ph.D does not assure leadership. In fact there is an inverse relationship between the two. Promote the authentic leader in the engineering department.

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