Veeco Instruments

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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
52 Reviews
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52 Reviews
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Veeco Instruments CEO and Director John R. Peeler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Profit sharing program is very generous (in 5 reviews)

  • High tech company with a lot of problems (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management constantly in flux (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management seems overly concerned with the shareholders and market perceptions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Develop a new research equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Business - Bad Location

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, smart technical people

    Cons

    business acumen is lacking, decisions take forever, tons of starts and stops

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consolidate the businesses, create a fundamental engineering team to work across all platforms and be more decisive and communicate more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    If you have other employment options, take them!

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is average with industry. Profit sharing is above average

    Cons

    Too many politics in the company. Managers and Directors do not support their employees. Definitely a "good old boy" environment. In my situation the manager was very unprofessional, would send inappropriate emails and loudly criticize his employees in a small office where everyone would hear his ranting. Same manager later promoted to Director and still at Veeco, so Veeco must promote this type of behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Closely review your managers. Get inputs from their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good and not so good.

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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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The Good the Bad and the Ugly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only good thing is that you may learn something about the tools. It may help you to get a job on the customer side, hopefully.

    Cons

    First of all, they don't have formal training even safety training. Too many layers in management, your manager screens information keeping you in the dark, therefore there is no way you get the bigger picture so that you don't have a way to innovate. Also on the other hand, all the credit is taken by your manager and when it is time to lay off people, you manager can get you out easily. This kind of culture kills all the creativity. That is also why they have a lot of projects, few of them are successful. They don't care about your career at all. When the stock market is screwed, it is time for you to move on. It is also a place racially divided. All the management do is acquiring. There is not much long-term new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are human beings, not just a number, or numbers. Treat people as people please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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