WaferTech Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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  1. Good career start

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Camas, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Camas, WA

    I worked at WaferTech

    Pros

    Good Salary, entry level experience

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth, trailing edge tech

  2. Lower salary compared to other companies with similar inductrial field

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Camas, WA

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

    Pros

    (1) Job security due to few layoff
    (2) Good environment
    (3) Asian company with rich mother company

    Cons

    (1) Lower salary
    (2) Higher working loading
    (3) frequent meeting with headquarter at night

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. If you are from Taiwan with a Ph.D. You will go far with this company

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Vancouver, WA

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

    Pros

    Great team. I love my group that I have worked with and feel happy working with them on a daily basis.

    Cons

    There's not much of a chance for promotion in this company. Working here over 10 years, they keep changing my title from engineer 1, 2, 3, etc. but really it's the same job as when I started. They don't hire enough new people for me develop any supervisory role or mentor new engineers. Management is very effective but offers very little in the way of leadership. They can get things done, but they make you feel like crap in the process. It's a very shame based culture that does not hesitate to call you out if you make a mistake as engineer, technician or production specialist, but management never makes any mistakes. They push their goals very hard and later when there is some problem or unexpected result they blame their engineers for the issues and take no responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some leadership. Quit the BS, " perception management"that was so important in Asia and stand up for your workers instead of throwing them to the wolves when there are problems. There are a lot of brilliant and motivated people that work here, but they lose their motivations after getting punished for a mistake. Let them learn from their mistakes, praise their successes and inspire them to keep doing good things. Fear of punishment is a poor incentive for innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great co-workers, horrible management

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    Current Employee - Facilities Technician in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Facilities Technician in Camas, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great vacation, compressed work-week, built-in overtime. Great friendships formed with co-workers. People work together outstandingly when issues or emergency's happen.

    Cons

    Management is only ever concerned with themselves and the reports that they have to give to their managers. You could save the company $50,000, invent a new patent or help advert a major catastrophe. "Here is your $5 meal ticket." But if you forget to check a box on a report or left a piece of garbage on the floor after a major repair. Get ready to hear management berate you for a week. It is a company of perception and appearance. Be prepared to see your ideas either shot-down if the "buy-back" time isn't a week or the watch your idea be benched only to have it come back under your Superiors name a month later. Get ready to listen to a 30 minute speech about proper labeling for a role of duct-tape when your trying to discuss a major equipment problem that affects production. Promotion is almost always unattainable.

    Most of the departments are severely understaffed. Often you will be the only technician for your department onsite. Rarely provide OT coverage for when somebody is on vacation. You'll usually ask your co-work first if its OK to take some time off because you don't want to leave them hanging.

    Never seen anybody fired for not doing their job. So the the lazy worker has just as much job security has the high performer. Incentive to preform "better" is not there.
    "If you do it once, you own it for life" mentality.

    HR does not keep confidentiality. If you raise a concern about a manager. They will inform that manager directly about who made the complaint. Retaliation is a real thing. They will also attempt to sweep workers comp claims under the table. Demand that you sign documents removing liability from wafertech if you're injured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize how outstanding they're employees are. Recognize when somebody is performing better than the rest. Increase the head-count for technicians as workload/responsibilities increase.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great place to start, but quickly loses its appeal

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

    I have been working at WaferTech full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit program. Easy to succeed to a point if you play the game. Pretty good non-technical training program.

    Cons

    Constant struggles between management and engineering team. Lack of innovation and constantly asked to align to another TSMC fabs. Making any process or equipment change is hampered by endless and unhelpful bureaucracy. No real chance to advance unless you are fluent in Mandarin and/or worked at TSMC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your commitment to your employees. A lot of good people fall through the cracks or get so fed up they leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Good money, but you sacrifice your free time.

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    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Vancouver, WA

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

    Pros

    Good entry-level opportunity for college graduates. Decent benefits, and training. The tools are fairly up to date and challenging to troubleshoot and improve on. Pay was very good for entry level, I bought a boat after a year of working there.

    Cons

    Most engineering peers speak Mandarin as a first language. Communication is very hard. Life / work balance terrible. Carrying a pager for immediate contact infuses your time off with dread of being called back into work, and the Taiwanese work ethic of working 24/6 is rampant. Along with increased stress levels I can't recommend too much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Talent people to work with.

    Cons

    There are some lazy people too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Facilities Technician

    Former Employee - Facilities Technician in Camas, WA
    Former Employee - Facilities Technician in Camas, WA

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

    Pros

    It was wonderful place to work. Teamwork was emphasis daily to everyone.

    Cons

    No communication from shift to shift with the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management did not standup for there employees.

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Stable but unrewarding !

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    Former Employee - Equipment Tech in Camas, WA
    Former Employee - Equipment Tech in Camas, WA

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

    Pros

    .Good benefits. Safe environment. Owned by world leader in foundry chip manufacturing.

    Cons

    There are two companies here. First there is Wafertech. This part is the public face. Seems that this
    part is the American side. Then there is TSMC which is the Taiwanese side. They hold the purse strings and all decisions are made by them. They claim it is one company but it is not ! The Taiwanese receive bonuses and pay raises from TSMC but the Americans do not get the same.
    A couple of years ago TSMC announced 15% pay raises and two months pay across the board.
    They told us (Americans) that we were not TSMC employees. We do everything the same as TSMC
    but not included when it comes to rewards for hard work. This is a very prejudice company and you
    can really sense that through out the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your an American you can't stand out of TSMC's shadow. Your all in a bubble that you can't get out of. Most do not know what is really going on in the trenches. Your hands are tied. If you are Taiwanese you should remember what country you are in and show some respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    wafertech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Technician in Camas, WA
    Former Employee - Facilities Technician in Camas, WA

    I worked at WaferTech part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    can learn something if you are willing

    Cons

    hard work some times pretty stressful. not much future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some are good some are not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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