Zygo Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
16 Reviews

2.7
16 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beneficial -- Enjoyed the work, was well-compensated, and learned a tremendous amount

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zygo for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The technology & level of intelligence of the personnel

    Cons

    Work-life balance becoming less balanced

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Older company set in their ways.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Zygo full-time

    Pros

    They are an established leader in their market with lots of great technology produced by their team of Ph.D.'s. They also have a number of key developers who have been with the company for a long time giving it stability.

    Cons

    It's difficult to change the mindset of the central developer team as they are used to doing things a certain way. I didn't see much vision on what direction to take the company, and now that they've been sold to Ametek, I can only imagine there will be more pressure to hit their numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set key technology goals and then drive development to plan out how they will achieve those goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Jr. Planner- Vivian Li

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    Current Employee - Junior Planner  in  Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Planner in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at Zygo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is my first Job and I love Zygo.

    Cons

    everything is awesome at Zygo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no work Saturdays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly run company

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

    I worked at Zygo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is located in Richmond, California and it is a nice area to live and weather is always mild.

    Cons

    Management is very set in their ways. It is rather poorly managed. Most new people are hired for new projects. Management consistently bids on job below what it costs to make the parts. They tend to blame engineers for cost over runs to keep their jobs. Most of the management is infected with petty jealousy and incompetence. Management is unable to get into new business and unwilling to try spending money on developing new products and methods of manufacturing. They only know how to make expensive aspheres.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management at the Richmond site needs to retire and get some new blood in the company to be able to grow new business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible place to work as a software engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer I  in  Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Richmond, CA

    I worked at Zygo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I seriously don't know what to say here. Maybe some people are nice? I can barely reach 20 words minimum requirement LOL.

    Cons

    There's a lot to say here.
    Stagnant management: An easy small change would need a long time to propagate to the upper level management / system. Management doesn't understand software but still arragont about they know it.

    You are told what to do: And that is pretty much what you can do there. Management prepares the project for you and you finish it. No room for discussion. No choice of projects to work on. A small technical efficient change on implementation would take days for management to agree. Imaging explaining technology to people don't care or understand technology. That makes ppl frustrated.

    Projects are boring, non-innovative:
    Here it tights up to the last point. You are told what to do, so non-innovative management gives boring projects for sure.

    Poor software development environment:
    No easy develop environment setup, you have to write everything from scratch. I basically need to spend a lot of to time create tools for myself. A lot of core level software need to be re-design or rewrite for a better and a more understandable code structures. Yet the management is afraid the changes.

    You are on your own:
    People don't know software here, so you are on your own to solve the problems. No discussions happen because they don't understand the problem you are facing. The management even blame you for taking more time to make better approaches to the problem.

    Overall, I wish I can give a 0 star. It was a waste of time joining this company. Totally not recommended for software engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to have a lot of changes. They need people that can accept the changes. They need to understand it's the changes that drives this company forward.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Waste of time. Dumbed down.

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    Former Employee - Senior  in  Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Senior in Richmond, CA

    I worked at Zygo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Can't think of anything worth mentioning. Perhaps the healthcare plan once past the waiting period.

    Cons

    Mega politics / bullying with Ma-Pa start-up culture and turf wars. Favoritism with old-time prima-donna's running the place who are not well-rounded to modern corporate culture. Need new org structure, kick out pseudo-managers and get in real leaders. Lack of modern infrastructure, facilities, processes, etc. Contempt for documentation. Engineering hacks. Falsifications. Horrible integrity/ethics. Discriminatory. By far, the worst company I've worked for. Was a major career mistake!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some experience at a good company first and embrace good culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zygo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good health insurance, and 401K.

    Cons

    Horrible management that caters only to the older workers. Younger people are treated like dirt and looked down upon. No room for advancement, and raises are sparse. Hourly pay is low compared to other companies in the optics field. Safety is also a concern, as many machines are old and breakdown quite often. The work is boring and repetitive, and easily the worst company I ever worked for. Management only cares about taking care of the shareholders, and do not care about their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to the floor people and their concerns, instead of just ignoring them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No name

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at Zygo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very bad company, it is lay off people smart

    Cons

    Illegal
    Lawsuit in their way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lawsuit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people and technology... horrible management

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Middlefield, CT
    Current Employee - Technician in Middlefield, CT

    I have been working at Zygo full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, top rate engineering and production people. The products and technology was the most impressive I have worked with and there are a lot of very smart and motivated people on the production floor. I really learned a lot in my years at Zygo. I started with an electronics background but learned a lot about optics and the manufacturing process while I was there.

    Cons

    Upper management clueless and holding company back. Company politics and kissing up to management valued over work quality and product knowledge. When work got slow lay offs were based on who was kissing up rather than who was the most productive and knowledgeable employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need upper management with knowledge of manufacturing process and organization, too much company politics and game playing. With proper management this company could really go places and be GREAT place to work. As it was when I was laid off there were great things about it but dealing with upper management was painful!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    logistic supervisor, left on September 2012

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zygo full-time

    Pros

    good salary, benefits and life insurance

    Cons

    no a healthy environment, no a good place to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more more careful with the people

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