I worked at Zygo full-time (More than 3 years)
Despite it's downfalls, I had a great time working as an Applications Engineer at Zygo at a satellite office. Even though my career path was limited, I got a lot of exposure to companies, people, conferences, and held a number of incredible responsibilities for someone right out of college. You're dealing with clients who are purchasing very expensive equipment and you're often their first point of contact. Very challenging position.
Dead end, career-wise. Lower pay than average. A lot of drama and politics when you visit headquarters. A lot of he-said she-said, but you can easily avoid that by keeping conversations casual.
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Zygo (Middlefield, CT).
I first had an interview at my school and then three weeks later received an email asking me to come in for an on-site interview. The on-site was over six hours long and I interviewed with eight different people. Every person who interviewed me asked me the same basic questions, why are you interested in the position, tell me about your past experiences, etc. Nothing too intellectually stimulating. Someone from HR was supposed to interview me at the end of the day but she never showed up because she was busy in another meeting. They told me I would hear back either way since they appreciated me traveling all the way out to CT (I live 3 hours away) but after two follow-up emails and two months later I never heard anything back.
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