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Updated October 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Many training opportunities, cutting edge technology and room for growth (in 19 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, as it is possible for you to work shorter weeks if so requested; (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance for traveling employees is far below what management advertises (in 10 reviews)

  • Agile way of working is a work in progress (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "A nice company to build your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Wilton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ASML full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of its research and manufacturing sections is located in Wilton, CT, on the Eastcoast of US. ASML has its main section in Dutch. The colleagues are quite nice and creative. I enjoy the corporate culture in this company. Another thing that I appreciate this company brings me is the soft skills trainings, which is very helpful for personal development as well.

    I think it is a good company to develop a nice career path.

    Cons

    You can be confused at the management structure at the very beginning, especially as a new employee. But gradually, I start to figure out the advantages of current managing structure. This can help company keep productive while value people at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to thank my GL and PL first and I do think he did a very job on guiding people as well as controlling projects. But I heard from other departments or teams that not all the managers have the same wise management style, which would depress and stress out some of our smart and hard-working employees. Please take some actions to have the not-so-good managers to learn from the very good managers.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Do not come here"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is fair compared to other similar organizations

    Cons

    No management support. No respect from main office in Europe.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make employees feel like they should just shut up and take abuse and be happy they have jobs in the lousy economy.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Mechanical Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Wilton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ASML full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large market share in the Semiconductor space

    Cons

    High Turnover rate
    Underutilize employees
    Too large to function efficiently
    Management doesn't work for the good of the employee
    Instead of working for the good of the product, everyone cares mainly about themselves which creates a lot of internal politics and people only working for their own self interest.
    It takes 4 months to go through the new employee orientation where it should take 2-3 weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Needs a full overhaul of the documentation, management, and human resources systems.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "ASML - a bunch of wonderful people amking the best of an impossible situation!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EC Writer in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - EC Writer in Wilton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ASML (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Leading-edge technology in optics and microcircuit fabrication.

    Cons

    Aloof management fully bent on maximizing profits while exploiting employees as much as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Why offer advice to people who didn't ask for it, don't care to hear it, and won't use it, even if it would save their necks?


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sweatshop mentality, no career growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ASML full-time

    Pros

    It's a former startup owned by a very stable Fortune 50 company which is one of the few in the technology industry where there are no layoffs. They provide dinner at no cost to employees four nights a week.

    Cons

    The workload is crushing. Employees are expected to work long hours and weekends to meet product deadlines--the free dinners are provided for those who work past 8pm. Internal politics are unpleasant. Performance scores are forced onto a bell curve.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Wilton Operations are complete failure"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Wilton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ASML full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Trainings, Profit sharing and that's it.

    Cons

    New managers in Mechanical Engineering are useless. Anyone who are in buddy systems are promoted quickly with zero abilities. No promotions, no sense of team work, bunch of Idiots (new managers) screwing up entire work culture and spirit of good engineers. Lot of them leaving due to bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Kick new managers out of their current jobs.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sucks"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wilton, CT
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sucks bc it had bad management

    Cons

    Sucks bc they were very condescending

  8. Helpful (5)

    "ASML is Great - Brion not so much"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brion is now part of ASML. ASML is really a great company - well structure organized, with a clear vision.

    Cons

    All the above is everything but true for the brion department of ASML. No organization no vision no leadership.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Wilton site is a poor place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ASML full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work offers access to a mix of interesting high technologies. But this comes with a heavy price... see cons.

    Cons

    In brief, it is a pressure cooker environment at the mid-level. An overbearing way of working bureaucracy is drilled down everyone's throats. There are too many managers (compared to people actually working) who spend their time making Powerpoint presentations to justify their existence to the Dutch management overseas. Micromanagement is a fine art in Wilton. Excessive number of meetings is a major drain on the staff. There is poor training and support for new employees. There is an entrenched old guard in the senior management in Wilton consisting mainly of survivors of the 2001 merger. Their decisions serve their interests and often come at the expense of the workers reporting to them. Too many engineers are burned out or have become cynical. The work site is very overcrowded and the environment is depressing. Unfortunately, HR cannot help as they are stretched too thin, stressed out, and are as overburdened as the rest of site. The outlook for future professional advancement is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the entrenched old guard management in Wilton. Hire competent HR staff who can actually help rather than support the entrenched way of working. Either move to a new building or reduce the headcount. The current trend is unsustainable.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Production Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ASML full-time

    Pros

    Positive Semiconductor equipment reputation in industry

    Cons

    Low salary and allowance.
    Didn't provide technical training for Production Engineer but on call.
    Always asking Engineer overtime on weekend and night shift.
    Low wage adjustment per year.
    Unofficial define good performance rate, wage adjustment, training to specific person.
    Shortage resource which company didn't develop employees.
    Junior team leader advocate elbow culture to Engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Please terminate team leader who should not be management team member. Who is going to stop Team leader share employee salary to other employees.


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