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  1. "Innovative during founder CEO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative products. Well run. Pioneer in automated material handling and enclosed pod technology. A+ customers. Very competent team of engineers, support staff, and sales team. Good culture, minimum office politics. Was at company in earlier years (late nineties)

    Cons

    Struggles between founding CEO and BOD/senior executives created confused strategy. New generation of senior executives seemed less innovative and misaligned with vision of founder CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Should have left founder to run the company and continue vision for products and strategy. Not sure why everything collapsed so quickly after being a pioneer for so many years, but clearly there is a lesson to be learned here.


  2. "lack of process and communication within organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Asyst Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, nice salary, growth potential was good

    Cons

    no communication, management conflicts, strife


  3. "Okay Company, many struggles to survive in industry."

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    I had a great manager and many opportunities.

    Cons

    Other managers not as strong and not guided from the top down. The Company struggled to make money and stay in business the entire time I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Materials and supplier management essential.


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  5. "Promising company and products with poor leadership and lack of accountability"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Worldwide name recognition with some promising products.
     - Leadership position within some of its product market segment niches.
     - Some very talented employees (but disfunctional due to lack of proper direction).

    Cons

    - Poor management structure and leadership with lack of accountability for employees and middle level management (and possibly senior management?).
     - No yearly strategic planning effort (no agreed upon direction for product lines).
     - Lack of consistency in the decision making process for whether a project is a go or not (i.e. Business Plan, ROI analysis).
     - Poor integration/communication between Japan and Fremont teams/groups.
     - Engineering driven, no market/customer needs driven company (i.e. build it and they will come).

    Advice to Management

    1) Better structure and process in place (or at least more consistant) before deciding to take on a new project and spend a significant amount or resources/money.
    2) More accountability for its employees.
    3) Become a market driven company.


  6. "New Product Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good supervision with clear direction. Problem statements were descriptive. Deadlines were reasonable.

    Cons

    Time was too tightly controlled with little inter team cooperation.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to more freely interact with other teams to further company goals.


  7. "Bankruptcy was appropriate given the business mgmt capability of Asyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people making up Asyst are willing (but not all are sufficiently skilled) to undertake their work's content. There is, however, a prevalent lack of accountability in the organization for low performance

    Cons

    Chaotic product development processes; discouragement of personal initiative was caused by unprofessional negative critical comments. Little if an coaching was exhibited.

    Advice to Management

    Business Processes - especially customer-facing & market validation - were absent; this is surprising give that Steve Schwartz, CEO, has an MBA


  8. "Asyst - the good, the bad, the very ugly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Asyst had an extensive product line which are used in major semiconductor fabs worldwide. If you mastered most of the product line, you can use this knowledge easily in other jobs.

    Technical employees are well-trained.

    Cons

    Management did not seem to get it. Instead of focusing in on core competences, they simply outsourced manufacturing losing a great deal of core competence. Instead of focusing in on profitable products, the focuses in on products that didn't seem to have a good fit in the industry.

    Too many layers of management for the number of rank of file employees.

    Asyst recently went bankrupt but is still operating.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your core employees. Cut your managment staff by 80% and re-hire core engineers and technicians to service your current installed base.


  9. "Proactive financial planning could of prevented chapter 11."

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    Pros

    Decent place to work, overtime manageable. Not stellar as far as cutting edge but good people worked there.

    Cons

    It filed chapter 11. More innovation was needed, better money management obviously.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention to financials and market conditions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too top Heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good for the industry but don't expect any pay raises.

    Cons

    Too management top heavy. there is 1.1 managers and above to every non-management.

    Advice to Management

    the is no need for managers that do not have any subordinates and only manage a task. Listen to the people that are actually working along side the customer. The have a greater in site into the industry than the sale or marketing team.


  11. "Asyst offered many challenges and rewards as a critical supplier of robotics machinery to top-tier companies + customers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    Pros

    1. High technology involvement with top-tier customers
    2. Immediate feedback and involvement with critical semi-conductor technologies.

    Cons

    1. Exceptionally competitive field as component supplier to OEMs.



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