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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Bad place to work across the board."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    These days any work is good to have. That is just about the most positive thing to say about this company.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent on many different levels, pay is far lower than industry standards, many benefits including school reimbursement and 401k have been removed and show no signs of coming back. Even through a recession you would think a company would at least appear to attempt to hold on to the people that hold the company afloat, but not this one. No one is happy and it really shows. Threatening to quit is the only way to get a raise or promotion. This is one of those companies that you will never hear anyone say anything positive about.

    Advice to Management

    At least try to look like you care about people who work hard, and communicate with people on different levels, other than biased and often completely incompetent supervisors.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Was a good place to work, not anymore."

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    Former Employee - Process Technician in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Having a source of income is a good thing.

    Cons

    Living on unemployment income is way more favorable than this working for this company. Medical benefits were reduced year after year. Management is incompetent and unfair. At one point we were promised profit sharing but it never panned out. Everything is about bottom line. Sure, Cascade has a lot of cash and has faired pretty well during tech downturn but they wouldn't dare think of using any of it to make employees happy.

    Advice to Management

    Retain and keep the good managers. Don't fire them. Re-think the current management.

  3. "Left and Right hands don't know what the other is doing"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cascade Microtech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worker bees are friendly and strive to do the right thing. Being in Beaverton means not having to drive in downtown Portland traffic.

    Cons

    Management is clueless. The preverbal left and right hands don't know what the other is doing. Decisions are made without all the right information. Management doesn't listen to their employees. No raises in over nine years. Not everyone is treated the same. You see serious favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees. They are the ones that are doing the work.


  4. "Avoid at all Costs"

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    Former Employee - Senior Cost Accountant in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Accountant in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cascade Microtech (More than a year)

    Pros

    Commute that's about all I can say

    Cons

    Dry and very stuffy work environment, everyday I would wake up dreading what I had to do for the next 9 hours of my day. If you enjoy a stiff working environment that is not team orientated this would be the place for you. Lack of training, I was a contract worker and it was like watching paint dry there.

    Advice to Management

    Start organizing the departments as teams, include contract workers in meetings, they are a part of the department. Try to make work a place you don't dread going to


  5. "A good experience on the way to the next career opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cascade Microtech full-time

    Pros

    Lower level employees are talented people who work hard to make the company successful. Work life balance is good, which sort of make up for the poor pay rate and benefits.

    Cons

    Most positions at the company are dead end jobs. There are not really any opportunities for growth or advancement. There are a number of very talented and capable individuals that have been with the company for years doing basically the same thing and not advancing at all. The management is clueless and not supportive of those who do the real work. So many processes and systems used by the company are right out of the 80's. Every time the management makes the bad decisions which result in poor market performance, they lay off a bunch of employees to make up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the constant restructuring nonsense, and pick a direction to move forward. You have great employees. Value them, and stop treating them like they are disposable.


  6. "Was a great company - until they went public."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In this economy, any job is good and there still is a good balance between work and home. There are some good people left that are helpful, however the really good people that have been with the company are leaving. If you are good at kissing up and not working you can actually go far in this company.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, insurance benefits have become miniscule. I completely disagree with previous posting about the HR being good - that is laughable. Good ol boy culture is prevalent, as is a CYA mentality.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to build the best product, you should stop out-sourcing. If you are looking to sell the company or division you better hurry up.


  7. "Not The Cascade Of Old"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cascade Microtech full-time

    Pros

    Generous time off (28 days PTO for 10 years service). No forced overtime or extra long workweeks.

    Cons

    Unbelievably clueless management in the Systems business unit. It is inconceivable that Cascade reappointed Claus Dietrich as head of this business unit after he nearly brought Suss to complete ruin (before Cascade bought Suss). However, it is not just Claus, the entire Systems management chain is flawed: lacking knowledge in this technology space, tyrannical, micromanaging... More downside includes the perils of international development with a team in East Germany, clueless marketing, and too many variations of products and "specials".

    But perhaps the largest (and saddest) is the loss of the old-school Cascade culture to the cultures of Xerox and ESI (as new managers were hired from those companies). Systems was a really cool place to work back in the day...but not anymore.

    Advice to Management

    More democratic leadership. Seriously, listen to team members and take votes on major decisions, leveraging team members that do have experience in the technology space. And/or consider employment elsewhere. Be market driven not marketing driven.

  8. "Great people, great culture, management improving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and lower management really seems to care about their employees. Having a life is acceptable, and the environment is also a concern. The company regularly helps contribute to charity events with time and money and encourages employees to be a benefit to the community. The HR department is also great. The HR director is really trying but he's got a hard situation to handle.

    Cons

    You never know if you are going to be laid off and whether the company is doing well or not. It's not OK when you have no idea how things are going.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lay people off without warning and let people know who left (gossip is a bad way to let people know what's going on). Let people know how the company is doing between quarters. The new CEO is doing better, though.


  9. "chaotic and "we've always done it this way""

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Accountant in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cascade Microtech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging - if you like it. I did to some extend. I held as long as I though it was worth it, learned a lot.

    Cons

    Very challenging due to old accounting system and old philosophy. Improvements were literally not possible due to a single employee bully. A lot of re-work, no SWIs, no support/communication from other departments. I hear that employee is still there so more of the same?

    Advice to Management

    think kaizen, people. it's time.


  10. "For the most part...positive."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are generally very 'team' oriented without some of the cut throat type of behavior at some bigger companies like Intel. Management really attempts to treat the people in their groups fairly and respectfully.

    Cons

    Due to the present economic 'realities', pay has really not kept up to pace with where they should be relative to similar positions within the industry.

    Advice to Management

    If Cascade wants to hang on to their most valuable people, management needs to seriously consider paying them fairly for the value that they bring to the company. Some very valuable people have already left to go work for companies that better compensate for their skills and talents. Also, the review process and the rewards (pay increases) that come from the review process needs to be consistently applied. I recieved an excellent review (in the high 80's percentile) and did not recieve a raise in pay where others did recieve a raise simply because they had not gotten one in a long time.


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