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Updated January 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "Improving culture & great people" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Good people to work with for the most part" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work Life Balance, Its especially with the department that I work" (in 60 reviews)

  • "No work life balance is expected, there is a strong push to manage by fear" (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Assembler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    Working at Cree has its many advantages. The hours are set scheduled. The training was very informative and easy. You were given three breaks. The site also has a on-site workout facility.

    Cons

    The only con is that you couldn’t leave the site for lunch.

    Cree Response

    Nov 7, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your review and for your service with our organization. We are thrilled you had a positive experience with us.


  2. "Ok company"

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    Former Employee - Process Technician in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing company, good work environment.

    Cons

    Deadlines put pressure on shift managers and when numbers are not met, production floor employees seem to get the bad end of things. Don't feel like my job is secure unless you are hired on through the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire temp employees quicker.

  3. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits the provide are good

    Cons

    The way you accrue time off

    Advice to Management

    Be fair sided


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing people, amazing time to be here"

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    Former Employee - Process Sustaining Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Process Sustaining Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, on the job training, amazing future outlook, many (not all) wonderful people everywhere you look, you self-manage yourself during the day (no one tells you what to do), you're given a lot of power (and responsibility) in your position over time. People rely on you to have the answers and call the shots.
    ESPP had netted me almost 15K this year.
    Good work is rewarded if management sees it.

    Cons

    Long hours (50 expected per week, often work more though). Usually need some availability outside of work (as a process owner). The cash bonus structure is a mystery. some management decisions have been short-sighted in the past. staffing is usually tight in engineering. feels like cost-cutting is an overapplied decision-making consideration (not sure what can be done about that, since that's business)

    Advice to Management

    Hire some more engineers to take some load off the ones who are here (because they might leave), pay fairly (consider and apply fair market value) to retain talent.
    Seek out and demonstrate appreciation for those that deserve it (almost everyone deserves it).

    Cree Response

    Dec 17, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your detailed review and items that we should look into in order to improve your experience. We evaluate feedback from each review and use it to guide improvements. Thank you for your... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    A great place to work right out of school

    Cons

    I do not really have any cons

    Cree Response

    Jan 15, 2019 – Human Resources

    We are thrilled that you were happy with your experience! Thank you for the review.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "engineering Manger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work, Good Management, Great technology

    Cons

    Less focus on the critical and important future power semiconductor technology

    Advice to Management

    SIC has less focus in 2017

    Cree Response

    Dec 17, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your 3+ years of service with our organization. We appreciate the review and continue to work hard to provide the best employee experience. We continue to evaluate feedback via multiple... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Still "Almost There""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many great co-workers.
    Many great managers.
    Goal-oriented company that rewards innovative solutions.

    Cons

    Everyone still works within their silo.

    Advice to Management

    All of the training and development of our company's leaders is a step in the right direction, however, everyone still seems to only work within their silo. HR, IT, Engineering, Operations, R&D, EHS all have their own goals and performance indexes and they don't always fit well or play nice together. Build and celebrate more cross-functional teams that work together to solve problems instead of dealing different ones to different departments to own. Many employees are unaware of the cross-functional teams that currently exist as there is little or no communication regarding their successes. Ensuring that departmental goals support our company goals, and sharing the success and even the opportunities for improvement we have will help support us all pulling in the same direction and sharing resources to make the business better.

    Cree Response

    Nov 7, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your review and current service with our organization. Your feedback is important for us to continue to improve the experience for our employees. We will use this feedback in addition... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Corporate Survey and Communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cree full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gregg Lowe and the new Sr Management

    Cons

    The rest of the Sr Management

    Advice to Management

    I know that Gregg wants to change the culture and want people to bring issues up as they arise. But guess what? the big elephant in the room still exists, and this is not easy to fix. Retaliation fear will always be there. Even if Gregg promises it won't. RDU is a small area, everybody knows everybody. If I said what I really though of my manager, maybe I'd still be hired but I wouldn't be able to find another job in this area because HE knows EVERYBODY in this industry. So please be mindful of that. People won't throw their bosses under the bus if these individuals will then kill their careers outside Cree.

    Cree Response

    Oct 11, 2018 – Human Resources

    We appreciate your review and your 8+ years of service with our organization. We continue to make progress in the evolution of our culture and are seeing great progress. We continue to evaluate... More


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Still need people leadership work done at Executive level (for some)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cree full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Appears that the semi conductor side of the business is very strong, with lots of potential

    Cons

    Executive Leadership of Global Operations needs a lot of development of people leadership skills. Still seeing constant moodiness, unwillingness to listen to anyone else’s ideas, massive need to control and approve virtually everything. Does not let the team grow on their own. Very little praise given. Does not share business information. Outwardly displays favorites, which is starting to separate the teams. Blind sides people with “performance issues”, but never mentions anything previous. Appears to be good at the technical aspects of running a factory, but not good at people managing.

    Advice to Management

    Do not stop looking at the Executive teams true Leadership skills. There is lots of work to be done.

    Cree Response

    Nov 7, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your review and for your more than a decade service with us. We are listening to feedback from multiple ways and are using it to drive improvements in the employee experience. We... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great innovation with new strong management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong executive management team
    Fast paced
    Great sales teams

    Cons

    Execution needs to be precise yet fluid with growth. Invest to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Grow talent organically and increase promotion from within

    Cree Response

    Oct 11, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your 5+ years of service with our organization. As we continue to grow we will continue our push to grow and develop our talent internally.