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Updated September 22, 2017
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
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Pros
  • The reason I liked working for this company was good people to work for, good benefits and there was plenty room to advance to (in 20 reviews)

  • Cree has strong technology and good people (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and no work/life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • too many overworked people, no work-life balance, not much development of their emplyees (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to live"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Design Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Computer Design Specialist in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better pay, Awesome chairs, Strongly competitive, Tirelessly engaging, Agreeable lunches, Raw talent, Delicious breakfasts, Strong chairs

    Cons

    Not enough time in the day

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "review"

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

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    some nice people, really depends on what group you end up in, the gym and cafeteria are nice perks, if you have a toxic personality you will succeed

    Cons

    many groups expect 60+ hours per week, weak vision and prospects for the future, racing to the bottom, product portfolio not big enough

    Advice to Management

    get into more specialty products with higher margins. need to find more uses for silicon carbide. if you want to become a commodity company (which you don't, but still compete against commodity products) the expectations for margins need to be adjusted. but i know, you are beholden to the shareholders, the curse of a public tech company that is scrambling to stay a tech company.

  3. "Cree"

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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

    Pros

    Challenging Rewarding Motivating Aggressive Encompassing Passionate. Great opportunity for persons with ambition to challenge norms and make world class products.

    Cons

    Time seems to go too fast.

    Advice to Management

    Keep breaking down doors


  4. "Process development engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady challenging employment in growing industry for almost 20 years. Smart motivated people. Raleigh great place to live. Cree pays for masters degree.

    Cons

    Cree Wolfspeed split creates awkward work relationships.
    Training for new engineers inadequate. Limited career path for non phds who are not managers.

    Cree Response

    Sep 19, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your 10+ years of service and agree that we have very intelligent and motivated employees. Re-integrating Wolfspeed continues to be a focus as we move forward. We appreciate your... More


  5. "some good, some bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    interesting work and innovative company

    Cons

    engineering runs the company, regardless of cost

    Cree Response

    Sep 19, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your review. We provide a high-tech work environment in which innovation stands as one of our core fundamental principles as we progress forward. Thank you for your time as a full-time... More


  6. "good company"

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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

    Pros

    flexible hours and interesting research

    Cons

    small company health benefit

    Advice to Management

    none fornow

    Cree Response

    Sep 19, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your comments and we continue to actively review them so that we can continue to make improvements for our employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Slow improvement"

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    Current Employee - Assembler/Machine Operator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Assembler/Machine Operator in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cree full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a steady job even some of its businesses go slow. Hard workers will stay considered for fair review. However still not enough for some all.

    Cons

    Management is working only for the profit of the their own. Your communication mostly are ignored as actions. Reviews or incentives are disappointing. Move forward to next level is quite impossible unless you know someone...

    Advice to Management

    Management need more clear actions towards employees. Ignorance will take to a negative reactions.

    Cree Response

    Sep 19, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your opinions and review. We appreciate your more than five years of contributions and work!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Process Sustaining Engineer"

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

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay with decent benefits to attract new employees.

    Cons

    Hierarchy culture where employees are not valued at all. Management is encouraged to ridicule and criticize subordinates regularly. Employees rewarded for throwing each other under the bus. HR cares little about employee complaints. Lots of bickering and gossiping between management and employees. Yearly cuts to benefits with increasing costs. Feedback is never positive, only "OK" if doing a great job, and treatment is poor if needing improvement. Management's personal feelings get in the way of professionalism. The best thing about this place was that I left.

    Advice to Management

    None, management wouldn't care either way.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not too Bad"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security and compensation plan

    Cons

    Culture is overall negative, upper management seems to not care too much about their employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees better and you will have less turn over of employees leaving.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "The mistreatment needs to stop"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good cafe and gym
    Desk has good space
    access to equipment and desk supplies
    Big Events

    Cons

    Extremely little vacation time
    Holiday time off is minimum
    No flexible time off at all
    Engineer management is the least organized I have ever seen. It's hard to watch how it goes in many departments outside of Marketing. A lot of them are not worthy of their positions because they lack managerial qualities such as communication and respect. You can work your butt off and let them push you around for years and they will throw you out anytime just because they feel like it.

    Advice to Management

    Think more about the engineers you destroy and realize that their contribution towards the company and your image is going downhill at a rapid rate. It's more beneficial to everyone if you actually take care of them. Listen to your employees before making assumptions and shouting at their faces. A free lunch every quarter doesn't make you a good manager if you're putting them in heavy workloads and making impossible expectations. They would rather have more communication and organization in the team than a free pizza.


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