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Cree Reviews

Updated March 15, 2019
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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 23 reviews)

  • "Good people to work with for the most part" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work Life Balance, Its especially with the department that I work" (in 61 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)

    "Lots of Opportunity for Promotions Within the Organization"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cree full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work / Life Balance; Challenging; Support from Management; People, Respectful Environment

    Cons

    A better PTO program. It's okay but there's room for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Continue treating employees with respect and remain supportive


  2. "Cree-Racine"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managment genuinely cares about employees. They actively seek ways to make employees feel heard by asking for suggestions and then taking the time to review, consider and make efforts to work towards something better.

    Great benefits, opportunities for career growth, tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    We have come a long way from where we were a year ago, so the only "con" for me would be the lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue doing what you've been doing the past year, it really has made a big difference.

  3. "Great Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Most job openings are in technical fields, which means limited sales openings


  4. "Congrats on the sale of the Lighting Business. A new lease on life for the once great lighting operation!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Sturtevant, WI
    Former Employee - Operations in Sturtevant, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great if you’re a semiconductor engineer.

    Cons

    Working for a company with senior leadership that knows nothing about electronic product manufacturing is painful. The value destroyed was sad. Today’s news of the sale gives this great Racine-based operation a new lease on life.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with semiconductors.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Much better than advertised"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    - Opportunity to get your hands dirty with as much as you're willing to take on
    - Crazy growth potential. Cree likes to double down on internal candidates and pushes good people into roles that might be a "stretch." A quick glance on LinkedIn proves that they are fully invested in this approach.
    - Opportunity to carve out a unique role for yourself within the organization.

    Cons

    - Work/Life balance can be a challenge. Even at the lowest levels of the organization, you'll be putting in more than 40 hours a week.
    - Some leadership and middle management are still clinging to "old Cree" and relish the opportunity to shoot down the new ideology whenever others aren't looking
    - It's simply a challenge to be a $1.5B company who competes with companies that have far more resources. You'll always be expected to do more with less
    - Comp and leveling are all over the place. Some people get lucky and get monster offers. Often they'll end up at a higher level for no apparent reason. Others will get insane low-ball offers and comp intentionally avoids making corrections after that person has "proved" their worth to the org.

    Advice to Management

    - Fixing work/life balance should be a top priority. Sending urgent emails on Saturday afternoon isn't going to help you retain good people, even if you do promote them

    - Top talent wants to be paid like top talent


  6. Helpful (8)

    "At the surface great! But below the surface....."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Facilities in Durham, NC
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/home balance, cree cafe, health center, discount program, and benefits (stock, 401k, medical dental and vision, home and auto insurance discount). Great co-workers in my department. It’s pretty cool how they do company night out, (ie: Carolina hurricanes tickets, trick or treat 5k, lunch and learns).

    Cons

    Initial training was sufficient, however, for a more comprehensive training in my department was terrible. From understanding the process and equipment to the programs used there was practically zero training.

    Company provides tools unfortunately there is never enough budget to get the proper tools or equipment I need to do my job efficiently and 20-30% of my day is running around looking for what I need.

    Company spends $500,000 on a building paint job but zero money on updating the infrastructure.

    A lot of politics in senior to upper management that has workers often feeling like they have to pick a side.

    Advice to Management

    Managers mindset is to survive another day. This includes putting out “fires” constantly. Very reactive not proactive. Equipment that was sufficient 8 years ago is not sufficient anymore. “It’s not in budget” is a real bummer to hear from bosses especially when you know that what you are pitching is best long term and makes sense financially.

    The number one asset is your workforce. Respect them and help them do their job and they will do right by you.


  7. "Trending Upward! Focused Leadership paying off"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SGA in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - SGA in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    renewed commitment to the employees; keeping each business unit focused on what it can control; recognizing that employees can teach mgmt too

    Cons

    still some pockets of folks that have not "gotten with the program"

    Advice to Management

    Stay on path you are on. Keep investing in the employees, and you will be rewarded.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great technology company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Company is serving major industry trends in LEDs, Automotive and telecom infrastructure markets with its SiC and GaN products. It has significant technical and leadership experience to continue its growth for years to come. New CEO has made significant positive changes in resetting both strategy and culture for Cree.

    Cons

    Cree has more work to do in gaining the needed infrastructure and scale to serve its target markets.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "So-so"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    Great industry
    Decent pay
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Inconsistent follow through and training


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Bad company"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Associate in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and long breaks

    Cons

    No stability, lots of lay offs