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Cree Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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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 21 reviews)

  • Great people and outstanding technology (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • However most managers are good about respecting work life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • No work life balance is expected, there is a strong push to manage by fear (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Racine Assembly"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional In Assembly in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Professional In Assembly in Racine, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good persons on the line for the most part, engaged in what they are doing

    Cons

    Mandatory weekends at the end of each quarter, zero life balance. You would have to burn a vacation day to not miss a family event. And i've seen it where they've pulled in so many orders to build their quarter report that they had no business for the 1st day of the quarter, and guess what, on a Monday you have to burn a vacation day because the plant is closed.

    Advice to Management

    Figure it out, quickly.


  2. "some good, some bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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

  3. "good company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Process Sustaining Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Slow improvement"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not too Bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "The mistreatment needs to stop"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Accountability and strategy are muddled"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, good products, ethical

    Cons

    Too much blaming the people who work for you


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Cree IT"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot to learn - few administrative obstacles.

    Cons

    Long hours and no work/life balance. Made to feel you were 'lucky'

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to employees - period, and for ideas.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, gym, nice people, fast paced, good product line and LED business has lot of future prospects

    Cons

    Bit unstable, lot of crazyness with upper management not following what they preach


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