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Updated August 4, 2018
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Cymer Chief Technology Strategist of ASML & SVP of Cymer Technologies Division Robert P. Akins
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  • "Work life balance is an issue too" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Multiple people in upper management come from low tech background such as automotive industry" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    fantastic company to work at

    Cons

    can't think of any


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manger Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cymer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Staff, worked with a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Horrible management, They didn't respect employees at all.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation benefits and a lot of smart people

    Cons

    Less and less focused on employee happiness. We are moving from cubicles to callcenter like spaces. Not enough bathrooms for the amount of people, so oop at home before coming to work


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    "Terrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Worked with some very smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch with their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating good workers so badly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "IT Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Friendly, in a good area for lunches, food, and walks.

    Cons

    Management. Politics. Lies. No accountability by anyone. QUick to blame on others

    Advice to Management

    Management will blame you for anything that's wrong. Even though you are not in the meeting when the decision was made. By far my worst experience for 3 months ever.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sr Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cymer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting technology, weather in San Diego is always perfect!

    Cons

    As a manager, I had zero authority. Zero. Expense reports of all of my direct reports approved by VP. Culture of fear as Cymer Light Source CEO is a tyrant. CEO has brought in his Yes Men from Applied Materials, which defines the culture and has driven out almost all ability to make decisions at Director level and below. Seriously, folks....if you are going to pay me $140k a year....you should enable me to make some decisions.

    Motto at UCSD is “Friends don’t let friends work for Cymer”

    Advice to Management

    Remove all Cymer Light Source CEO YES MEN and get back to serving your customer.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Changing company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of technical challenges and smart people to work with. Good compensation and benefits (for the San Diego area)

    Cons

    Lots of change since the ASML Merger, More bureaucracy and corporate structure.

    Advice to Management

    Let Cymer be Cymer. Bring back Bob Akins.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    work with a group of very intelligent ppl. a lot of great opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    work can be intense. need to be very self-motivated

    Advice to Management

    should have better training program.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Working for a pay check"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great technology
    -Steady pay to work in a toxic environment

    Cons

    - Business bogged by politics,
    - Run by fear of escalating, because folks will escalate everything and even VPs go to HR with employee complaints
    -No checks and balances
    - HR works for top level management

    Advice to Management

    - Put in actions to establish a healthy working environment


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and decent pay. Onsite cafe. Project timelines are rarely met and/or canceled. Large variety of work. Very interesting technology

    Cons

    Poor mid management. Matrix organization structure prevents progress. Too many chiefs and not enough workers. The good people generally move on in a year or two.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and see it through. Consider promoting from within instead of bringing in outside people that are not familiar with the company’s procedures. Base promotions on accomplishments and not on presentation/talking skills.


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