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Updated September 7, 2017
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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. "Good benefits but changing structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    great health benefits, retirement plan, free vision, yearly bonus

    Cons

    losing personal space due to Activity Based Workspaces, seem like Dutch are trying to make us fit their plan without caring about American needs

    Advice to Management

    Stop making us like them and take the local opinion into account...we aren't Dutch. We don't care about what's happening over there, we care that our footprint in San Diego is being wiped away with the merger. Find a local charity and sponsorship to still allow us to be part of the community here!!!


  2. "Evolving Company"

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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

    You are working with really intelligent people and are able to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Has issues with politics, but what company doesn't

  3. "Great place for engineers"

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

    I worked at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, excellent management, good culture and training opportunities, hands on experience.

    Cons

    Owned by ASML, which often pushes bureaucratic procedures and excessive documentation requirements.


  4. "Good while I was there"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Community outreach is excellent.

    Cons

    Too many different managers, one every year.

    Advice to Management

    I bet you are kicking yourselves now, so you already know. Boy you lost some great people.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Absolutely worst place unless you wanna ruin your life!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing I remember. All bad memories!

    Cons

    Long hours, bullying in extreme, abusing managers, over the top unrealistic expectations, no training, no Beni for of doubt. Do one mistake and you're fired!

    Advice to Management

    Better quite


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It's not Cymer any more"

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    Current Employee - Machinist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Machinist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are fairly decent

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they're doing it's complete chaos from the top to the bottom

    Advice to Management

    Replace all the people in the human resource department


  7. "Great job, allot of upside"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Parent company (ASML) owns the future of chip making technology
    - Upper management capable and moving in the right direction
    - Great work and life balance

    Cons

    - Pay not the highest
    - Lack of new technical challenges

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Very Poor Leadership on Cymer Side of ASML... Stay Away"

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

    I worked at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Technology satisfies the inquisitive brain of an engineer. Benefits are a bit above satisfactory. Onsite cafeteria is superb. Great community volunteer relationship.

    Cons

    I am not so sure where to begin here as there seems to be many cons at this company. Culture, senior leadership, Cymer and ASML operating as two businesses under one roof... egos.

    Advice to Management

    I will start by suggesting ASML remove the executive leadership from Cymer side and readjust the reporting structure so that the entire site reports into a more mature/experienced ASML leadership team. Company operates as two businesses, Cymer and ASML. This causes major business conflicts which hinders progress, colaboration, culture under the same roof. HR does not represent the employee, only the senior leadership's agenda at this site. Senior leadership does not have a clue what is happening on the floor. This is the most disfunctional company I have seen. Perhaps all experiences are were not as underwhelming as mine.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "OK but stifling attempts for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Good salaries and benefits. Decent communication top to bottom. Workers who care about their work quality. Good place to learn but don't expect much career advancement. Recommended as a place to learn but then leave to find a more rewarding place for your career.

    Cons

    Unrealistic schedules demanded by management. Management makes mistakes but then blames employees when things go wrong. No setting of priorities; every single thing is top priority so making comparative resource decisions is difficult. Butt in seats and toadyism to management causes promotions rather than output. Processes are routinely overruled.

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen to any advice.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not Recommended"

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

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

    Pros

    I'm not sure I can enunciate any real pros for working at this company. I guess of pushed, their medical benefits package was pretty good.

    Cons

    Completely dysfunctional senior management in this company. In fact, in the recent past, CYMER went through multiple HR VP's in a 4-5 year period. The CYMER management team does not see eye to eye with the ASML (who owns CYMER) management team and fight them whenever a new policy or recommendation for improving the business is made. The Operations team is dysfunctional, starting at the top, while every other aspect of this organization remains trapped in the "glorious past" of this organization. The work spaces are dark and dingy with carpet that has so many stains in it throughout the facilities, that one wonders if anyone cares about a good workplace environment. When I worked there, I would not recommend any friends or colleagues apply. This was literally the worst professional experience of my life. Don't work here if you can help it!

    Advice to Management

    Reitre


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