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Updated July 22, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is decentand the benefits are good

    Cons

    This is the worst place I've ever worked in my life it's mismanaged from top to bottom

    Advice to Management

    Close the door and move to Europe because it's not Cymer anymore


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company is dying"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    If you're in the right position you can network and make contacts at other companies

    Cons

    Ed Brown did a lot of damage as CEO and Jim Koonman isn't able to fix it because he's an engineer not an executive
    Youre working with some of the most unethical people you'll ever work with
    People in leadership roles have no leadership skills and staff doesn't respect them
    Human resources department is terrible. They stand by while totally illegal things go on

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourselves and your employees accountable

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place in San Diego"

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

    I have been working at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Free ice cream and barbeque and beer a few times a year.

    Cons

    The biggest problem is leadership. CEO is an engineer but terrible with people and can't figure out how to fix problems. Many people who are director or higher have less qualifications and experience than entry level employees. The only people staying at the company are ones close to retiring who don't want to look for another job or can't get another job anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Lead follow or get out of the way.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Bad place for women"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are male you can get away with treating female coworkers like 2nd class citizens. Some of the current employees take advantage of that.

    Cons

    When I told my HR rep that someone in a vice president position was abusing and harassing his female employees, even talking about his privates, she said I should mind my own business. One person who reports to him said she reported the same things and HR told her she could find another place to work if she didn't like it. Ii would never want my wife or daughter treated this way.

    Advice to Management

    You're running a company, not a frat house. Don't let male executives act liek they're in a Mad Men episode.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Nothing but meetings with no purpose."

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

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

    Pros

    Same thing others wrote: salaries and bonuses are good because that's the only way people will work here. But money doesn't make them stay.

    Cons

    Shrinking customer base.
    Technology duplicated by ASML products.
    Executives and VPS who don't work adn are waiting to retire.
    People motivated by fear.
    Lack of opportunities to grow and learn.
    HR department terrible and keeps nothing confidential.
    Different rules for different people.
    Some of the people are nice, but wasting their time here.
    Constant confusion over the relationship between Cymer and ASML.
    Rumors and gossip dominate

    Advice to Management

    The good old days are over.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Don't confuse Cymer with aSML"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good now but are changing soon. They probably won't be after that and its really the only reason to work here.

    Cons

    Cymer calls itself an ASML company, but it really isn't. Recruiters will play this down but don't be fooled. Taking an engineering job with Cymer is not the same as a job with ASML. Any engineer will want to work at ASML. When you work here it's easy to see Cymer is a dying company with terrible management and worse morale.

    Advice to Management

    Ice cream parties, picnics and bicycles rides don't make up for how bad you treat people.


  7. Helpful (7)

    ""Speak Up" and you'll regret it."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 pay and benefits are good but don't make up for everything else. Working here could ruin your career.

    Cons

    If you report ethics violations your boss will know you did before you're back at your desk. Managment tells everyone that retaliation isn't tolerated. That's not true. Your boss will know and can do anything to you without repercussions. HR will not help you and will tell you you brought in on yourself.
    Jim Koonmen is better than Ed Brown in some ways and worse in other ways.

    Advice to Management

    Did you forget you have a responsibility to shareholders?
    Don't tell employees to report ethics violations if you're going to tell their managers and fail to protect them from retaliation. This makes you as guilty as the person who does it.

    Cymer Response

    Jun 30, 2017 – Labor Market Communications

    Hi - My name is Chantal Beaumont and I am the ASML/Cymer corporate ethics officer. It troubles me to read this post, because you clearly believe that the company has not lived up to its own standards... More

  8. Helpful (6)

    "The Worst."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to working at Cymer. Avoid it at all costs. Don't believe CEO Jim Koonmen when he talks about empowerment.

    Cons

    I hear it was a good company a long time ago, but the former CEO hired his friends and family for jobs they aren't qualified for. He's gone now and his friends and family are still enjoying crazy salaries for doing nothing. They know ASML wants them gone so they're desperate to hang on as long as they can and many are willing to lie, cheat and steal to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about empowerment when you're blowing company money on people who are liabilities to ASML.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Really bad place to work"

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

    I worked at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    The company is located in San Diego

    Cons

    Multiple people in upper management come from low tech background such as automotive industry. They are not capable of understanding the technology and drive innovation. Primitive projects they are able to understand get assigned large numbers of people. Truly complicated projects get suffocated and end up being delayed or picked up by ASML.
    Swearing and yelling at people is a norm.
    Too many managers. Every engineers has 5 managers he has to report his results to. Group leads, team leads, project managers, project cluster managers, and so on.
    Huge turnover. Most of the truly talented people get driven out resulting in knowledge gaps.
    No recognition of success. Since managers are not capable of understanding the technology the credit goes to people reporting good results, not to people who actually did the work.
    Shoot the messenger mentality results in people hiding anything that can displease the upper management.
    Unprofessional, disrespectful, and caustic people are put in project leadership roles. Verbal abuse and insults even in public are a norm.
    Outdated, underequipped facilities.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Worst place to work on Earth"

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

    I have been working at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay when you join, and good benefits.

    Cons

    There is a Culture of Pointing Finger & dividing while pretending they was to unify is simply insulting. People are "empowered" to take action, what they don't say is, that you are empowered to do, exactly what you are told, or else you will get in trouble somehow if you push back and think. Also most of the Upper management have no idea what it takes to get things done and make commitments on a fly and make unachievable requests, bit tittles, zero understanding, they push their work on their teams, provide no additional resources, and treat us like they do us a favor by employing us. This causes people to quit all the time, go on stress leaves, start experiencing visible stress in all its forms, or simply hate each day when going to work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend you care about the employees with picnics, changing pictures weekly and events that just waste money, instead train your managers to be nurturing, motivating, supporting, constructive, and provide increases in salary that are at least the equal to the yearly inflation. So long as you don't show sincere appreciation, instead of just a show, you will continue to lose good people.


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