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Updated August 10, 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)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Cymer Supply Organization"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Professional in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Professional in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Innovative technology, Creative People, Product with High Margins. Fast pace environment tailored to the Engineering and development community. Lots of opportunities until they move the facility everyone's roles to the Netherlands.

    Cons

    Supply Organization and Leadership disorganized. People are promoted because they have been there not because they are qualified. Middle Management does not have a clue what it takes to do the job. Jobs are moving to the Netherlands because that is where ASML is.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with people about your intent to move. Let them know that their career their will be a great learning experienced even if it is short lived.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Senior executive"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and work location. Smart people willing to share knowledge. Great intern program. Good community participation and support for local events.

    Cons

    Executive management is rigid and disrespectful of others leading to an environment of mistrust. Company is too lean to support current workload resulting in long work hours for all.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more- tell less


  4. "marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cymer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can balance between work and family. Some managers allow flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Promotion is not so much merit based. Some managers have favorites.


  5. "good place to work but not appreciative enough"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good team, talented people, some level of flexibility

    Cons

    political environment, not very appreciative


  6. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cymer as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Niche Technology, Leaders in Market,Cutting Edge Technology

    Cons

    Work becomes monotonous after some time


  7. "Sr Electrical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cymer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work. You get to work on a diverse set of projects

    Cons

    The multiple levels of management is overwhelming and their doc control system is extremely bloated. They are quick to lay people off.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your engineers a little better and don't out source as much

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not too bad but .."

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    Former Contractor - Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cymer as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top notch technology, cutting edge.

    Cons

    They are big on using contractors and keeping them that way. Worked there 1-1/2 as one. Only when I put in two weeks notice did they make an offer, but then, too late. Some managers did not want to be managers and made that clear.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on the contractors and how long they've been there. Take care of them too.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Cymer"

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    Former Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cymer (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting and dynamic company to work for

    Cons

    Has changed since bought out by a dutch company


  10. "Getting Better!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, vacation time. First-line manager is quite flexible and will work with me on work-life balance issues. Co-workers are first-rate!

    Cons

    A medium-sized company with what seems to be a somewhat antiquated small-company organizational systems. Has been improving much in the last few years, but can still cause extra frustration and stress at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work streamlining business systems and processes! Please remember that developing a solution for a problem is only successful if a process is put in place to sustain the solution.


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