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Cymer Reviews

Updated December 24, 2017
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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 (4)

    "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.


  2. "Great job, allot of upside"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "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


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New cafeteria, nice campus and plenty of parking.
    Benefits are above average and pay is fair. Coworkers are generally very friendly and helpful, and technology is top notch.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment with horrible management top to bottom - parent company needs to step in and clean house. Too many levels of management and too many bad managers. Bullying and cronyism persist throughout. Lots of red tape and many approval levels to get anything done, in spite of current 'empowerment' mantra. Feel good, innovative Cymer days are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce levels of management - do you really need Sr VP, VP, Sr Director, Director, Senior Manager, Manager structure?


  6. "Great Technology"

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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

    You get to work on cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Top management is not the best


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Zombie Company"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good work environment. The parent company has a great future.

    Cons

    This location is slowly becoming a zombie company. From a vibrant and independent company, Cymer/ASML is becoming nothing more than a second thought division with limited growth for business and promotion. This is a good place for entry level positions to a manager level position, but the opportunity is extremely limited after that and you will need to leave this company for further career growth and personal development. There is little business autonomy and all decisions are made by the parent company. There is a huge culture difference between the dutch parent company and the US company, and this difference outweighs new bathrooms, color schemes and pay reductions. People here are disheartened and go through the motions - zombie like.

    Advice to Management

    San Diego has a limited future and statements otherwise are known to be false. Prepare for zombie results and zombie employees based on the reality.

  8. "Making history"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, amazing technology, lots of opportunity, good compensation

    Cons

    Face paced and intense (if you are not wired for that)

    Advice to Management

    Keep going as is, share price speaks for itself


  9. "Be careful of burnout"

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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

    Business environment
    Internal Career Opportunities

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance
    Danger to burning out due to increasing demand and slower growth of wages, hiring plans

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about financial decisions within payroll and in growth strategy


  10. "Thriving Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I interact with on a consistent basis all come from various background, and it's an amazing opportunity to be a part of something bigger while working with these people.
    As long as you have the right attitude, a desire to learn, and a genuine interest for technology, this company will help you achieve your career goals.

    Cons

    No Cons. There will always be a few bad apples at every company. There really is no point in wasting time and energy with them.

    Advice to Management

    Think big picture and long-term. The people are what makes this company so unique!


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