Cree - Good place to gain some initial experience, but not as good for longer-term career opportunities. | Glassdoor
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"Good place to gain some initial experience, but not as good for longer-term career opportunities."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Very exciting technology in a fast growing markets with many interesting end applications to service.

Cons

Generally lower base pay then industry counter-parts, which is no longer off-set by pay in stock options.

Advice to Management

Even in the current economic climate offering competitive compensation is the best way to retain talent. Look at ways to offer higher pay that is more directly linked to individual performance, not just company wide targets.

Other Employee Reviews for Cree

  1. Helpful (12)

    "Not the place for work/life balance..."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a free gym, casual dress code, engineering work is not at all intellectually difficult, and good health insurance is offered.

    Cons

    Cree can be summed up by one of its core values: do whatever it takes to get the job done, whether it takes your life, marriage, etc. Cree seems to have all of the responsibility of a startup, and all of the perks of a large company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop measuring exempt employee performance by the number of hours worked (over 40/week). Let engineers have the freedom to implement measures that would help the company.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Think carefully."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offers a job in an emerging technology though times are tough right now for any high tech company. Living in the triangle is a great benefit because the cost of living is low. Casual dress code and easy commute from most areas of the triangle. Stock options but don't expect to move up in salary.

    Cons

    Expects 12+ hour days or you are perceived as uncommitted. Not innovative or encouraging when you want to "take a rick" and try something new. If it doesn't work you will be sorry so employees keep their heads down. Employee advancement/development is discouraged because you must be inside the building at all times working hard. Management does not feel like employees are part of the same team. The culture is more like an old time factory than a high tech operation. There is a lot of potential but the vibe is always negative and the corporate culture is that you are easily replaced. Even writing this review makes me nervous about retaliation.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are not treated respectfully. Mid level managment is not empowered in any way to truly manage their areas.

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