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"Good satisfying job"

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Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Tampa, FL
Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Tampa, FL
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Pros

Nice team. Good florida weather. Nice technology. Market leader in lasers.

Cons

Salary not that high. Lots of Latoffs recently.

Advice to Management

Get back and make it American owned.

Other Employee Reviews for Plasma-Therm

  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plasma-Therm full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, helpful colleagues, overall a decent place to work

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than average and not too much excitement going on a daily basis

    Advice to Management

    Very traditional and not modern enough in approach, would be nice to have more flexibility


  2. "Avoid any Controls/SW Role at this company"

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

    I worked at Plasma-Therm full-time

    Pros

    They have a newly paved parking lot. Outside of the Controls team (and with the exception of one exemplary engineer), there are many bright, passionate employees

    Cons

    You will be interfacing with none of them.
    The controls team, itself, is a banana republic, where a former employee took a code base from C++ and ported it to SmallTalk. That right there is a red flag.

    It wasn't a well thought out decision twenty years ago because they took an industry wide language (C++ is still heavily used today), with a variety of solid and readily available IDEs, vast robust libraries (both open source and COTS), and instead put everything on Smalltalk. As of 12/10/2017, Indeed.com has 35k+ C++ jobs available. Smalltalk...28.

    The Controls team realized the talent pool of Smalltalk engineers is not deep (more on that later), so they moonlit and ported the same Smalltalk code base they were *paid* to work on during the day, and ported it to C#, which they then sold *back* to Plasma-Therm. That is red flag number two. Not only was it a conflict of interest, but in many professional circles it's considered theft.

    Now that they have a C# framework, they have broadened their talent pool, and the reason I am writing this review to try to avert others from falling into the toxicity of the group.

    The Control group is made up of "tenured" employees that have been with Plasma-Therm for over twenty years. Most of the employees at this company have been there for a while. They will expect you to embrace this company as your own while you are working there, until their mismanagement from above fails to make enough profit to reasonably share...with the same long-time work force. That means if they do not make enough money to dole out as bonuses, there is a lot of grumbling from the senior-knowledge base of quitting, and the pecking order dictates to get rid of the latest hired. This is a company that doesn't do business with people who know what they're doing, but instead with people that they know. Period.

    As this pertains to the Controls team, I saw firsthand how the introduction of new tech is blown off as useless. Unless it comes from the old-boys network, it's nonsensical voodoo, and dismissed. They think everything new will lead them down the dead-end path of SmallTalk. They use SVN as their repo, and Jira for their repro. You're expected to do both project management as well as code, but you will be hamstrung if you try to set your own priorities. SCRUM is a morning standup where personal matters are discussed. The knowledge base is tribal, and they do not share.

    The position they are looking to fill should be contract based, but they are too cheap to pay consultant prices. As per the history of the Controls team, they have instead installed a revolving door of twenty plus years of new hires, that they purposely wash out after a project is completed. I know this because the Controls Team leads kept a cigar box filled with former employee's badges and nametags...a trophy system I'm only familiar with from watching serial killers on CSI.

    They have created an environment where technical discussions are met with "That sounds like it's above my pay grade" to semi-conductor Plasma-Therm entrenched acronym jargon they expect you to be well versed in. They offer you the Kool-Aide, but once you show you're willing to drink it, they go into "New Blood is Showing We are not as indispensable as the rest of the company thinks we are" mode, and will begin CTA to protect their long standing jobs, and make you the scapegoat. That cigar-box filled with old name tags proves this. It's not people "washing out" because they don't know what they're doing...it's like this: If their new C# code is so elegantly written, uncomplicated, and easy to use...why pay them exorbitant licensing fees? (BTW, the C# code belongs to Plasma-Therm, but is such a well guarded framework they will not allow new devs to work in it. Why? It's not properly architected and fickle.

    Avoid working there unless you are being interviewed by HR because they have gutted the team currently in place (with the exception of one exemplary engineer).

    Advice to Management

    The Controls team is either writing software that is easily picked up, or it isn't. You're willing to keep this machine rolling for as long as you have, so you're not going to change your ways. Instead, enjoy this review and the arrogance you have to put up with from your current lackeys.

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