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"Patience is a virtue"

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Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff
Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff
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Pros

TEL has a lot of great people working in the US, both expats and US citizens. TEL pays bonuses twice a year, and the target is at least 20% total for the year (10% of your salary every six months). In a good year that's a great thing, in a great year they go higher. and in a nasty downturn they can disappear altogether. If you're a lucky and resourceful, you can do some meaningful research, publish, work with academic groups, etc. and earn a good salary working for TEL. Also, unlike US semiconductor companies, TEL very rarely lays off employees- that's a true Japanese cultural difference- they don't hire quickly in upturns and they rarely lay people off- though they do bring in temporary/contract workers that they can let go in a downturn without laying off an employee.

Cons

You are a gaijin working for a Japanese Company. If you want to be CEO one day, then better look elsewhwere, nobody on the board is non-Japanese. Senior US management is generally hired from outside, not within, TEL America, so there is very little upward mobility. And most of the US workforce is field service- so if you are in R&D and want to go into management, you might need to become a field service manager to do it. Middle management is entrenched, earning good salaries, and they've generally resigned themselves to the fact that they won't ever rise beyond Director level (with maybe 1 or 2 exceptions). There is a technical ladder- but for the past couple years it hasn't really functioned. So, eventually the glass ceiling will loom. It's up to you what direction you want to take.

Advice to Management

If it were demonstably possible to become the head of a US business from within TEL, it would be easier to argue that people should be patient and stay the course. But I imagine that TEL US management has very little to say about it when the Japanese management wants to hire former customers to run the business (note: the reason they are former customers is because they somehow failed)

Other Employee Reviews for Tokyo Electron

  1. "#TokyoElectron"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, culture, culture. True commitment to customer to create relationships that lead to success for both parties - TEL and the customer!

    Cons

    Allow those implementing systems that have the deepest knowledge to be heard - even if they are not Employees at the Corporate headquarters.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, listen, look to those experienced and knowledgeable employees globally and allow them opportunities to lead. Empower people to make a decision. We discuss the same thing over and over and over without a clear decision or direction.


  2. "Business Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits at this company are on par with the best companies. Held regular internal employee meetings to review company status. Bonus program paid out regularly.

    Cons

    Company tends to focus on the very top echelon companies. Sales staff focused on promoting and selling only the Japan manufactured products resulting in poorly promoted US products.

    Advice to Management

    Japan management should stand behind commitments made during company acquisitions. Meaning if you acquire a company, plan to support it both from a staff and financial perspective.

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