FormFactor Reviews

Updated Mar 6, 2020

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FormFactor President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Slessor  (no image)
Mike Slessor
16 Ratings
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  • "Poor management - they do not value long term employees and the skills they bring(in 4 reviews)

  • "Upper management has shown tendencies to favor/protect tenured employees(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Intern in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, fun people, interesting problem solving, good opportunities given.

    Cons

    No cons come to mind

    FormFactor2019-03-26
  2. "Great office environment, poor management"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good peer-to-peer interaction. - Open to improvement of business processes. - Flexible local management that encourages positive cooperation.

    Cons

    - Very, very poor communication of changes across the company, which stems from upper/executive management. Changes often made without consultation of all affected parties. - Easy to find companies that pay better for similar work. - Poor management decisions have caused increasingly lowered morale, leading to increased employee turnover.

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    FormFactor2020-03-06
  3. "Great Colleagues, Horrible Management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, and a lot of cross coordination among actual worker.

    Cons

    Horrible management, who can only rely on cross coordination among actual worker.

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    FormFactor2020-03-05
  4. Helpful (1)

    "STAY AWAY FROM NPI TEAM (Livermore)"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some good people to work with Opportunity to work with big IC companies Able to learn a lot under a fast-paced environment

    Cons

    Unfair bonus and incentive program Incompetent management with poor decision making

    FormFactor2020-01-16
  5. "No age discrimination, but 'pigeon-holing'"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    My review applies to the Beaverton site only (I have less visibility of the other sites), and it applies to engineering only: Formfactor is the only high tech company (mid or large size only) that I aware that doesn't age-discriminate. I have seen may work places, which includes many places in the CA bay area. I know, all companies claim they don't age-discriminate since it's the law. But of course the truth is different. You may not care much about this if you are reading this review after graduation looking for a job, but you will learn to appreciate it when you are in your late 30s/early 40s or older. Formfactor is one of very few mid+ size high tech places that even hires senior people as individual contributors. This is rare in the tech sector, but it may also be a result of the fact that probecard technology (in general) is not as 'cutting-edge' as other high tech technologies (like lithography node shrinking, artificial intelligence, etc). Therefore, skill sets don't become as 'obsolete' as in other high tech companies.

    Cons

    Management tends to 'pigeon-hole' employees, meaning that employees are sometimes signed up for responsibilities that are below their capabilities, which is detrimental for career development. Another con is management's hesitation to add headcount when the company is doing well (to avoid or reduce layoffs in downturns). While that can also be seen as a 'pro', the downside is that some interesting development projects may get cut during cycles when the company is doing well (in order to move heads to critical under-resourced areas). Cutting back on development is not something that has hurt the company (I believe) due to the long life cycle of a probecard technology (in contrast to more 'cutting edge' technologies in other industries - see above), so this strategy may work but it is your decision if it is good for your career.

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    FormFactor2019-12-27
  6. Helpful (1)

    "3/5 place to work"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good benefits. good location. good bonus.

    Cons

    too many senior managers. no clear leadership programs.

    FormFactor2019-10-21
  7. "Family Business!"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Livermore, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of great people, interesting (though aging) technology

    Cons

    Place is run like a family business. CEO came from the Microprobe acquisition back in 2012. Those divisions are still favored in every way, while the management team never seriously puts any real pressure on them because they are like the CEOs kids.....untouchable....Bonus program is completely skewed to favor the Microprobe sites, and everyone complains about it...manufacturing line level employees bonuses are so low they are like an insult.

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    FormFactor2019-10-21
  8. "Up and coming company"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people with a lot of know how

    Cons

    To many managers and not enough workers

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    FormFactor2019-10-14
  9. "Just an okay place to work"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, salary, paid time off, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, poor decision making, lack of process documentation, understaffing.

    FormFactor2019-07-18
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Age discrimination"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    In the resent past there didn't seem to be a problem. But recently there seems to be a big push to promote and champion younger employees without regards of long term employees.

    Cons

    The younger employees seem to stand on the shoulders and take credit for their predecessors work.

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    FormFactor2019-04-07
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