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FormFactor Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Company is just floating along burning cash (in 2 reviews)

  • Company has not been profitable for several years and it is an impact on company morale (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, interesting and unique work

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Most transparent company I have come across"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director, Product Management in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Product Management in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent amount of communications and transparency of work from CEO on down. Never seen so much of data shared with employees.
    - Huge amount of competency CEO on down. No their stuff inside out.
    - Superb work environment. Totally collaborative.
    - Very data driven. Obsessively so. If you are engineer , you will love it.
    - Even when topic matter is tough, Management talks like adults. No temper tantrums.

    Cons

    - None really. I mean it.

  3. "One year employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Test & Measure industry leader (mkt share, technology), solid leadership team, strong new culture -- inclusive, high expectation, principled. No politics.

    Cons

    No cons, just challenges and opportunities. If you have the right DNA, you will grow and thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course.


  4. "Pros and cons of Formfactor"

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    Current Employee - Membrane Circuit Designer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Membrane Circuit Designer in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My work schedule is very flexible with the ability to work from home. Of course, not everyone is able to do that, but my job as a CAD designer is great...I don't have to drive 40 miles every day into the office.

    Cons

    I really cannot think of any downsides.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any. I am very pleased with my immediate and upper management.


  5. "Former employee"

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

    I worked at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    Great location to work at and it is why I stayed there for seven years

    Cons

    Could not figure out a way to get profitable when competition caught up
    Leadership was lacking

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to always build a Ferrari and build some Toyotas


  6. Helpful (2)

    "OK company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and nice people. Profitable now and paying bonuses.

    Cons

    Some bad hiring decisions take a long time to be corrected. Too much "us" "them" mentality between Cascade Microtech in Beaverton versus FormFactor in Livermore and nothing being done at management level (especially Finance or HR) to build a "team" between the two. Why? Lack of HR leadership at top. Lack of awareness of what's happening in Finance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. They know what needs to change or be done differently but nobody is asking for their input.


  7. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    so far so good. The product is competitive on the market.

    Cons

    The salary is relatively low.

  8. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    The work at the company is very interesting and the pay is very competitive for an internship. Interns were not allowed to negotiate their pay but it was far above what I was expecting.

    Cons

    Company morale is very low and it sometimes feels like the company is just treading water. Very few of the interns got full time job placement.

    Advice to Management

    The intern program should engage the students more in areas outside of what they were working in. Interns only got to focus on their individual task.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Micro-Management and Blame"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great technical challenges and great colleagues

    Cons

    A flat and confusing organizational structure where senior management team micro-manages to the point where middle managers become reluctant to make any decisions and become de-motivated.

    many insulated pockets of people that are "connected" and held to different expectations

    Senior management team does not want to hear ANY constructive criticism. Products are very low in production numbers and are very very high in complexity. When something goes wrong, which could usually not possibly ever be predicted, Senior management criticism is often swift and extreme and often becomes very personal. Lots of "Monday morning quarterbacking" (with of course, the crystal clear benefits of having hindsight)

    Advice to Management

    Move away from the micro-management style. Recognize that some projects start with an unrealistic schedule and will require a miraculous execution to pull off successfully and ease up on the personal attacks when the team falls a bit short, instead find ways to improve the process and invest in safer levels of staffing in order to have more predictable performance. Many functions are ridiculously understaffed.


  10. "Incoming Quality Assurance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Designing new technologies and being creative when necessary

    Cons

    My schedule to work is from 10:00pm to 6:30am

    Advice to Management

    I love to advance to management.


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