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FormFactor Reviews

Updated January 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Manageable work pressure and better work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Competitive Salaries and excellent work environment (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Company is just floating along burning cash (in 2 reviews)

  • Grew big and successful too fast, Lack of systems and organization, frenzy of fast-paced development work instead of doing it right the first time (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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  5. "Great place for self motivated candidates"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    Works with next generation technology
    Manageable work pressure and better work/life balance
    Takes initiative in custom technologies

    Cons

    Projects don't come to you
    Lot of dependency on individual skills


  6. "engineering path"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    smart and hardworking people. Pretty laid back culture.

    Cons

    nothing i can think about. Maybe RSU's to entry level candidates


  7. "Great environment for an entry level mechanical engineer. Need management shake-up or tear-down."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great environment for an entry level mechanical engineer or ME with 3-5 years of experience in the electronics industry. Mechanical designs are done in-house and production is on site. It's great to see one of my designs go from CAD drawings and solid models to finished products within a few days to weeks. The complexity of the probe card industry has increased over the last ten years that I worked at FF. This bodes well since FF is at the leading edge of the probe card technology.

    Cons

    The pay is below average for the probe card manufacturer even though the company is within the top ten in the industry. Management ranges from "great-to-work-with" to "stay-the-heck-away-from" to "can't-do-my-job-unless-I-play-by-their-rules." Vacation and sick is satisfactory ever since paid-time-off became the norm. The recent merger with MicroProbe (in Carlsbad) introduced longer working hours (which is bad for those who are salaried). Bonus pay has been lousy for the lower level employees, but great for managers and higher-ups (which has caused much consternation among the proles). Not much room to move up (promotions are nearly non-existent). Pay raises are low.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers need serious training on how to deal with their subordinate employees in a respectful and diplomatic manner.


  8. "Good people there!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Love the reverse commute from Fremont!

    Cons

    Company not doing very well, tough business.


  9. "Company is not making profit"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers are good, busy most of the time

    Cons

    Company does not know how to make profit, low salary for post 2009 hires, <5K bonus even on offer letter they say 17%, no RSU, stocks are stagnant in past 2 years

    Advice to Management

    know how to make profit and how to treat the cream engineers in the company


  10. "what is going on?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a decent company

    Cons

    this company is slowing down


  11. "Productive, lot of responsibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good manager at FFI. among other thigns

    Cons

    difficult team, among other things



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