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FormFactor Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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  • 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. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Meh."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Cutting edge technology.
    -Fast paced work environment.
    -There is an incredible group of manufacturing staff in the Carlsbad office.
    -As an engineer, you wear a lot of different hats.
    -Good place to work for new grad engineers.

    Cons

    -Crippling pressure to get things right the first time. No tolerance or understanding when mistakes are made even when they are trivial and can be resolved.
    -The work can become a little stale and monotonous.
    -VERY steep learning curve.

    Advice to Management

    Break up the engineering department in Carlsbad and hire some continuous improvement engineers.


  4. "Trends and Location"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good product. Company seems to keep up to date with what is going to happen in the semiconductor world and trend their moves accordingly.

    Cons

    A little bit away from Silicon Valley, but Livermore Downtown is a fun place to unwind after work.


  5. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers and free coffee/tea.

    Cons

    Too little staff to manage job functions and allow for a descent work-life-balance. Poor compensation and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff, beef up your compensation and include equity awards to all employees. Listen to your employees.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Business is dying a slow death. Just burning cash."

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location for those living out in East Bay/Tri-Valley, nice area. Lots of good people but most have already left.

    Cons

    The company is permanently in downsizing mode. Management needs to realize they can't create demand for something that the industry doesn't need. It had a great run but needs to re-size the business, change strategy, go private. The recession really killed this place. Doing more with less. Everyone wears many hats

    Advice to Management

    Take the company private.


  8. "Company may not be in business much longer. Just OK."

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

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    One of the few high tech companies in the East Bay. Decent pay and benefits, however these are slowly being taken away due to the company not being profitable. Still some very good folks working there.

    Cons

    Poor management - they do not value long term employees and the skills they bring. Company has not been profitable for several years and it is an impact on company morale. There have been about 7 or 8 layoff's in the past 5 years. Jobs are not very secure as the company is always restructuring. Overtime is only paid after 10 hours for manufacturing personnel. Very poor engineering support of the manufacturing line.

    Advice to Management

    Too many senior level managers. Layoff's always affect manufacturing and engineering. It would be better to keep the more senior manufacturing people than to bring in new folks and layoff the ones who have helped to build the company.


  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


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