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FormFactor Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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  • Many in upper management clearly do not have the best interests of the company in mind (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. "Avoid FormFactor until most of the executive staff has been removed and replaced with professionals."

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    Former Employee - Program Manager, New Products in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager, New Products in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home, decent benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Many. Amateur management. Review meetings are usually spent finding a victim and publicly humiliating that individual. Promotions and advancements are based on cronie-ism.

    Advice to Management

    Promote staff based on performance, not who sucks up to whom. Also, be professional. There is NO reason the publicly dress down any staff member. There are waaaaay too many VP's for a small company. Remove at least half of them. Finally, remove Mario, Igor, Ben Eldrige, and one or two more from the payroll. They are the primary reason that FormFactor stock is in the tank.


  2. "Bad FormFactor Management overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary is competitive with the industry. Generous PTO. 10 days company holidays. Great legacy Cascade Microtech people. Flexible hours depending on which department you work in.

    Cons

    FormFactor upper management' poor decision making without the knowledge and experience. It is about 'do it now' rather then 'do it right'. Unfair employee management style.

    Advice to Management

    CEO should be aware of what is happening throughout the company rather than leaving it to a few who have no moral compass or understanding of how to manage a department.

  3. "Intern Review"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked on many projects. Being an intern kept me busy and my mentors treated me as an employee rather than an intern. And no there were no coffee or printing assignments.

    Cons

    Work was slow in the start ... you need to ask for more work

    Advice to Management

    Peace!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Overall ok, need better strategic direction from management to direct the hardwork to meaningful results"

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

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

    Pros

    Independence and flexibility to work, opportunity to be involved in multiple areas, lot on learning in a quick time and more challenges

    Cons

    Good work not always gets credit, politics and finger pointing increased over years, used to have many good people, but mostly have left, talking skills dominate over actual output in career growth. Too many layoffs and company not making profit for last 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Need better focus of goals from management and better channeling of efforts and appreciate good work on merit basis. The bureaucracy needs to be reduced. Business model needs to be reassessed.


  5. "Limited opportunity at FormFactor"

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

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented, intelligent employees who have an established track record of success

    Cons

    Although a quality product and talented leadership , the growth of the company has been limited due to underlying costs of operations.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce cost of operations.


  6. "Politically Charged Environment"

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

    I worked at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    Cool technology. Good equipment and process capabilities.

    Cons

    Products are out of step with market needs. Lots of silos that don't work together.


  7. "Land of missed opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology, talented engineering teams. The contributors on the technical side of things were overall great people, assembled by a long-gone management team.

    Cons

    Political gridlock and management ineptitude stands in the way of good technology and business decisions. HR is completely useless. Many in upper management clearly do not have the best interests of the company in mind.

  8. "Good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. A great place to learn for engineers with lot of responsibility.
    2. Good Teamwork.

    Cons

    lots of email communication than talk face to face


  9. "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


  10. "So So"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent technical staff, interesting technology

    Cons

    unrealistic top down schedules from management, top heavy organization

    Advice to Management

    Focus


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