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FormFactor Reviews

Updated June 16, 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. "Good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Free fruit twice a week and snacks at employee meetings in good times. Middle management is good, allows employees lot of latitude without micro management.

    Cons

    Upper management is bloated. Too many VPs trying to run day to day operations instead of figuring out long term strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat in upper management for lean times. Lose non performing and revenue dissipating groups without playing favorites. Resist old boys club type think.


  2. "Great place to work if you don't want to commute to SF or SJ."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salaries and excellent work environment

    Cons

    Not a place for people who don't take much initiative in their work.

  3. "learning a new trade"

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    Former Employee - Test in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Test in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good conditions,matching 401k and cafeteria

    Cons

    long hours, need to change to 3 shift(24/7 production)

    Advice to Management

    hire more skilled people with technical bcakrounds


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Niche market for Probe card technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Continuous learning from different process is limitless! Challenging! Nice gym!

    Cons

    Not profitable 3 years in a row, continue to downsize and cost reduction. Uncertain. Support 24/7 and weekends. Stress level is high.Politicking is huge.Good working employees have been laid off or resign. No loyalty and does not protect good employees. If your good in 'talking' and presenting and NOT working it's a good place to be, just need to jump in on every email thread and talk the talk but not walk the walk this is a good place to be...

    Advice to Management

    A lot of floating Directors, Staff Engineers and Senior Principals that need to streamlines and who really does NOT go in the line or inside Fab. Not deserving of the salaries in regards with their outputs.Need to flash out the employees that every time in the PC and nothing to give to the company...


  5. "Satisfied"

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    Former Employee - CAD Software Development Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - CAD Software Development Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independent
    New Projects are easy to start without much management hassle

    Cons

    Slow Culture
    No Checks on Work done


  6. "Fast paced environment: play politics well or have very high competency. Silicon Valley norm."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible systems within manufacturing, transparency to learn from very talented individuals, collaborative environment, work-life balance is great compared to global companies, and compensation is reflective of your ability to negotiate.

    Cons

    Find your HS clique. Overtime may be tough for production individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Tactical individuals may understand needs better than strategic individuals, as is the corporate norm.


  7. "Good working environment, co-workers are very friendly, and everybody worked very hard for the project"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    a very good work-life balance, however, when the perks comes, I worked till 11pm in order to catch the deadline. Overall good working environment. Good leadership from the above.

    Cons

    benefits are kinda average. office culture is ok, from my experience, no much office politics, and everyone just trying to make the project work and make profit.

    Advice to Management

    More attention in details

  8. "tight lead time and work hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You can have many chances to meet many good people internationally

    Cons

    benefits are kinda average,it is not easy to make a balance between work and life


  9. "Great Management Team = Greg Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    - Brilliant leadership who know their business and manage it well
    - High level of transparency between management and staff
    - Fair and honest workplace with very little politics
    - Continuous R&D means continuous learning and growth opportunities

    Cons

    - Very competitive business
    - Moderate growth rate overall

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It was a good run"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I got to do a lot of different things. Formfactor supports mobility within the company. I got to work with a lot of very talented people. Livermore is a reverse commute for most people. Formfactor has a nice facility. Probecard design is challenging so it stays interesting.

    Cons

    Formfactor fell into a mode of blame and mismanagement, but that era is behind them. Word on the street is the work environment has improved drastically.

    Advice to Management

    Keep paying attention to the folks getting the work done and not just the filtered info passed up the ranks. Encourage cooperation between different groups.


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