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FormFactor Reviews

Updated January 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Competitive Salaries and excellent work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • I got to do a lot of different things (in 2 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. 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. "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. "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.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. "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.


  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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


  11. "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.


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