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FormFactor Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Company is just floating along burning cash (in 2 reviews)

  • Company has not been profitable for several years and it is an impact on company morale (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "About drinking from the firehose and firefighting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Livermore, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is very good and unique, work in general is interesting and dynamic, very talented and capable technical people. Although work load may not allow it at present, management is supportive of work-life balance as a principal. Fundamentally in a good niche market with high long term potential

    Cons

    Scrambling to regain market share, many parallel technical efforts being pushed without adequate staffing and resources - too hectic and dynamic. Attrition is getting to be high,
    and in a place where systems are not in place, that is a significant loss of know-how, making it difficult for the persons remaining to carry on. Company grew too fast for its own good.
    Company prefers to getting outsiders (from more established companies) for key leadership positions rather than growing employees from within.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more customer friendly,
    Develop and promote from within,
    Invest in systems to reduce inefficiencies and costly errors.
    Develop competency in other areas in addition to spring technology.


  2. "A missed opportunity!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting technology and smart coworkers.

    Cons

    Not much strategic direction fromsenior management. It does not seem that the management cares much about the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus the company on product excellence during this downturn. Drve product development thorugh a realstic development process.

  3. "Not the right place for everyone"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technically challenging if working on the right projects, smart colleagues, informal atmosphere

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Better organization and clearer communication on details (not just high level)


  4. "Management needs to get it together"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Peer to peer relationship. Some excited young guys work here.

    Cons

    Management doesn't really know where the company is heading

    Advice to Management

    Budget smartly, keep the current people happy and continuously challenged.


  5. "FormFactor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation was average to above average and benefits were average to above average. Relatively laid back working environment. Very structured and efficient production environment.

    Cons

    Not the highest level of technical ability, there were some very good people and some very poor people technically. If you are competent you can advance. style valued over substance by management.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on accomplishments and not activity or presentations. Value people of value, not people who sound like they have value. Eliminating dead weight will help with cost savings and efficiency.


  6. "There's potential.. senior management is too busy to invest in their employees.."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    people are generally nice and helpful.. the lab is very well prepared.. the cafeteria and the gym are very cool..

    Cons

    senior management is too busy to invest in their employees.. and the company has no direction.. it's very reactive to the competition..

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to your employees.. invest in their learning.. share your vision with the engineering teams.. a little less politics would be nice..


  7. "Too many VPs for a small company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products, ok culture, benefits & compensation

    Cons

    It's who you know and not what you know; Some PhD are useless, lack of industry experience and know how

    Advice to Management

    Need to implement employee survey; don't operate the company as if it's a large company

  8. "Vice President Engineering"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hi Technology Company. A lot of hard working people, and in general do have a good team spirit

    Cons

    The company has been losing money for almost 5 years.
    There has been many layoffs, and the morale is low

    Advice to Management

    Need to fing a way to improve the morale, otherwise the non voluntary attrition will hurt really soon.


  9. "Good people, poor leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Generally good people, good location. A lot of talented employees who have gone on to better places and more career growth

    Cons

    Management over the years did not adjust to changes in market. Company is just floating along burning cash. Needs to be both the market leader AND make a profit.

    Advice to Management

    Make the hard changes and thin out sr. management


  10. "Employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People and some managers are good

    Cons

    Too many lay offs. No security

    Advice to Management

    Thin upper management


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