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FormFactor Reviews

Updated October 22, 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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  4. "Incoming Quality Assurance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Designing new technologies and being creative when necessary

    Cons

    My schedule to work is from 10:00pm to 6:30am

    Advice to Management

    I love to advance to management.


  5. "Supervisor"

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

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work hours, work environment, leadership

    Cons

    getting resources, constant changes, lots of pressure with few people


  6. "Manager"

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity working with a talented team. Fairly autonomous with what you can do so long as organization objectives are achieved. Good staff cafeteria.

    Cons

    Better communications with remote teams will definitely enhance the overall experience.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  9. "Interesting and unique sector with lots of things to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    Custom design for each product makes it interesting that things keep on evolving.
    Opportunity to work abroad in the international offices around the world.

    Cons

    Long working hours. Pressure to perform perfectly with zero room for errors. Focus only on the delivered result, no appreciation on the process.

    Advice to Management

    Would be good if the working hour is managed more properly to avoid the need for employee to stay overtime to catch up with deadlines or targets.


  10. "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.


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