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FormFactor Reviews

Updated February 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 (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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. "Trends and Location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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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  5. "Great place for self motivated candidates"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It was a good run"

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    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.


  7. "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!


  8. "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.


  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. "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


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