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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. "Politically Charged Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    Cool technology. Good equipment and process capabilities.

    Cons

    Products are out of step with market needs. Lots of silos that don't work together.


  2. "Limited opportunity at FormFactor"

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    Former Employee - Director in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented, intelligent employees who have an established track record of success

    Cons

    Although a quality product and talented leadership , the growth of the company has been limited due to underlying costs of operations.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce cost of operations.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Overall ok, need better strategic direction from management to direct the hardwork to meaningful results"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independence and flexibility to work, opportunity to be involved in multiple areas, lot on learning in a quick time and more challenges

    Cons

    Good work not always gets credit, politics and finger pointing increased over years, used to have many good people, but mostly have left, talking skills dominate over actual output in career growth. Too many layoffs and company not making profit for last 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Need better focus of goals from management and better channeling of efforts and appreciate good work on merit basis. The bureaucracy needs to be reduced. Business model needs to be reassessed.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Business is dying a slow death. Just burning cash."

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    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

    Great location for those living out in East Bay/Tri-Valley, nice area. Lots of good people but most have already left.

    Cons

    The company is permanently in downsizing mode. Management needs to realize they can't create demand for something that the industry doesn't need. It had a great run but needs to re-size the business, change strategy, go private. The recession really killed this place. Doing more with less. Everyone wears many hats

    Advice to Management

    Take the company private.


  5. 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...


  6. "Company may not be in business much longer. Just OK."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    One of the few high tech companies in the East Bay. Decent pay and benefits, however these are slowly being taken away due to the company not being profitable. Still some very good folks working there.

    Cons

    Poor management - they do not value long term employees and the skills they bring. Company has not been profitable for several years and it is an impact on company morale. There have been about 7 or 8 layoff's in the past 5 years. Jobs are not very secure as the company is always restructuring. Overtime is only paid after 10 hours for manufacturing personnel. Very poor engineering support of the manufacturing line.

    Advice to Management

    Too many senior level managers. Layoff's always affect manufacturing and engineering. It would be better to keep the more senior manufacturing people than to bring in new folks and layoff the ones who have helped to build the company.


  7. "Company is not making profit"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers are good, busy most of the time

    Cons

    Company does not know how to make profit, low salary for post 2009 hires, <5K bonus even on offer letter they say 17%, no RSU, stocks are stagnant in past 2 years

    Advice to Management

    know how to make profit and how to treat the cream engineers in the company

  8. "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


  9. "what is going on?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a decent company

    Cons

    this company is slowing down


  10. "good technology company"

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

    Pros

    coworkers are very knowledgeable as they are mainly from big companies such as IBM, WD, Applied materials.

    Cons

    have been losing money and the morale is low

    Advice to Management

    explore new business to stay profitability


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