FormFactor Employee Reviews about "work environment"
Updated Jul 5, 2021
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- "Work is great and the people I am working with are very supportive." (in 24 reviews)
- "good benefits." (in 12 reviews)
- "Hours Job Commute Unlimited OT Good Pay" (in 9 reviews)
- "You have a job and you get to meet great colleagues" (in 9 reviews)
- "good work life balance." (in 8 reviews)
- "Horrible management, who can only rely on cross coordination among actual worker." (in 11 reviews)
- "Upper management is bloated." (in 6 reviews)
- "no clear leadership programs." (in 5 reviews)
- "Long hours (12hrs)." (in 4 reviews)
- "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" (in 3 reviews)
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- Former Intern, less than 1 year★★★★★
InnovationApr 24, 2020 - Anonymous InternRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Given the opportunity to explore your ideas and an amazing work environment
It's a pretty narrow field of concentration but many other innovations are being done
- Former Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Great CompanyMay 23, 2023 - Engineer in Livermore, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Good work environment. Smart people that are easy to work with.
There were layoffs last year but it is rare. Like every 10 years.Continue reading
- Current Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
Pleasantly SurprisedJul 17, 2016 - Test Technician in Beaverton, ORRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
I joined this company very recently, so this review is from the perspective of a new employee that comes from a much larger corporation. When I joined Cascade Microtech, they had just announced they were going to be acquired by Formfactor. I was a little bit nervous about that, since I had just joined the team. My supervisor and his boss made sure that in the coming weeks they had Q/A sessions and alleviated most of the concern/anxiety the current workforce had. Coming from a much larger corporation, which housed 100k employees, I was interested to see how things were done in a much smaller company. Most of the reviews, on glassdoor or indeed, were either very good or very bad. Management and Training: I was pleasantly surprised by the transparency between the technicians and management. They acknowledged, at least to me and the other new employee on day one, that they did not have a real training program but were working on it and were going to roll it out in a few weeks. They kept to their promise and gave out detailed expectations of each job function and what would be required to attain the last level. I noticed that a lot of the more senior employees did not like this, nor some of the new policies that had been rolled out under the new management. I think that had to do with the fact most of them had not worked anyplace else. I feel that the new management, of the factories at least, are very fair and transparent and that the policies are very generous and lenient compared to most companies in the area. They delivered to me a 90 day new employee plan that had mapped out what I needed to be proficient in by the end of the time frame in order to keep my position. All of the expectations were fair. The actual training had some bumps in the road, as they were trying out a new training plan. The senior employees were responsible for the training, and executed as well as could be expected for people that had no previous training baseline or expectations. The one thing that I did feel was the trainers were holding back some of their 'tribal' knowledge/BKMs. That could have been due to the fact they are updating their work instructions and most of the processes were not written down previously. Overall, they are going in the right direction and things were good. The Supervisors and factory manager are all new and from much larger organizations. They are doing what is right to make the transition from a small company to a mid-sized corporation. They are very forthcoming about everything and take input from the employees and act on them. There are quarterly reviews with your direct manager, and weekly meetings to go over your progress. The only issues with management that I notice are between tenured employees and the new management. The employees that have been here since this was a small company are having a hard time adjusting to the changes and letting go of the 'old cascade'. They seem to be the most resistant to the changes that have been implemented. Upper Management: The team that has just left was very jovial and easy to talk to. I am not sure if the new executive team from Formfactor has a similar personality, but I hope they do. One of the nice things is that the current VP of operations will be staying and he great! He always comes down to the factory floor and has conversations with each employee and remembers everyone's name! Work and Life balance: Work is stressful. We have more and more products we have to get out of the door and it seems we always are working ridiculous amounts of overtime to complete it. While I feel the workload used to be manageable, I did not work here when it was not busy, we always have an insane amount of orders to work on. When we are not working on orders, we are working on process improvement. There is always something to do. Overall: This is a great company to join during its growth. Management is great and are doing the right things. The Training program, work instructions, and growing pains of going from a small to mid-sized company are things that are being worked on and will need to continue to improve. It is a tough work environment and they expect a lot out of their employees. The benefits are average, but hopefully with the acquisition from a CA based company will improve. If you want to join a company where you can make an immediate impact where they expect a lot out of their employees, I would recommend it. If you want to just come in and collect a pay check, it might not be a good fit.
There is a constant struggle between the "cascade of old" and the new cascade/formfactor. The employees who have worked only at this company need to understand that things can not be as they were. There is some resentment from these employees towards the new management as I stated above, but long term I do not see it being an issue. The benefits, specifically health, would be a grade C. I think they are doing the best they can, but hopefully it improves. Upper management has shown tendencies to favor/protect tenured employees.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 10 years★★★★★
It was a good runSep 14, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
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.
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.Continue reading
- Former Intern, less than 1 year★★★★★
FormFactor Internship ReviewFeb 24, 2020 - Anonymous InternRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Maintains a friendly work environment
A bit disorganized, company software is dated & difficult to set up
- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Most transparent company I have come acrossMay 25, 2017 - Senior Director, Product Management in Livermore, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
- Excellent amount of communications and transparency of work from CEO on down. Never seen so much of data shared with employees. - Huge amount of competency CEO on down. No their stuff inside out. - Superb work environment. Totally collaborative. - Very data driven. Obsessively so. If you are engineer , you will love it. - Even when topic matter is tough, Management talks like adults. No temper tantrums.
- None really. I mean it.
- Former Intern, less than 1 year★★★★★
Welcoming Place with good variety of peopleAug 1, 2019 - Engineering Intern in Beaverton, ORRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
A fantastic environment with genuinely friendly people doing good work
There is a stigma against working hard that comes from some employees and management.
- Current Employee, more than 10 years★★★★★
Good company with good visionFeb 5, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
CEO is sensible and has good vision. Good work environment and friendly coworkers.
Some decisions, changes and hiring need lot of approvals.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Meh.Feb 12, 2016 - Engineer in Carlsbad, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
-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.
-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.Continue reading
- Current Contractor, less than 1 year★★★★★
Great place to work if you don't want to commute to SF or SJ.Aug 2, 2013 - Anonymous ContractorRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Competitive Salaries and excellent work environment
Not a place for people who don't take much initiative in their work.