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Kulicke and Soffa Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Above average work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Laid back environment with great people, coworkers & managers alike (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow development cycle, competitors has developed better and cheaper bonders while K&S is standing still (in 4 reviews)

  • Financial cycle causes retrenchment for contractors (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kulicke and Soffa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice and smart people to work with

    Cons

    Felt left out and barely any work to do as an intern
    Work environment wasn't great


  2. Helpful (1)

    "20 years behind the times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kulicke and Soffa full-time

    Pros

    You can be bad at your job and not get fired. Solid quarterly bonuses

    Cons

    You will never be on even near the latest tech

    Advice to Management

    Stop and invest in researching and developing products using the latest and greatest tech. The software this company uses for its machines is over 20 years old and the look and feel is that of Windows 3.1. If you are looking to advance your career as a Windows based software developer, this is not the place for you. If you have only experience in MFC, maybe this will be a good fit.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Current state of affairs"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Department Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Field Service Department Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As Orthodyne Electronics (until 2008) this was a great company to work for. With a great sales and service team and reliable product we then owned 70% of the world market. Voted "10 Best of Semiconductor companies" for many years. However, the then owners decided to "cash out" and sold the company to Kulicke and Soffa.

    Cons

    Under Kulicke and Soffa, Manufacturing moved from Irvine to Singapore and the Sales force got dispersed. 2/3 of the workforce in Irvine, lost their livelihood. Top management now resides in Singapore and they don't know how to run the Irvine facility properly. They are losing focus on Irvine.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bleeding at the Orthodyne division and demand more autonomy from K&S.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Big brother is watching!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Washington, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Washington, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and bonuses paid to salaried employees.

    Cons

    Upper management and headquarters is located in Singapore.
    Brutal management. Has been this way for the history of the company.
    They run acquired companies into the ground and then close them.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the needs of middle management.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "K&S"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At K&S, there is an entrepreneurial spirit which allows for creative solutions that ultimately give the customer a faster response.

    Cons

    At K&S there is a punitive environment that flows directly from the CEO. The CEO has poor management and people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CEO who actually wants to perform the the job, who is interested in nurturing what is good at K&S.


  6. "Associate Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kulicke and Soffa as a contractor

    Pros

    When production is high, there is free flow overtime to do.

    Cons

    When production is low, be prepared to get retrenched.

    Advice to Management

    -


  7. "Just so so"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not very busy, ease life

    Cons

    cannot learn so much, leader not very good

  8. Helpful (1)

    "KNS or KaNaSai"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Test Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Test Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and has government backing.

    Cons

    Bullying culture, tons of FTs forming clans against locals, international politics, high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    prepare to be tekan by US side.


  9. "Conducive, friendly collegues"

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    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Make alot of frens, relax environment

    Cons

    yearly retrenchment , only perm staff are safe from retrenchment

    Advice to Management

    more training


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Kulicke & Soffa in Hokkien means Kanasai"

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    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Serangoon (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Serangoon (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kulicke and Soffa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A relaxing environment with a few company benefits such as success sharing.

    Cons

    Supervisor is a racism and very political person.

    Advice to Management

    Please review on any news policy before you dissemble to your people.


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