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Mattson Technology Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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Mattson Technology CEO and Director David L. Dutton
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  1. "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership team is professional, talented, and teamwork oriented.

    Cons

    Small player in the industry. Little control over industry demands, revenue control.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden customer base, challenge market share on price point and technology.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people to work with, but company is struggling."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Laid back culture with lots of time off. Opportunity to learn many aspects of the industry and company.

    Cons

    Company struggles with prioritization and transparency. The size of the company limits cutting edge R&D. Salary below industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employees. Human capital is your most important asset.

  3. "Field Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Companies focus is generating revenue. Mattson is doing what it takes to stay in the black. Share holder's should be proud.

    Cons

    Unable to stay in their financial lane. Channels between management and employee are not clear. Not keeping resources local.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be customer focused. Provide solutions that the customer needs. Create Technology that can be marketed and sold.


  4. "Production Planner"

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    Current Employee - Production Planner in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattson Technology (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, hours not tracked

    Cons

    The company is run like a mom and pop shop, that is changing.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries


  5. "Sr. mechanical engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mattson Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    interesting technology and people, some professional and disciplined

    Cons

    "management" by piracy and predation

    Advice to Management

    assign projects and manage


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Pays well, squeezed in a tough market"

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mattson Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed management culture. Small company, so the CEO knows you by name. Good opportunities to advance because of the churn and the layoffs during downturns.

    Cons

    Losing its market share to Asian vendors, having a hard time breaking into new markets. Massive layoffs when the downturn comes, and it comes as sure as the sun rises.

    Advice to Management

    Identify strong performers, weed out the deadwood before a layoff forces you to do so.


  7. "In general, It's good. Nothing special."

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    Former Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattson Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everything goes smoothly. Not very busy.

    Cons

    Relatively it's less outreach opportunities in my professional.

    Advice to Management

    Should trust and respect engineers' professional.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mattson Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not Many. A paycheck for awhile, but probably not for long.

    Cons

    Company is in a slow death spiral. Company spent to much of their resources attempting to penetrate into etch market. Unfortunely, the 1st, 2nd & 3rd tier managers had no unified plan as to what part of the etch market they were attempting to penetrate and burned through the companies assets.

        The input from key people on technical side largely ignored by management and so an etch product has been developed that is not selling.

    Key technical folks have left the company in the last 2 years, not waiting around to be laid off.

    Advice to Management

    The company has a team of executive managers, that it is unclear as to what their contribution to the company is.
    The attempt to penetrate the FEOL etches has failed, quit sinking money into a bad investment. Go back to being a strip company, you are what you are.


  9. "Good working environment"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers. If you worked more than 5 years you will have 4 weeks off (PTO) plus 5 weeks sabbatical time and 2 week's extra pay for every 5 years. Good travel compensation (e.g., $59 per-diem for Japan and Korea in 2011). Communication between top and bottom is OK.

    Cons

    Due to its small size lately Mattson had hard time to keep dry strip market share and even harder to penetrate its new segment to etch market. No extra money to put into R&D to keep competitive. Can not attract and keep top talents.

    Advice to Management

    Top management should spend less time on traveling to the customer sites but focus on how to develop competitive products. For good quarters bonus should be given back to hard-working employees.


  10. "Not a good place to wrk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good paid time off for long time employee

    Cons

    Layoffs are their all the time. loss making company with no hope to become profitable in forseeable future!

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and save some good employee


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