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Nanometrics Reviews

Updated November 8, 2018
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "wouldn't want to be anywhere else"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -great place to work.
    -working w/ amazing people.
    -company growing rapidly.
    -global headquarters.
    -clean facility
    -fitness center

    Cons

    -need new snacks and a major interior revamp.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "This is the place to be...If"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nanometrics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nanometrics is an average small company trying to find its place among the big semi-conductor players and have been very unsuccessful. As many have written, there is nothing great about this company that you would want to work here. Most of the employees (especially management) is from KLA Tencor and you can kind of understand why someone from KLA would leave and work for this small company, the average age of employees is 55+. You can show up to work every day, collect pay check and not be accountable for anything. No one gets fired because for missing deadlines. There is no work pressure, 8-5 pm job, parking lot is empty by 4.30 pm. No one calls you after work and you will not get any email after 5pm or weekends. Even the CEO has a 9-4 work schedule. The company has a hard time attracting and hiring smart employees and most job postings get only about 1 or 2 resume; so if you are called for an interview assume you have the job.

    In summary, ‘This is the place to be….If’ you are that kind of a person or at a stage in life where you want to take it easy.

    Cons

    There is no challenge at work and you will get bored easily. If you not from KLA then be prepared to get back stabbed for someone else’s mistake. There have been cases of bullying by top management and HR does nothing much about it. You will not find many coworkers who are thrilled about working for Nanometrics, most of them sit all day inside their tall cubes, very little collaboration and no fun at work at all. Benefits (401K, RSUs) are decent but nothing compared to other silicon valley companies; the sad part is HR thinks they are the best.

    Nanometrics has a very poor vacation policy, employees get about 15 days per year but the company has forced shutdown for pretty much every long weekend (Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and even President’s Day). Basically the company tells you when you can go on vacation and not when your family wants to go. If you don’t have enough accrued vacation, then you go on loss of pay. Expect at least 21 days every year taken out forcibly out of your PTO or you will go without pay. If you are negotiating salary make sure you take this into account. The top management have unlimited vacation and they don’t feel the pinch.

    Cost cutting happens all the time and you will find some benefit or the other gets taken out of you. However management spends a 3-4 days every quarter on business reviews in exotic resorts including Hawaii.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk

    Nanometrics Response

    Nov 15, 2018 – Talent Program Manager

    Thank you for your review and feedback. Human Resources and the Leadership Team review all feedback and encourage constructive feedback to improve internal processes, culture, and maintain... More

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great business, struggling culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong business and product. New CEO is a positive change.

    Cons

    Weak culture, no camraderie, very demanding work with poor tools and almost zero appreciation from managers.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees training and good tools. Appreciate them or they will leave, as is happening all the time.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Positioned to be a GREAT company."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. I was privileged to learn about the "human" side of my colleagues and how their character, beliefs, and skill made Nano a great place to create technology.

    My working level co-workers in my department made it VERY easy to partner, collaborate, to advocate, and showcase their respective disciplines. This made us accountable to one another and committed to helping each other to be successful.

    The company has the ability to overcome weaknesses identified in the cons.

    The (desktop) IT team provided me with GREAT cloud-based tools for use. I was able to be productive whether on my laptop, tablet, or smartphone. They ALWAYS went out of their way to help me personally. Thank you!

    The activities committee (volunteers I might add) did an EXCELLENT job planning events, gifts, and giveaways for the company on a regular basis. They put A LOT of THOUGHT into personalizing the experience and making it meaningful. Bravo!

    You DIRECTLY SEE how YOUR work has an impact on business outcomes. HUGE for new and experienced professionals of all disciplines.

    Financial performance has yielded personal benefits (i.e. incentives, stock performance). AWESOME!

    Benefits are VERY good and competitive (i.e. ESPP, generous 401K match, health, Lynda.com)

    Onsite café with mini self-serve market with food for purchase, a coffee machine that provides custom cups of coffee (i.e. lattes, espressos, cappuccino). Complimentary oatmeal, fruit, noodle soups, and Bagel Wednesdays @HQ the first week of every month. Nice seating areas to decompress or change your work environment for a moment.

    Onsite gym and shower facilities. Near-by access to walking, running, and bike riding trails.

    Near public transportation (i.e. light rail, buses, shuttles) and offsite eateries.

    Cons

    Strategic planning rigor lacks timeliness and discipline. The process is not transparently predictable or integrated into the culture.

    Infrastructure growing pains can frustrate and burn out solutions-oriented professionals. (i.e. business IT system integration shortfalls, ad hoc approaches to process documentation).

    Diversity and inclusion in the overall organization are VERY disappointing and disconcerting. It will take CONSIDERABLE time to improve tangible statistics that will have a positive impact on attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.

    Though you WILL do interesting and challenging global work, the career path for employees in the service organizations (i.e. Facilities, Finance, HR, IT) is not clearly defined or if it is, it is likely to take a few years to realize significant career opportunities (i.e. leadership) based upon how quickly the company scales in size and infrastructure.

    Service organizations (i.e. Facilities, Finance, HR, IT) are RARELY IF at all are formal recipients of formal and informal recognition for their efforts. Further, organizations that they support, consistently miss opportunity after opportunity to recognize those who support them rigorously. Most often, service organizations care for their own intra-departmental morale and recognition. Though you're not in these organizations for the accolades, a periodic formal "thank you" from internal customers would go a long way. This also includes the professional respect for their associated programs, processes, and their profession in general. The latter means a lot to professionals who are proud of the professions they represent. Unfortunately, for a few (not all) key influential leaders, this simply did not hold a place of importance or it was not noticeable enough in observable behavior or decisions. This also included their treatment of staff in the service organizations, which at times was VERY disrespectful, dismissive, and was not condemned by their leaders who were present for such communications or copied on said communications.

    Highly productive employees have been "incentivized" despite their recent betrayal of corporate "values" and "conduct" in their treatment of employees. It is difficult to reconcile why leadership would be willing to provide tacit approval of VERY poor behavior in contrast to published corporate values, regardless of their individual contribution.

    Advice to Management

    Realistically and strategically ACT on diversity and inclusion to ensure TANGIBLE statistical RESULTS. Provide TIMELY infrastructure improvements to minimize burnt out employees. Leadership should NOT provide tacit approval of employees with poor behavior and not incentivize these employees regardless if they are highly productive. Proactively recognize and support the programs and processes of the service departments (i.e. Facilities, Finance, HR, IT) that contribute to the company's success. Their skills translate to most industries and members of these teams CAN and WILL vote with their feet IF need be. Remember, just because they don't speak out, does not mean they are not desiring better recognition and RESPECT for their function, profession, programs, and processes. Continuity in the service departments GREATLY adds to the successful outcomes of corporate strategy execution.


  5. "An Organization Trying to Reinvent Itself"

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

    Pros

    There are a ton of opportunities for personal career growth. Most individual contributors are here to make progress, not impede it.

    Cons

    Where Nanometrics has fallen down in the past is in management turn over, which is what has contributed to most of the bad reviews on this site. New management will often come in and change the direction of the organization (for better or for worse), however charge is hard for those who can’t get with the program. When management change becomes a yearly occurrence, the chances of alienating individual contributors increases thus contributing to negative reviews. The only hostile work environment I’ve encountered has come from those individual contributors who’s patience has stretched too thin to manage the changes going on in the organization. What Nanometrics needs is consistent strong leadership for the next 4 years at a minimum and for those toxic individual contributors to look for greener pastures elsewhere.

    Nanometrics also has very little in the way of formal business processes creating a lot of confusion and misalignment among peers and departments.

    Advice to Management

    Stay at the company long enough to build strong, cohesive teams and let go of those that impede progress.


  6. "More positives than negatives!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nanometrics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - great people to work with
    - they empower the employees to make decisions, accept ownership and encourage team work
    - flexible hours
    - ability to work from home when needed
    - quarterly fun activities
    - encourage growth
    - health benefits average
    - fitness center, yoga classes, ping pong and other games
    - nice size company - family feel

    Cons

    - high employee turn over
    - no cafe; not a lot of healthy food choices
    - needs to improve recognition by giving out spot bonuses, and other compensation incentives.

    Advice to Management

    - try and improve employee satisfaction to retain employees
    - improve food options
    - freely disburse spot bonuses to employees at all levels
    - appreciate employees that are dedicated and have stayed with the company through good times and bad


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Supply Chain Management is in URGENT need of people skills classes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The purchasing team used to be run by Billy H who is extremely professional and always willing to help everyone. He made the purchasing dept. an enjoyable place to work at.

    Cons

    Everything started to go down hill when many former KLA management team started to join Nano and there were too many chiefs and not enough Indians to do the job. then way to many directions from different managers which contributed in a frustrated team.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in "People Skills" classes for managers so they know how to treat their employees.
    "Micromanagement" is a complete waste of everyone's time. It sucks the life out of the employees, fosters anxiety and creates a high stress work environment. Select the right people and give them room to get on the the Job.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Good company with bad management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good and very smart employees , decent benefits (medical , vision 401K) , good location , hours are not long like other high tech companies

    Cons

    Management level are horrible - very old spirit company , VP level are disconnected from employees, mostly sharing stocks and better benefits between them. If you are not former or current KLA don't even think joining the management level - it's looks like a little KLA mafia at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Start listen to your employees and try to hire or promote more people that don't have just KLA in the resume


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Work/Life Balance is a MUST"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nanometrics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great ppl to work with

    Cons

    Flexibility with hours is necessary!

    Advice to Management

    As a working parent, work life balance is a must as well as the option to telecommute. This should be an automatic option to ALL employees. This make for a healthy and happy employee.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Small company with limited resources and dysfunctional management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nanometrics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Minimal bureaucracy; opportunity to learn different aspects of the equipment

    Cons

    Company is mired in escalations and engineering operates in a perpetual crises mode; mid-level management turns over every couple years or so; engineering managers micro-manage and have a diminishing attitude toward their engineers; younger engineers are more valued and get the best project assignments over seasoned veterans

    Advice to Management

    Keep a stable management team; bring on managers who value the contributions of senior engineers and do not micro-manage them; bring on enough resources that allow projects to be properly staffed and managed