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Nanometrics Reviews

Updated April 6, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "software developer at headquarters"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working at Nanometrics in Milpitas for almost a year. It's been a very pleasant experience here, although I'm working with a new team and new business unit, so our work is very insulated from the rest of the company; thus, I've had no issues regarding office politics or management, or anything like that. There are regular social events (bbq's, luncheons, parties etc.) that I find to be a nice break to the routine.

    Cons

    The office space is very cubical-centric

    Advice to Management

    Company seems to be moving in the right direction. Continued openness to change will help


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Unhealthy work environment, awful management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nanometrics full-time

    Pros

    Company pays well for below average type of work.
    Over-eaters provide treats for the team so, there's always unhealthy snacks available.
    Reasonable commute from home.

    Cons

    Incompetent senior management are all talk, no action.
    Outdated processes and tools.
    Poor execution; that is if they even execute at all.
    Lack of direction within team organization.
    Disorganized and dysfunctional teams.
    Bullying, back-stabbing, and micromanaging by a colleague is tolerated.
    Weak HR policy.
    Nepotism.
    Executive team seem to be clueless.
    Complacency.

    Advice to Management

    Less talking, and more doing. Promote employee empowerment. Get rid of toxic and useless employees. Let incompetent senior managers go and replace them with those who have proven track of accomplishments from their previous companies. Make quick decisions to execute.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Good company with bad management"

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    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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Small company with limited resources and dysfunctional management"

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    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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Some good and some bad"

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

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

    Pros

    -Quality people
    -Interesting technology
    -Good stepping off point to the rest of the semiconductor industry

    Cons

    -Lack of professionalism in many customer-facing roles
    -Mid and long-range plans sacrificed for urgent issues
    -Poor work/life balance

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Network Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The company has good product.

    Cons

    the management doesn't appreciate employee's contribution.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "New Upper Management Only Wants Yes People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nanometrics full-time

    Pros

    You can work on cutting edge technology and in some cases be part of a team to advance their technology.

    Cons

    You better be a yes person toward upper management. Don't question upper management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Small company with dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Long working hours with heavy workload

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a better long term vision.


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