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Rudolph Technologies Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    ""Tribal Knowledge" is held tight by the August elders"

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    Former Employee - Tech Support Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Tech Support Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool technology. Wide ability to change how you do your job. If you have clear goals or know your (KPI), you are given flexibility to do your job as you see fit. Very steep industry learning curve (yes I find this as a Pro).

    Cons

    This is a review of the Bloomington location only. KPI changes without notice, and you are often measured by standards that you are unaware. A decade of infighting between business units, MN location suffers from lack leadership. Too many "managers" in title. New hires at MN location are "August Outsiders" and will have hard time gaining trust with former August employees that are now middle management. No mentorship program. Highly adverse to change. Although I was vocal, I was never able to navigate path to paid schooling that is offered as benefit. Where one should find documentation, new hires will often find that "Tribal Knowledge" is held tight by the August elders, creating an uneven and frustrating playing field. These elders are often rewarded for fixing something that should be documented. No true after action leaves many issues undocumented and therefore repeated.

    Advice to Management

    Need to break August mentality at the MN location. Stop the hemorrhage of GOOD employees. New hires do not have knowledge of legacy code (could become very scary and expensive). Red hot leads are left to go cold, make sure you purchase enough licenses for the CRM. Too much money is focused and spent on software fixes where previously expensive hardware (now inexpensive hardware) solutions are available. Use ISO to fix holes in documentation.

    I really wish I had worked for what Mike P. is leading as Rudolph. While my check said Rudolph, I was stuck in the shadow of August.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "happy i am no longer there!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tewksbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    compensation, opportunity to travel, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    requirement to travel (coach) to Asia, no respect for family, personal time, life outside of work

    Advice to Management

    dont micro-manager, especially when you dont know the area better than your subordinates

    NEVER promise a title, and then never deliver - that is how you kill enthusiasm, commitment, and employee happiness

  3. Helpful (4)

    "It's a Chinese Fire Drill Every Day!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rudolph Technologies full-time

    Pros

    They are in the right problem space - their products are needed in the industry and they have good penetration for some of them. They are positioned well.

    Cons

    Everyone in the management and executive teams is in massive CYA mode. Very disjoint, very chaotic, lack of meaningful prioritization, quarter-to-quarter short-term view. This culture trickles down to the troops, which is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage a culture of NOT playing the blame game and talking smack about fellow team members behind their backs. Encourage a culture of respect and cooperation.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Innovation via Acquisition has been a challenge"

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

    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Some very smart people in the company, and interesting products and technology to work on.

    Cons

    Multiple acquisitions has led to isolated locations, poor communication, and very little team building across sites

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees! Many are treated like they are easily replaceable. Experienced sales, service, and engineers are discounted too easily. And when bad decisions are made at the Executive level about projects or company structure, nobody is held responsible.


  5. "Field Service Engineer"

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting. Rudolph is open to new ideas but struggles to implement them.

    Cons

    Rudolph could / should be more organized.

    Advice to Management

    Don't attempt to do too much. Prioritize.


  6. "Senior Field Service Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not micro managed. Usually given ample time to prepare for job and to set your own travel schedule. Usually not asked to work overtime or weekends unless you want to.

    Cons

    On occasion can be asked to travel on short notice. Travel can be over 75% some months. Hard to belong to local clubs or attend any local training or college classes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees updated more on what's going on within the company across the different business units.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rudolph Technologies full-time

    Pros

    You will never be bored there. There is always something new to work on. Great people, great resources to bounce ideas off of.

    Cons

    Semiconductor manufacturing is very cyclical meaning if the industry is not doing well it has a trickle down effect. This is the case with many companies like Rudolph.

  8. "The good and the bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The company benefits are on par with most. I certainly have no complaints about how I personally been compensated. 401k match, bonus program are a plus.

    Cons

    The semiconductor industry is a cyclical industry and not for the faint of heart. Investment in new acquisitions and new business ventures could be better.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Bloomington location is great!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MN location is a great place to work.

    Cons

    New COO-unsure of his direction and pure software experience for a capital equipment company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Rudolph Wilmington Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rudolph Technologies full-time

    Pros

    There are many knowledgable engineers with extensive lithography equipment and semiconductor experience. Your engineering skills will develop quickly here.

    Cons

    Management's short term focus on quarterly results leaves projects underfunded and understaffed resulting in long work weeks and low employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money into your projects. Your customers, your shareholders, and your team will enjoy the rewards down the road. Learn from your team's experience in the flat panel market. They have a lot of experience and stories to share.


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