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Rudolph Technologies Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  1. ""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. "Field Service Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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.


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    "Bloomington location is great!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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.


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    "Rudolph Wilmington Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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.


  7. "The highs are better than the lows."

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

    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies full-time

    Pros

    You will not be bored. Rudolph is very customer focused so there is a constant stream of new projects and accounts coming in monthly. Rudolph prefers a lean organization requiring above average hours, but in turn the compensation is also above average. There are a lot of great people who want to do well and work hard as a team. There is a fun committee which focuses team building activities.

    Cons

    Rudolph executive management believes the best way to grow the company is through acquisition rather than organic growth. Failed acquisitions have hurt more than successful ones have helped. Rudolph is very focused on quarterly numbers and head count which results in a bias towards short term management.

    Advice to Management

    Rudolph's bias towards lean is hindering growth. Rudolph's business unit structure is unnecessarily complex for the size of the company.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers
    Good place to learn

    Cons

    Too many acquisitions
    Senior Management provides less insight about the company.


  9. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small company feel, good team work.

    Cons

    Upper management cares more about their own self interests


  10. "A pretty good place to intern as a software engineer"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Bloomington, MN
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rudolph Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A nice work environment.
    Good compensation, but no benefits(makes sense for an intern).
    You are given actual work and not just some testing work.
    Relatively flexible hours.

    Cons

    At first the projects being developed are a little hard to understand.
    Getting used to how they released their software seemed odd, but that could just be because that was my first time working as a software engineer.


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