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Ultratech Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "Interesting and Challenging"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support/Corporate Trainer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support/Corporate Trainer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ultratech (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, product with reasonable work/life balance

    Cons

    Cyclical nature of semiconductor equipment translates to cyclical employment (layoffs).

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (1)

    "work, Enviroment, culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ultratech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some people were help full, lot of learning curve depending on the group.

    Cons

    Most of the of time information were not shared among the group, need to know basis.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management need to be open to employees.


  3. "Good place to stay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ultratech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Alot of people have been there a long time. Coworkers are helpful. Almost family like environment. Knowledge is given freely.

    Cons

    Not much for benefits, average pay. No ESPP , bonus. Supposed to have matching 401k, but that never happens. Boom and bust cycles are tough with hiring-layoff cycles.

    Advice to Management

    Management seems to be out just for themselves, but that's typical.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Quality Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology, very old company with a mixture of old and new all throughout the company. Think caveman with a laser gun.

    Cons

    Niche market that may not always have a good profit, so layoffs happen. Old software and hardware can't be changed, so it can be clunky to use, and standard automation does not work.

    Advice to Management

    Allow newer versions of tools to have newer UI and code base. Not everything needs to change, but the user should only see a wrapper that hides the old code.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Incompetent Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have incompetent management so you can do whatever you want or tell anything they would believe you. Beside that, nothing is great.

    Cons

    This review is way overdue. They need better management for sure. OLD people can't run the company, this is the 21th century. Investors/shareholders should request an internal audit of every department starting from management up. Most managers don't know what they're doing. Especially IS and Engineer Department should get an outside experts audit on their job. Those clowns in IS don't know what they're talking about. Heavily relying on vendors to do their jobs. Same with Engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Need competent people that knows what they're doing.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Bad culture, lack of trust up and down management chain"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Don't remember any, except for the family business for the CEO.

    Cons

    CEO sets a bad example and culture for the company. On one company's meeting he was making sexist jokes against Asian minority women from small Southeast Asia country., right in front of all the employees. If this was acceptable from the CEO, then everyone and everything is fair game.
    Seems people are always watching their backs from being back stabbed. On one occasion, my lunch bag was checked by security leaving work. I was shocked and felt like like a criminal. Needless to say, certain things and certain people were untouchable. There's definitely a network or inner circles of the "Good Boy".
    I've seen upper management of 25 years were let go due to personal vedette of certain higher level exec.. That really was the deal breaker for me.
    If you don't care about your professional future go ahead and work there. If you do, stay very far away. You will thank Glassdoor for this platform so that former employees can post their experiences working there!

    Advice to Management

    None, they are not open-minded for different opinions and fresh views.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Largely Negative Review"

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    Former Employee - Documentation Database Administrator in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Documentation Database Administrator in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The head of the Field Services Dept. is an excellent manager, the engineers were great coworkers, and their atomic layer deposition technology is exciting.

    Cons

    My contract hours were reduced by 75% abruptly, reducing my pay. There were a couple instances of dysfunction such as the unexpected firing of a beloved, outspoken coworker, palpable worry about being laid off when the market wasn't doing well, and a lack of communication between different departments. Lastly, during an incident of sexual harassment, a senior manager was present in the office as a witness and did nothing. He remained employed despite my report of his involvement and complacency, and he was promoted. Needless to say, our relationship was strained toward the end there.

    Advice to Management

    Provide relevant, engaging sensitivity trainings to combat sexism in the engineering world.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ultratech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, some people are very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Watch out for certain group personal, they only want information from you, won't share on group projects. Need to know bases. No team work.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to talk to team members and pay close attention team interaction and support within group. Don't play favorite.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Semiconductor equipment company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly people and work environment.

    Cons

    The company was established in 1979.


  11. "Works are pretty challenge."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ultratech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are not too much pressure.

    Cons

    The company provides too low income.


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