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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Veeco Instruments CEO and Director John R. Peeler
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Pros
  • At an individual level there are many good people with excellent skill sets (in 8 reviews)

  • Cross functional teams , High tech (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management are liars, unfair and genuinely don't care about people (in 7 reviews)

  • Profound Lack of vision and leadership at the engineering 'leadership' level (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Global Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Sales in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Global Sales in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After working in the high tech / capital equipment / semiconductor world for many years, I find Veeco's culture to be a breath of fresh air. The environment is excellent - great executive sales and service leadership, no hidden agendas, clear objectives and a team that is built to drive additional value for both internal and external stakeholders. I can see the Executive Team has spent the last several years strengthening the management bench and fostering a culture of trust while having fun at the same time!

    The Senior Management Team communicates well and is not just focused on quartely results but ... growing the company organically and via M&A as well. Enough structure and processes to be held accountable as a publicly-held company, but not too rigid or structured that kills innovation, progress or speed!

    The "team" approach at Veeco is great - people looking to make a difference, provide world-class products and differentiated technology without all the baggage of employees constantly worrying about an old-school "CYA" mentality. You can really voice your opinion and make a difference at Veeco.

    The company continues to invest, build engineering and spend where needed! Management has right-sized operations and facilities in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

    Cons

    It's not Silicon Valley, but is that a con? It's the semiconductor industry but I presume those looking at Veeco already know about the nature of capital equipment and semiconductors!

    The management is doing a better-than-above-average job of building businesses that help to weather the segments that are cyclical.

    401K and Health Benes are better than average.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep strengthening the management bench, growth through M&A and continued investment in R&D / new products. Streamline financial reporting.


  2. "Engineering - twenty years"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. A real "melting pot" of people from both Americas, Asia and Europe, people of both genders and of all ages, from the recently graduate to the "young person of... retirement age" who just won't retire, the company offers a large range of opportunities for many levels of skill and expertise.
    Good effort to minimize impact of volatile markets on work force by managing variable costs in design and development (via outside consulting) and in manufacturing (via contract manufacturing).
    Pretty good job security, especially for talented individuals with proven skills and expertise. Significant effort by management, even during most critical downturns of a volatile market, to identify alternate options, offer relocation and retrain people in order to keep such talent and skills inside the company.
    A very liberal and open approach to work activities in general, allowing everybody to express his or her personal opinion.

    Cons

    A tendency towards standardizing creative activities that might perhaps be excessive, with too numerous procedural forms to be followed. Such tendency, although good in theory, could lead quite often to an unnecessary volume of work with no value added.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look into analyzing the ratio of successful to less successful projects that follow all the procedural guidelines, versus the same ratio for projects that do not necessarily do so.
    Based on such analysis, management should continue to support those procedural activities that are useful and address those that are not by either simplifying them or by completely eliminating them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall OK"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stock option, RSU, 401K with matching, good health insurance

    Cons

    target market is not that rich and strong


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good people, overworked"

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

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a good people who work at Veeco, they are hard workers and friendly. It is enjoyable to go to work on a daily basis which is what is most important. Veeco has a cafeteria where there is food cooked fresh everyday which I would consider one of the best perks along with Bagels the first Friday of every month. They also offer free coffee, tea and hot chocolate which is nice

    Cons

    The amount of work that is expected of you is more than your average work load. If you are able to handle the work load it will then be expected as if it is normal. It seems the culture here is that the management is more important than the actual workers, I've seen so many good smart employees leave while they keep managers who don't do anything except for meet with workers all day.

    Advice to Management

    My advise to management would be to worry about the people who create the designs for these amazing machines we create, and not to focus on 3 managers for every one employee. I would also like to say we appreciate the little things like bagels every first Friday and the convenience of getting breakfast and lunch in the building.


  6. "Solid company with no politics"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open culture where you can challenge and be challenged without fear of reprisal or animosity. There are no politics at the 1st to 3rd level of the company which means people can focus on doing a good job and raising difficult issues so they can be solved. Rewarding environment for performers with lots of internal promotion and formal succession planning. Very strong and effective HR and recruiting team.

    Cons

    Cyclical industry means tightening the belt when the market drops but a culture of rewarding performance and believing in people means cutting staff costs as a last resort.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for new markets outside of general lighting to take the core (or other)technologies to exciting new segments.


  7. "Ok Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Somerset, NJ

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation and flexible hours

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, weak technical development, no technical challenges

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management layers


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Salary but minimal learning"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Level I in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Level I in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average salary, some of the folks are very intellectual and amazing teachers!

    Cons

    Very Political
    Even though there are very smart people working with you, everyone holds their knowledge so you're learning curve is pretty flat.
    There is no training program for a new hiree, and way too many contractors and they hold their knowledge so very difficult to learn
    Repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "veeco has alright bonus and benefit."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    bonus can be nice when it is profitable

    Cons

    there is no growth path

    Advice to Management

    hire fewer VPs


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Approaching 10 years"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Veeco is proactive about employee development. The markets they serve are high growth markets with fascinating consumer implications. Teams and departments work closely together to achieve company goals.

    Cons

    Cyclical business makes the downturns tough to handle but company is continuously improving and actively looking to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Communication from the senior level executives to all employees is essential.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "High-tech company with decent culture and good compensation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Director in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Director in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology. Dynamic market. High level professionals. World leader in AFM. Wide variety of other technologies: film deposition, epitaxy, optical and AFM metrology. Clear business and industry orientation.

    Cons

    Not that many Cons. May be a bit too much politics where it should not be. Sometimes unclear distribution of duties and chain of comand.

    Advice to Management

    I guess a bit more transparency in decision making and less politics will be beneficial for the company.


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