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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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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 7 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)

    "Great from my perspective"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to succeed and grow in the company. Good benefits. I enjoy working in a technology focused company like Veeco.

    Cons

    Really depends on the position and business unit. Like most public company there is a drive and expectation for profitable results. These expectations are nothing different than other similar companies.

    Advice to Management

    When looking for business growth, sometimes a safer investment with marginal growth is better than a far riskier investment with high upside.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate meddling is hurting the business"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly techincal, focused group in St. Paul are a joy to work with. The technology is exciting. The pace of work is great.

    Cons

    Corporate is trying to consolidate as many functions as possible to the detriment to the business as well as customer satisfaction. Sales, Service and Customer Fulfillment, and Human Resources have all been taken away from the business units and pulled into pooled resources. It has resulted in poorly trained Sales and Service people who do not know enough about St. Paul's product to adequately do the job. The customers are becoming increasingly frustrated with this setup.

    Advice to Management

    We are not a billion dollar company which is what we were angling for when all of the restructuring occurred. Admit your mistake and give back the functions to the Business Units before any more customers are lost.

  3. "12 years and counting"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging company with no chance of boredom as fast environment to work in. Not a place for the meek or lazy. If you can handle excessive work load and learn self reward rather than being recognized by management for hard work. I find myself capable of prioritizing my own work load to only the important items that affect deliverables.

    Cons

    Not enough resources as management believes in lean staff and overworking them. Projects and new products are always under staffed, under managed, and unrealistic time lines for completion. This always leads to fixing errors and design issues over and over again.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that do it right the first time and staff for success will actually save cost as excessive resources are always cleaning up the mistakes. Poor supply chain management as many suppliers hate our organization due to poor way of doing business that borders on unethical.


  4. "just ok"

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

    Pros

    Company has great hardware, and free fruits

    Cons

    Software just crap, management has no idea what is software development

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time

    Pros

    In sales and business development, Veeco gives the employee plenty of room to be successful.

    Veeco does not want to be the next AMAT or Lam, they want to be a successful company to the customers it serves

    Very knowledgeable and supportive customer service organization.

    Fiscally responsible

    Cons

    Veeco needs to be careful not to grow too fast inorganically


  6. "Member of Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Cross functional teams , High tech

    Cons

    smooth scaling up or down of resources ( as per the cyclic market)


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work with some very talented people
    Managers very supportive and have your back
    Work on a daily basis with new and innovative technology
    Strong, team building atmosphere
    Very good position in the marketplace
    Competitive compensation structure

    Cons

    Typical downsides of working with a public company in terms of quarterly pressure to impress the street

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on building a great organization for the long haul, as well as developing and bringing in more great products to sell to the market

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering - twenty years"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Global Sales"

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    • 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.


  10. "Rapidly Growing Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Innovative Technologies. Best in class products. High pay, stock options, 401k. Upward mobility in most departments. Large and diverse product line for sales. High growth markets and continued focus on M&A.

    Cons

    Company is driven by Wall Street...although this is a pro in many cases with product development and company acquisitions. Health/Dental/Vision benefits are just OK. Industries are volatile and Veeco does fluctuate in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on diversified markets and product lines to reduced the need for head count fluctuations. Continued focus on product innovation and M&A to grow the business.


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