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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated August 16, 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 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. "Dying Company"

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

    I worked at Veeco Instruments as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, for the most part

    Cons

    The company is dying, they lack the ability to recruit new talent, they won't hire interns. The technology (at least in the software department) is about as old as dust. If you want to learn about old technology and worry about the company being there the next day, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so afraid to upgrade things.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Small company with little growth."

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    Former Employee - Technician III in Fridley, MN
    Former Employee - Technician III in Fridley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Veeco Instruments provides a platform for employees to gain experiences in a unique niche industry. Employees are an integral part in the design, redesign, and build process.

    Cons

    There is a lack in workplace culture that hurts the overall experience. Management to employee relations are very distant. The Human Resource efforts are a joke. This feeling is mutual throughout the company.

    Very little opportunity for career growth and personal development.

    Advice to Management

    Managers not only manage the business, but the people. The success of your employees drive the success of your business.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Volatile Industry makes it hard here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary and bonuses are great when times are good.

    Cons

    Layoffs, constant change in management, and restructuring of departments, unstable industry, orders can range from a few hundred units a year to 5 a year.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a 5 year plan, staff accordingly and ride the ups and downs with contractors not full time employees. It's demoralizing to the employees to see management go on a hiring spree only to turn around and layoff full time employees months later.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great products, dedicated people, good benefits.

    Cons

    Company executive management makes rash decisions when facing financial hurdles. Inflexible policies lead to employee dissatisfaction.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Sr. Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible time, very supportive people.

    Cons

    Strange management, over loaded tasks, unstable sales, poor benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Need to define the responsibilities of program manager and project manager. There are too many managers in a project.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, if the orders are still coming in (and you still have a job)"

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    Former Employee - Final Test Technician in Napanoch, NY
    Former Employee - Final Test Technician in Napanoch, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Veeco Instruments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Employees. Going to work everyday was a dream

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Planning"

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    Former Employee - Planning in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Planning in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The biggest driver working in Veeco is the Salary and bonus when given. A lot of the people there are great to work with. Learn alot about manufacturing and LED technology.

    Cons

    The biggest con is trying to move around within the company. You are locked into a position and really cannot move. Projects can be like roller coaster rides. See a lot of people come and go.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Salary but minimal learning"

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    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. Helpful (6)

    "Needs a new CEO"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Plainview, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Plainview, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Motivated employees, potential for growth.

    Cons

    CEO is widely rumored to be an alcoholic. Much of the senior staff has recently left for other companies as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Veeco needs a new CEO due to the substance abuse problem of John Peeler. This is a public company and the shareholder's interests are not being protected under these circumstances. Given that the man needs treatment, he should resign his post. This is a shameful situation that ought to be rectified.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A good experience and slack life"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people in general. Most people work for technology related engineering without too much paper work.

    Cons

    I agree with profound lack of vision and leadership at the engineering group.
    Maybe CEO doesn't think it is important to get engineer's trust. because frequent laid off.


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