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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 (4)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting products and cool technologies. At an individual level there are many good people with excellent skill sets. Friendly working environment.

    Cons

    Corporate culture dominates, particularly quarterly deliverables where the management seem almost desperate to collect all possible revenue, even at great expense and loss in quality.

    Advice to Management

    Many layoffs company wide erode the feeling of job security. Everyone seems to be looking at jobs not from wanting to leave as much as just to cover their bases.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "IT Department Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Plainview, NY
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people with diverse backgrounds and skills. Good overall team morale and spirit.

    Cons

    Some of the factories were grade C real estate quality at best. Some managers didn't appreciate or agree with IT goals and the value technology outside product design could benefit the company.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep weathering the many storms of high tech manufacturing. The company is a worthwhile ongoing concern that produces quality products and employs so many great people.


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  5. "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


  6. "veeco has alright bonus and benefit."

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    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The Good the Bad and the Ugly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Good people in general. For quite a stretch the profit sharing checks were generous. As the world leader in MOCVD for high brightness LEDs when the market comes back profit sharing will be good.

    Cons

    Profound Lack of vision and leadership at the engineering 'leadership' level. Currently there aren't resources for a lot of product development. Too many chiefs and not so many Indians.

    Advice to Management

    A leader is different than a manager. A Ph.D does not assure leadership. In fact there is an inverse relationship between the two. Promote the authentic leader in the engineering department.


  8. "Average Experience"

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    Current Intern - Process Technology Intern in Somerset, NJ
    Current Intern - Process Technology Intern in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are very nice. You learn from the experienced individuals in the field. The work was interesting, kept you involved.

    Cons

    Environment is boring, quiet. Many meetings but not too many solutions. Many have a very thick accent, sometimes hard to understand.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a consistent pace.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good learning, senior management is clueless"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities if you are smart
    Work life balance
    Decent pay for the area
    Good camaraderie

    Cons

    4 layoffs in 16 months
    Business is highly fluctuative
    Senior management constantly in flux

    Advice to Management

    Own up to your successes and failures.
    Don't just expect problems to go away or play politics to shift things around.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company for Semiconductor technologists"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has a lot of technically sound people, good camaraderie among employees and management.

    Cons

    Semiconductor sector is cyclical, so Veeco is no exception to the up-and-down phases.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of good, great r & d"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Somerset, NJ

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunity for career growth, very interesting products and markets served, great profit sharing program

    Cons

    Lots of ups and downs in market for their products.

    Advice to Management

    Too much outsourcing!


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