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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated December 8, 2016
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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. "A continuous search for what would please senior management, not necessarily what was aimed at profit growth."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Santa Barbara location could not be beat.

    Cons

    Poort senior management, more like a club that everyone was either trying to get into, or trying to avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your star employees, not just for technical advice, but also about their suggestions for realistic timelines and their concerns about real career development.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "All about the quarterly stock value"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hight tech and smart people

    Cons

    Mostly clueless, cutthroat senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find it in yourself to care about others at least as much as you do yourself.


  3. "employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Technically challenging work environment and room for innovation. Professional manufacturing team

    Cons

    Poor management strategy and long-term vision.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mistake"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries with good incentive plan when business is doing well, competitive benefits, very smart Engineering team who are passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Lots of change in leadership and in company direction, poor communication, very short sighted with business strategy, tons of turnover and constant layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Engage with your teams and listen to their feedback, communicate more frequently and honestly, enforce the values and culture you talk about


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to tread water"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and great technology. Broadly skilled employees provide a friendly work environment. Profit sharing program is very generous.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement or career development. Leadership is cliquey. Organization Is top heavy and good ideas lay fallow due to lack of resources to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Focus the organization outwardly. Too much time and energy is spent internally. You should remove at least 1 layer of middle management to improve communication


  7. "Sr. Electrical design engineer"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule.
    provide a good snack(fruit).

    Cons

    Develop a new research equipment

    Advice to Management

    Company have failed to present a vision of future and individual ability to individual.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "I've had 6 managers, 6 HR directors, exp 10 layoffs and 5 GM's is less than 9 years."

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with working hours. Can travel to see the world. Work with some very good and interesting people.

    Cons

    No formal training, micro managing, never promote internally, Does not build tools to customer satisfaction. Poor product management. Hires too many chiefs with no Indians. Too much internal finger pointing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workers. Promote from within!!! Need ALOT of vision


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Always in the dark and wore too many hats!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, matching 401K, flexibility, can work from home, free coffee.

    Cons

    Selling products before they are designed. Major pressure and stress to complete the tasks to design/manufacture prior to shipping tools. Everything is a fire and urgent every single hour of everyday. Transition to market is too fast. Very limited resources and we wear many hats.

    Advice to Management

    Need to communicate to your employees and actually listen to them and give feedback. When we got a new GM he did not even address our site! Too many upper management upstairs just running into eachother. Not engaging the workers at all.


  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.


  11. 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.



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