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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated July 19, 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 (3)

    "Looking at Veeco? Keep looking."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Santa Barbara is a great place to live.

    Cons

    Management is clueless and detached. Reorganizations seem to occur regularly at six month intervals, and these lead to three problems:

    1. Projects get lost in the shuffle. As an engineer, you have no confidence that what you work on will still be considered a priority in six month's time.

    2. Every reorg seems to introduce yet another layer of management. Even as a senior
    engineer, I'm still five layers from the top. More and more of my time is spent generating
    reports so that all of my bosses will look productive.

    3. Management (especially the newest members) don't seem to know much about the technology they are supposed to be driving. Admittedly, it's arcane stuff, but there's no excuse.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention and try to figure out why people are leaving the company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Painful..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and bonus program..

    Cons

    Management! Not 'work class' or 'state of the art' need overall from top to bottom or the future will bring doom...

    Advice to Management

    Get smart! Take some action! Replace the far too many VPs, Sr. Directors/Directors we have, the layers of management are not efficient, consolidate the business entities it's a drain on resources and travel the operational budgets are too high for the size company Veeco is or wants to be, the operations and supply chain organizations are out of the stone ages. Hold the leaders of these areas accountable!

  3. Helpful (1)

    ""Stay away""

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only good thing is that you may learn something about the tools. It may help you to get a job on the customer side, hopefully.

    Cons

    First of all, they don't have formal training even safety training. Too many layers in management, your manager screens information keeping you in the dark, therefore there is no way you get the bigger picture so that you don't have a way to innovate. Also on the other hand, all the credit is taken by your manager and when it is time to lay off people, you manager can get you out easily. This kind of culture kills all the creativity. That is also why they have a lot of projects, few of them are successful. They don't care about your career at all. When the stock market is screwed, it is time for you to move on. It is also a place racially divided. All the management do is acquiring. There is not much long-term new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    We are human beings, not just a number, or numbers. Treat people as people please.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "If you have other employment options, take them!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is average with industry. Profit sharing is above average

    Cons

    Too many politics in the company. Managers and Directors do not support their employees. Definitely a "good old boy" environment. In my situation the manager was very unprofessional, would send inappropriate emails and loudly criticize his employees in a small office where everyone would hear his ranting. Same manager later promoted to Director and still at Veeco, so Veeco must promote this type of behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Closely review your managers. Get inputs from their employees.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Are you kidding!? Don't waste your time unless all you want to do is work there for maybe 6 months to 1 year."

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

    Pros

    Nice start off salary within any part of the company

    Cons

    Micro-managing upon Micro-managing upon Micro-managing of tasks and employees all the way down the chain. Until the buck stops where it stops.
    Get rid of employees when management makes bad decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Manufacturing companies such as yours needs to focus on their employees and the market to keep competitive and employees happh.
    Wasting time thinking that companies would be CAPITAL EQUIPMENT each year is very very stupid if you ask me coming from any type of college graduate with a sense of business. Come on!!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Unstable working environment"

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    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice work partners, nice people

    Cons

    Prepare to get laid off at any time. Very unstable working environment. If has a project, company will hire people; no project, company laid off people. People comes and goes for all of time. Do not expect yearly salary inflation increase. If your salary is not decreased, you are lucky.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A soul crushing company with a quarter by quarter business plan"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology
    Good team environment at engineer level
    Pay well, but they have to

    Cons

    Poor work life balance
    Confrontational non supportive executive team
    Clique of a few senior executives who protect each other and can do no wrong
    Not diversified and focused on highly cyclical market
    It you relocate, you are going to be an end entered servant for 2-3 years with poor annual raises until the payback period is over
    Significant voluntary and involuntary turnover at all levels
       - layoffs are an annual or more frequent occurrence
       - worked for 5 different VP/GMs over 6 years

    Advice to Management

    1) Replace a few senior executives who foster the conflict
    2) Diversify for stable growth
    3) Survey your employees to see what their perceptions are then act to improve your company and policies.
    4) Focus on your customers

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Veeco is sinking..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people left who are struggling....

    Cons

    .... but there are more bad apples that have dysfunctional personalities and strive to maintain the status quo.

    Forget about career advancement here as they are as common as unicorns. They have a very high turnover and have been laying people off for the last 7 years. The cycle goes like this -- they get some orders, they have a hiring spree... when the business environment turns sour, they lay people off like used husks. It doesn't matter if you're a top designer or performer. If you're on the sights, you're gone. And guess who needs to take up the extra work? You're also expected to work long hours, and if you're on salary, too bad. Work/Life balance? What's that?

    The benefits keep changing year after year, and not for the better. It's all about cost-cutting for the company's benefit.

    Job security is non-existent and everyone is walking on eggshells. Just ask the people that work there should you not believe the warnings in this and other reviews.

    Caveat Emptor!

    Advice to Management

    Why don't you share your bonuses with the rest of the company in order to have some buffer during the tough times. But then again, if history is a guide, that is never going to happen.

    BTW, the executive bonuses are public knowledge. Just look it up on Yahoo.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Veeco - Avoid at all cost"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is average. There really is not much of anything else good that can be said of this company. There are some good products, but service support of those products takes the strategy of trying to squeeze as much money from as little service as possible. Products are purposely designed so that customers will be forced to pay high prices for services they would normally prefer to do for themselves.

    Cons

    Abusive disrespectful treatment of their suppliers. Some managers are abusive of employees and HR looks the other way. Women are almost exclusively employed only in clerical positions, and are generally not treated with respect, or valued. Those few women in technical positions are not treated fairly or given fair opportunities. Generally the company undervalues key employees. This company is constantly searching desperately for buried treasure. They trash and lose highly profitable business units, if they do not believe there is a huge pot of gold in the near future for that business. Only an outrageous growth business plan is of any interest, so everything but that, gets bled dry and then disposed of. This company is considered toxic by its suppliers, its end customers, and many of its employees.

    Advice to Management

    There's no hope for the future of this company unless management develops integrity, and begins to value customers, suppliers, and employees. That hasn't happened within the last 15 years, so it's pretty unlikely to happen now.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "No future at all in either Veeco or its employee - Veeco is truely sinking"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people around - good technology and lots of opportunity to learn, great bonus when there is profit

    Cons

    No career growth opportunity, average salary and benefits, continuous restructuring practice that often cause significant lay off - No job security. Moreover, excessive political and toxic environment - If you are in good book of higher management - you are good - otherwise you will be out - no matter the performance.

    Advice to Management

    Lot of changes need to be made in management - however - at this point , there isn't really any hope. All the very best to the organization


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