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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated January 10, 2018
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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 (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.


  2. 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!!

  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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!


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "working in Veeco"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good environment and got thing to learn

    Cons

    with a lot of different culture

    Advice to Management

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  8. "Field Service Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Benefits. Some of their products are beneficial to work on to expand ones knowledge.

    Cons

    The company is centered around the SAP program which increases delays in productivity and time of use. The way issues are handled does not make sense.

    Advice to Management

    Do things reasonably, take the initiative to suggest beneficial changes to directors, and above all else backup/defend your team not just yourself.

    Veeco Instruments Response

    Jan 18, 2018 – Executive Recruiter

    Glad you are pleased with our benefits and products! We are sure you have great ideas and encourage you to share those with your leadership team. We are always trying to improve, and this helps us... More


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  10. 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.


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