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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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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. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work with some very talented people
    Managers very supportive and have your back
    Work on a daily basis with new and innovative technology
    Strong, team building atmosphere
    Very good position in the marketplace
    Competitive compensation structure

    Cons

    Typical downsides of working with a public company in terms of quarterly pressure to impress the street

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on building a great organization for the long haul, as well as developing and bringing in more great products to sell to the market


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Bad mangement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Technician in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Veeco Instruments (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    management is very bad, they do have any planning for future. upper management only worried about his own bonus and salary.

    Cons

    Its good technology to learn by your self

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Significant expansion"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been working at Veeco full time for approximately one year.

    What I like about the Company?

    - Driven Executive Team with a vision to grow the Company significantly Organically and
       Inorganically.
    - Fast moving, dynamic environment.
    - Leading Edge Technology.
    - Super Smart people who are confident but don't come with an Ego.
    - Collaborative Team Environment where everyone just wants to get on and do better.
    - Trust that Management have in Employees.
    - Growth potential and investment into people and infrastructure to enable that growth.

    The Veeco environment is really a refreshing place to work in, where decisions are made fast and people are challenged to develop and contribute.

    Cons

    What I do not like about the Company?
    Veeco is already a leading technology company in the Semiconductor industry and is expanding at a significant rate through organic and Inorganic growth.
    Veeco must continue to bring in best talent and improve processes and infrastructure to serve this market at a Best In Class level. There is still plenty of potential to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be ambitious and add to the portfolio to move the needle over next years.
    Further invest in people and infrastructure to drive growth.


  4. "Engineering - twenty years"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. A real "melting pot" of people from both Americas, Asia and Europe, people of both genders and of all ages, from the recently graduate to the "young person of... retirement age" who just won't retire, the company offers a large range of opportunities for many levels of skill and expertise.
    Good effort to minimize impact of volatile markets on work force by managing variable costs in design and development (via outside consulting) and in manufacturing (via contract manufacturing).
    Pretty good job security, especially for talented individuals with proven skills and expertise. Significant effort by management, even during most critical downturns of a volatile market, to identify alternate options, offer relocation and retrain people in order to keep such talent and skills inside the company.
    A very liberal and open approach to work activities in general, allowing everybody to express his or her personal opinion.

    Cons

    A tendency towards standardizing creative activities that might perhaps be excessive, with too numerous procedural forms to be followed. Such tendency, although good in theory, could lead quite often to an unnecessary volume of work with no value added.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look into analyzing the ratio of successful to less successful projects that follow all the procedural guidelines, versus the same ratio for projects that do not necessarily do so.
    Based on such analysis, management should continue to support those procedural activities that are useful and address those that are not by either simplifying them or by completely eliminating them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Global Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Sales in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Global Sales in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After working in the high tech / capital equipment / semiconductor world for many years, I find Veeco's culture to be a breath of fresh air. The environment is excellent - great executive sales and service leadership, no hidden agendas, clear objectives and a team that is built to drive additional value for both internal and external stakeholders. I can see the Executive Team has spent the last several years strengthening the management bench and fostering a culture of trust while having fun at the same time!

    The Senior Management Team communicates well and is not just focused on quartely results but ... growing the company organically and via M&A as well. Enough structure and processes to be held accountable as a publicly-held company, but not too rigid or structured that kills innovation, progress or speed!

    The "team" approach at Veeco is great - people looking to make a difference, provide world-class products and differentiated technology without all the baggage of employees constantly worrying about an old-school "CYA" mentality. You can really voice your opinion and make a difference at Veeco.

    The company continues to invest, build engineering and spend where needed! Management has right-sized operations and facilities in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

    Cons

    It's not Silicon Valley, but is that a con? It's the semiconductor industry but I presume those looking at Veeco already know about the nature of capital equipment and semiconductors!

    The management is doing a better-than-above-average job of building businesses that help to weather the segments that are cyclical.

    401K and Health Benes are better than average.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep strengthening the management bench, growth through M&A and continued investment in R&D / new products. Streamline financial reporting.


  6. "Rapidly Growing Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Innovative Technologies. Best in class products. High pay, stock options, 401k. Upward mobility in most departments. Large and diverse product line for sales. High growth markets and continued focus on M&A.

    Cons

    Company is driven by Wall Street...although this is a pro in many cases with product development and company acquisitions. Health/Dental/Vision benefits are just OK. Industries are volatile and Veeco does fluctuate in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on diversified markets and product lines to reduced the need for head count fluctuations. Continued focus on product innovation and M&A to grow the business.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Run and Don't Look Back"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with at the individual contributor level.

    Cons

    Veeco is disfunction personified.

    Senior management are liars, unfair and genuinely don't care about people. A few career-minded individuals rise to the top for no clear reason other than their ability to schmooze and tell stories.

    7 layoffs in 4 years; 4 GMs in 4 years; 5 HR director in 5 years, the list goes on and on. MOCVD business unit has over 300 employees in early 2012 and now it's down to ~120 people or so (and it keeps shrinking).

    Hires rejects from other bigger capital equipment companies to be the 25th senior directors or vice presidents in the hope to revitalize its business. The only way to save Veeco is by firing its CEO and President who perpetrate a culture of fear, distrust and extreme politics among its employees.

    More and more resorting to 'financialization' of its business instead of investing in things that matter, such as RnD and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Have shame and stop driving Veeco to the ground.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Machinist 3"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welder/Fabricator in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Welder/Fabricator in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The only good thing about Veeco were the employees. But they were either let go or quit.

    Cons

    Too many to list.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to suck your way to the top and listen to people that know.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Small company with little growth."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Complex and interesting technology. Great people.

    Cons

    Unclear future. Budgets driven by quarterly revenues.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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