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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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Pros
  • At an individual level there are many good people with excellent skill sets (in 8 reviews)

  • High tech company with a lot of problems (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management are liars, unfair and genuinely don't care about people (in 6 reviews)

  • Profound Lack of vision and leadership at the engineering 'leadership' level (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Small company with little growth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  2. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  3. "Great Team, lots of paperwork"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Mannheim (Germany)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Mannheim (Germany)
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All Coworkers are very nice and very helpful when asked for their help. Direct Supervisor is always willing to help.

    Cons

    Lots of time consuming business processes. Company not very flexible.
    Little to no time to do the huge amounts of paperwork.
    100% travel


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  5. "Accounts Payable Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Horsham, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working for Solid State Equipment. The people were great and I was able to just do my work and enjoy it.

    Cons

    When Veeco took over, things really changed and it wasnt the same.


  6. "Overall OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stock option, RSU, 401K with matching, good health insurance

    Cons

    target market is not that rich and strong


  7. "Internal Audit Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The internal audit teams works together through a variety of processes. They develop solutions to problems and maintain a good relationship with the staff at the company.

    Cons

    The work is a bit mundane when dealing with SOX


  8. Helpful (3)

    "No strategic vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good people

    Cons

    There is no viable long-term strategy for growth
    Management refuses to pay for top talent
    Constant restructuring is demoralizing


  9. Helpful (9)

    "A very dangerous proposal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Good starting salary
    -Some possibility to move up the ranks due to high turnover and layoffs across all levels
    -The pretentious titles handed out by the company can be used to get a better job elsewhere

    Cons

    -Technical people have very limited job opportunites in NY/NJ, the financial world dominates NY, moving to NY or NJ for a technical job is a very dangerous proposal, without even talking about working for the small volatile markets like the one Veeco dwells in
    -As a technical person, the skills gained at Veeco are almost useless to get a job in the greater NY area, most people have never heard of Veeco or the equipment or technologies they work on, you'll have to do quite a bit of explaining on your job interviews in companies unrelated to Veeco's industry, in some cases you might have to leave NY/NJ to get a job
    -Again, transferring your experience from Veeco anywhere else in the tristate area could prove to be challenging, this is a highly specialized company whose technology and products have limited appplications
    -Leaving a decent job with decent job prospects for a job with Veeco could end up
    wrecking your way of life, you can't depend on this job to support a family
    -High turnover at all levels means the knowledge is never transferred correctly, very few people, if any, retire from Veeco on their own terms
    -All new hires from disciplines like mechanical engineering, don't stay over 5 years, yet these machines are completely mechanically driven, how do you run a highly specialized company with so little experience, on the ground where the work is actually being done?
    -Several layers of managment, some levels have no direct reports they just shift responsibility from one department to another
    -Continuous layoffs; in the form of stealth layoffs, straight out layoffs and people being pushed out
    -The go to solution for all of the company's problems involves getting rid of people, not reduced profits or new products
    -Reacting to new work involves hiring many people for 1 or 2 new projects only to have to lay people off when the projects are completed
    -I only remember one occasion where "big" sales were tied to decisions made by management, all the other sales booms were related to natural disasters or situations beyond managements control
    -At least 2 employees have had stress related heart attacks sitting in their cubicles
    -Disorganized management would walk around with the words PIP (performance improvement plans, 30-60-90 day plans) in big bold letters on their notepads for everyone to see (probably out of carelessness), announcing confidential matters that could enrage employees and provoke dangerous situations
    -Take a very close look at the job descriptions, besides the poor english and the unheard of or explained acronyms, isn't it obvious that something is wrong with this place? How can one person be expected to be a detailed component designer, a system level designer, a project manager, an expert on several CAD packages, a manufacturing engineer, manage outsourced engineering firms, travel for business, mentor younger engineers, prepare reports for senior management, on and on, unrealistic expectations coupled with the lack of vision and the naivety of upper management is their ongoing formula for failure
    -A culture of aggression and of "ratting" each other out is promoted and encouraged, do you really want to work like this?
    -A parroquial sense of life pervades most of the aspects of work-life at Veeco, this is a thick veil for a well concealed racism/sexim that's imbued in their work culture

    Advice to Management

    -Understand what projects and technologies you should focus on, not by getting feedback from marketing, but by understanding general market conditions
    -Stop hiring on a project by project basis, bring in local consultants, pay them, you're paying big money anyway, in severance packages and relocation expenses
    -Consolidate operations
    -Stop promoting a culture of aggression and dog eats dog, many of you think and feel that this works, look at the big picture, it doesn't work


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Volatile Industry makes it hard here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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