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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated May 30, 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 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. "Ok Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Somerset, NJ

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

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation and flexible hours

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, weak technical development, no technical challenges

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management layers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Salary but minimal learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Level I in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Level I in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average salary, some of the folks are very intellectual and amazing teachers!

    Cons

    Very Political
    Even though there are very smart people working with you, everyone holds their knowledge so you're learning curve is pretty flat.
    There is no training program for a new hiree, and way too many contractors and they hold their knowledge so very difficult to learn
    Repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. "veeco has alright bonus and benefit."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Somerset, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    bonus can be nice when it is profitable

    Cons

    there is no growth path

    Advice to Management

    hire fewer VPs


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Approaching 10 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Plainview, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Veeco is proactive about employee development. The markets they serve are high growth markets with fascinating consumer implications. Teams and departments work closely together to achieve company goals.

    Cons

    Cyclical business makes the downturns tough to handle but company is continuously improving and actively looking to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Communication from the senior level executives to all employees is essential.


  5. "great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was at Veeco for 5 years and had a terrific experience -- people very cooperative and team oriented - senior management and leaders work hard and reward performance - fast paced technology space where new ideas thrived -- strong culture of execution

    Cons

    not enough time or money spent on communications - global company with many cultures to manage and connect

    Advice to Management

    push more communications support for strong alignment to match the great work ethic and cooperative spirit


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Needs a new CEO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Process Development Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Process Development Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High tech company with a lot of problems.

    Cons

    Too political and do not care of people

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  8. Helpful (4)

    "High-tech company with decent culture and good compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Director in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Director in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology. Dynamic market. High level professionals. World leader in AFM. Wide variety of other technologies: film deposition, epitaxy, optical and AFM metrology. Clear business and industry orientation.

    Cons

    Not that many Cons. May be a bit too much politics where it should not be. Sometimes unclear distribution of duties and chain of comand.

    Advice to Management

    I guess a bit more transparency in decision making and less politics will be beneficial for the company.


  9. Helpful (5)

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

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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A good experience and slack life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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