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Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Barbara, CA (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA (US)

I have been working at Veeco Instruments

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    A soul crushing company with a quarter by quarter business plan

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    Former Employee - Engineering Director  in  Somerset, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Somerset, NJ (US)

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not the worst employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, vacation and benefits. Working with people creating amazing technology.

    Cons

    Upper management seems overly concerned with the shareholders and market perceptions. A truly successful company would make them happier. Need the courage and finding to complete new projects in a timely manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finish what you start. You have great people willing for you who love what they do and would give you amazing products if allowed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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