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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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    High-tech company with decent culture and good compensation

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Director in Santa Barbara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Director in Santa Barbara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lighting the world with technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working on some of the most important technologies in todays clean energy driven world.

    Cons

    sometimes working at the bleeding edge requires courage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out in front of the team more often to share perspective and future growth opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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