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FormFactor Reviews

Updated 2 February 2015
Updated 2 February 2015
38 Reviews
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38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Simple and friendly work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    you only need to do you job well, don't need to worry about others.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is not so challenging.

  2.  

    Good working environment, co-workers are very friendly, and everybody worked very hard for the project

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Livermore, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Livermore, CA (US)

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    a very good work-life balance, however, when the perks comes, I worked till 11pm in order to catch the deadline. Overall good working environment. Good leadership from the above.

    Cons

    benefits are kinda average. office culture is ok, from my experience, no much office politics, and everyone just trying to make the project work and make profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention in details

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great environment for an entry level mechanical engineer. Need management shake-up or tear-down.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA (US)

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a great environment for an entry level mechanical engineer or ME with 3-5 years of experience in the electronics industry. Mechanical designs are done in-house and production is on site. It's great to see one of my designs go from CAD drawings and solid models to finished products within a few days to weeks. The complexity of the probe card industry has increased over the last ten years that I worked at FF. This bodes well since FF is at the leading edge of the probe card technology.

    Cons

    The pay is below average for the probe card manufacturer even though the company is within the top ten in the industry. Management ranges from "great-to-work-with" to "stay-the-heck-away-from" to "can't-do-my-job-unless-I-play-by-their-rules." Vacation and sick is satisfactory ever since paid-time-off became the norm. The recent merger with MicroProbe (in Carlsbad) introduced longer working hours (which is bad for those who are salaried). Bonus pay has been lousy for the lower level employees, but great for managers and higher-ups (which has caused much consternation among the proles). Not much room to move up (promotions are nearly non-existent). Pay raises are low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers need serious training on how to deal with their subordinate employees in a respectful and diplomatic manner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast paced environment: play politics well or have very high competency. Silicon Valley norm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible systems within manufacturing, transparency to learn from very talented individuals, collaborative environment, work-life balance is great compared to global companies, and compensation is reflective of your ability to negotiate.

    Cons

    Find your HS clique. Overtime may be tough for production individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tactical individuals may understand needs better than strategic individuals, as is the corporate norm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good people there!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Love the reverse commute from Fremont!

    Cons

    Company not doing very well, tough business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Satisfied

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    Former Employee - CAD Software Development Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)
    Former Employee - CAD Software Development Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Independent
    New Projects are easy to start without much management hassle

    Cons

    Slow Culture
    No Checks on Work done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Politically Charged Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA (US)

    I worked at FormFactor full-time

    Pros

    Cool technology. Good equipment and process capabilities.

    Cons

    Products are out of step with market needs. Lots of silos that don't work together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Limited opportunity at FormFactor

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    Former Employee - Director in Livermore, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Livermore, CA (US)

    I worked at FormFactor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented, intelligent employees who have an established track record of success

    Cons

    Although a quality product and talented leadership , the growth of the company has been limited due to underlying costs of operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce cost of operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Niche market for Probe card technology

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Continuous learning from different process is limitless! Challenging! Nice gym!

    Cons

    Not profitable 3 years in a row, continue to downsize and cost reduction. Uncertain. Support 24/7 and weekends. Stress level is high.Politicking is huge.Good working employees have been laid off or resign. No loyalty and does not protect good employees. If your good in 'talking' and presenting and NOT working it's a good place to be, just need to jump in on every email thread and talk the talk but not walk the walk this is a good place to be...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of floating Directors, Staff Engineers and Senior Principals that need to streamlines and who really does NOT go in the line or inside Fab. Not deserving of the salaries in regards with their outputs.Need to flash out the employees that every time in the PC and nothing to give to the company...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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