FormFactor Reviews

Updated 11 September 2014
Updated 11 September 2014
34 Reviews
3.2
34 Reviews
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FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis
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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    Overall ok, need better strategic direction from management to direct the hardwork to meaningful results

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Independence and flexibility to work, opportunity to be involved in multiple areas, lot on learning in a quick time and more challenges

    Cons

    Good work not always gets credit, politics and finger pointing increased over years, used to have many good people, but mostly have left, talking skills dominate over actual output in career growth. Too many layoffs and company not making profit for last 5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better focus of goals from management and better channeling of efforts and appreciate good work on merit basis. The bureaucracy needs to be reduced. Business model needs to be reassessed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Business is dying a slow death. Just burning cash.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Livermore, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Livermore, CA (US)

    I worked at FormFactor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location for those living out in East Bay/Tri-Valley, nice area. Lots of good people but most have already left.

    Cons

    The company is permanently in downsizing mode. Management needs to realize they can't create demand for something that the industry doesn't need. It had a great run but needs to re-size the business, change strategy, go private. The recession really killed this place. Doing more with less. Everyone wears many hats

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the company private.

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

    Company may not be in business much longer. Just OK.

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    One of the few high tech companies in the East Bay. Decent pay and benefits, however these are slowly being taken away due to the company not being profitable. Still some very good folks working there.

    Cons

    Poor management - they do not value long term employees and the skills they bring. Company has not been profitable for several years and it is an impact on company morale. There have been about 7 or 8 layoff's in the past 5 years. Jobs are not very secure as the company is always restructuring. Overtime is only paid after 10 hours for manufacturing personnel. Very poor engineering support of the manufacturing line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many senior level managers. Layoff's always affect manufacturing and engineering. It would be better to keep the more senior manufacturing people than to bring in new folks and layoff the ones who have helped to build the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Company is not making profit

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer  in  Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Managers are good, busy most of the time

    Cons

    Company does not know how to make profit, low salary for post 2009 hires, <5K bonus even on offer letter they say 17%, no RSU, stocks are stagnant in past 2 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    know how to make profit and how to treat the cream engineers in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    learning a new trade

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

    I worked at FormFactor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good conditions,matching 401k and cafeteria

    Cons

    long hours, need to change to 3 shift(24/7 production)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more skilled people with technical bcakrounds

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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