Cascade Microtech
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www.cascademicrotech.com Beaverton, OR 150 to 499 Employees

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Cascade Microtech President, CEO, and Director Michael D. (Mike) Burger

Michael D. (Mike) Burger

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Left and Right hands don't know what the other is doing

Analyst (Former Employee)
Beaverton, OR (US)

I worked at Cascade Microtech full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWorker bees are friendly and strive to do the right thing. Being in Beaverton means not having to drive in downtown Portland traffic.

ConsManagement is clueless. The preverbal left and right hands don't know what the other is doing. Decisions are made without all the right information. Management doesn't listen to their employees. No raises in over nine years. Not everyone is treated the same. You see serious favoritism.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to your employees. They are the ones that are doing the work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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chaotic and "we've always done it this way"

Accountant (Former Employee)
Hillsboro, OR (US)

I worked at Cascade Microtech full-time for more than a year

ProsChallenging - if you like it. I did to some extend. I held as long as I though it was worth it, learned a lot.

ConsVery challenging due to old accounting system and old philosophy. Improvements were literally not possible due to a single employee bully. A lot of re-work, no SWIs, no support/communication from other departments. I hear that employee is still there so more of the same?

Advice to Senior Managementthink kaizen, people. it's time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A good experience on the way to the next career opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cascade Microtech full-time

ProsLower level employees are talented people who work hard to make the company successful. Work life balance is good, which sort of make up for the poor pay rate and benefits.

ConsMost positions at the company are dead end jobs. There are not really any opportunities for growth or advancement. There are a number of very talented and capable individuals that have been with the company for years doing basically the same thing and not advancing at all. The management is clueless and not supportive of those who do the real work. So many processes and systems used by the company are right out of the 80's. Every time the management makes the bad decisions which result in poor market performance, they lay off a bunch of employees to make up for it.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the constant restructuring nonsense, and pick a direction to move forward. You have great employees. Value them, and stop treating them like they are disposable.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I love it here

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

I have been working at Cascade Microtech

ProsThis is a little company on the way up. There is so much to do to help it grow that it is easy to have a big impact. I am also learning new things every day. The people are wonderful. There are no politics and there is a high level of trust.

ConsIf you want a company with really well defined processes and a lot of structure, this isn't the place for you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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For the most part...positive.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Beaverton, OR (US)

I have been working at Cascade Microtech

ProsThe employees are generally very 'team' oriented without some of the cut throat type of behavior at some bigger companies like Intel. Management really attempts to treat the people in their groups fairly and respectfully.

ConsDue to the present economic 'realities', pay has really not kept up to pace with where they should be relative to similar positions within the industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf Cascade wants to hang on to their most valuable people, management needs to seriously consider paying them fairly for the value that they bring to the company. Some very valuable people have already left to go work for companies that better compensate for their skills and talents. Also, the review process and the rewards (pay increases) that come from the review process needs to be consistently applied. I recieved an excellent review (in the high 80's percentile) and did not recieve a raise in pay where others did recieve a raise simply because they had not gotten one in a long time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Was a good place to work, not anymore.

Process Technician (Former Employee)
Beaverton, OR (US)

I worked at Cascade Microtech

ProsHaving a source of income is a good thing.

ConsLiving on unemployment income is way more favorable than this working for this company. Medical benefits were reduced year after year. Management is incompetent and unfair. At one point we were promised profit sharing but it never panned out. Everything is about bottom line. Sure, Cascade has a lot of cash and has faired pretty well during tech downturn but they wouldn't dare think of using any of it to make employees happy.

Advice to Senior ManagementRetain and keep the good managers. Don't fire them. Re-think the current management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Bad place to work across the board.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Beaverton, OR (US)

I worked at Cascade Microtech

ProsThese days any work is good to have. That is just about the most positive thing to say about this company.

ConsManagement is incompetent on many different levels, pay is far lower than industry standards, many benefits including school reimbursement and 401k have been removed and show no signs of coming back. Even through a recession you would think a company would at least appear to attempt to hold on to the people that hold the company afloat, but not this one. No one is happy and it really shows. Threatening to quit is the only way to get a raise or promotion. This is one of those companies that you will never hear anyone say anything positive about.

Advice to Senior ManagementAt least try to look like you care about people who work hard, and communicate with people on different levels, other than biased and often completely incompetent supervisors.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Was a great company - until they went public.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Cascade Microtech

ProsIn this economy, any job is good and there still is a good balance between work and home. There are some good people left that are helpful, however the really good people that have been with the company are leaving. If you are good at kissing up and not working you can actually go far in this company.

ConsPay is not competitive, insurance benefits have become miniscule. I completely disagree with previous posting about the HR being good - that is laughable. Good ol boy culture is prevalent, as is a CYA mentality.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to build the best product, you should stop out-sourcing. If you are looking to sell the company or division you better hurry up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, great culture, management improving

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Beaverton, OR (US)

I have been working at Cascade Microtech

ProsThe people are great and lower management really seems to care about their employees. Having a life is acceptable, and the environment is also a concern. The company regularly helps contribute to charity events with time and money and encourages employees to be a benefit to the community. The HR department is also great. The HR director is really trying but he's got a hard situation to handle.

ConsYou never know if you are going to be laid off and whether the company is doing well or not. It's not OK when you have no idea how things are going.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't lay people off without warning and let people know who left (gossip is a bad way to let people know what's going on). Let people know how the company is doing between quarters. The new CEO is doing better, though.

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