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Greta place to live; is there a better place to work?

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

I have been working at Veeco Instruments

Pros

Great technology; great location. Super people

Cons

Layoffs, constantly changing priorities. Senior management are not familiar with basic technology

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Too many projects are being planned. Cut back and be more realistic

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    Looking at Veeco? Keep looking.

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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
  2.  

    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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