Pros: great work schedule especially for college student like me
When I worked at Anadigics, it was indeed a great place to work as well. My work schedule was a 12-hour shift from 6 pm-6 am with a 3 day work week and 4 day work every other week. I loved that schedule so much, because I had more time for school and also enough time to learn on job.
I learnt a lot in semi-conductor industry in wafer processing starting from beginning till finish. I started as a wafer operator which is where I was involved in some stages of the 6 inch wafer production in the area of wet-etch,dry-etch, photo resist application, critical inspection, BCB application, Alignment and exposure,Oven cure, Plasma etching, and later became a process technician. As a process technician, I worked with the process engineer for critical inspection of different strange appearance on some wafers, correctional measure writing new recipe and updating the existing recipe for better productivity and efficiency.
The management team was good,and moving well until the Fall of 2008 when the production quality started to reduce drastically which led to the loss of contracts with some major client of the company. The quality issue was majorly due to the management to produce excessive quantity at the detriment of the quality factor in production. Even though engineering and the technical team at all levels were highly dedicated and supported each other to the best of their ability,I loved every one I worked with.
The hardest part of my job was when I see lot of wafer being scrapped for one quality issue or the other which still boils down to the high productive with low quality that the company was trying to push out. The other hardest part was when the company had to start laying off employees due to the loss of contractors. Apart from that, I enjoyed my job at Anadigics.