Employee Spotlight

John Roberts
Director of Advanced Technology

“I don’t have a typical day…”

Why work at Cree?

We need problem-solvers, unconventional thinkers and impassioned doers who can drive rapid change by creating solutions that out-perform anything that has come before. Our people see opportunities others can't and pursue them relentlessly.


1 You’ll work alongside brilliance

Relentless innovation is in our DNA.  It is why we don’t stop at good.  It’s why we strive for better.  We are a leader in LED and lighting technology, as reflected by our 4000+ patents.  We are always looking for new ways to leverage our potential and create the future.  Join us and challenge yourself.

2 Earth can use your help

Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and making energy-wasting traditional lighting technologies obsolete through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting.

3 Leading from the front

Our focus is on innovation. Each day we’re disputing assumptions, questioning “accepted” theory and bulldozing through technological barriers.  If you crave a fast-paced innovative creative environment, this is the place for you.

4 If you find red tape offensive

Bureaucracy and dogmatic thinking are not in our our company culture. We think fast, act fast and innovate fast.

5 It’s a rapid growth environment

As a company of high achievers, we recognize achievement and reward it with more opportunity. At Cree, you can be part of a team creating the future of lighting, while rapidly developing your own career and skills.

6 A place for passion

At Cree we work diligently to identify and hire only those people who are profoundly passionate about their work. Once hired, we ask our employees to solve real problems. We push them to think unconventionally, to take ownership, to push their limits and to encourage their teammates to overachieve. If you join us prepare to innovate.

Total Rewards

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

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Cree employees may purchase Cree stock at a 15% discount though pre-tax payroll deductions.  Smart investing at its finest.



401(K) retirement saving plans available, with a company match.  Helping you plan for your future while we create that future together. 

Quarterly Bonus


When the company meets its financial goals, many employees directly benefit from the profits.  We succeed together.

Performance Based Compensation

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Cree rewards performance. Do great work and maximize your potential.

Training and Development


We constantly strive to learn. We offer a variety of training and growth opportunities through onsite and offsite classes to support your development.

Health Benefits


We offer a variety of options for Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA/FSA, Life Insurance, Disability and much more. We got you covered. 

Employee Assistance Programs


Cree funds programs that provide financial and legal assistance, confidential counseling, childcare support, disability, life insurance and much more.

Educational Assistance


We reimburse eligible employees for job and company-related educational courses up to $5,250 a year.  Investing in you and your future.

9 Paid Holidays


We have paid holidays. Enough said.


Onsite Café (Durham)


We are proud to have on-site an award-winning company café offering a variety of subsidized breakfast and lunch choices daily.

Referral Bonus


You are eligible for a bonus if you refer a successful candidate.  Help us make the team even stronger and reap the rewards.

Wellness Program/Onsite Fitness Center


Onsite fitness center for you, your spouse, and dependents (age 16-22). Wellness programs to help you achieve your fitness goals.

How We Hire

To Job Applicants at Cree - Our Commitment to You:

We recognize that searching, applying, and interviewing for a new career is an important and often time-consuming undertaking, one that takes effort, focus, and persistence. We appreciate your interest in Cree and believe in a smooth, efficient, and transparent process for all candidates.

Cree has one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry. We think that's at least partly because we're thoughtful about considering skills, experience, passion, and culture fit in making every employment decision. Certainly, it is important for you as an applicant to set your own criteria and ensure that Cree is also a good fit for you.

To promote a positive candidate experience, we offer the following guidelines and information.