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Updated Jul 18, 2014

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3.1 84 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

Fairchild Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Mark S. Thompson

Mark S. Thompson

(51 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working conditions, pay and benefits(in 5 reviews)

  • Worked with great people many of them with the company 15(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • There are many stories of upper management having "walls' between them and baseline employees(in 4 reviews)

  • Management is encouraging office politics(in 3 reviews)

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    The Power to Amaze? Not! Show me the products!

    Senior Director of Development (Former Employee) South Portland, ME

    ProsGood based technology. A few excellent technologists still remain but many have been replaced with inferior "yes men" that have been hand picked by a micro managing COO.

    ConsThe new COO and his executive staff have created a culture of fear and dis-trust. If you challenge a strategy or their point of view and don't blindly agree with whatever they roll out you are a marked man.

    The new COO talks about all the right stuff and paints a positive vision and strategy that you can get on-board with but his actions are completely opposite.

    They've spent more time and money on re-branding and re-decorating than on technology and products. Very sad, the Board of Directors should be ashamed of this situation. Stockholders would be disgusted if they knew what's really going on inside the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to implement a west coast super cool culture. Get back to basics, build a culture based on trust and empowerment. Focus on semiconductor technology and the possibilities that technology can enable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    a company trying to re-invent itself

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosmanagement acknowledges that the company needs to change for the future

    Consno solid plan for execution of strategy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Execs are super conservative - not a next gen company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosthe execs try to keep employees motivated with events and new office structuring and re-orgs. A good [percentage of the employees are highly motivated. Good for employees expecting low stress environment.

    ConsThe execs are super conservative.TOO much politics within the organization. Not a high growth next generation firm which is why they loose their high performers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Death spiral

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) South Portland, ME

    ProsGood people
    Compensation and vacation
    tools exist to be successful if management gets out of the way

    ConsManagement, accountability, desire to do the right thing, no work - people balance exists

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the layers of middle management and enable the teams to take responsibility and be innovative. Stop making the me too products.
    Hold people accountable for their incompetence.
    Too often being the company is rewarded at the detriment of others.
    Make decisions based on business proposition.
    Stop the slow death that you are inflicting, create a vision, make a change, and move on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not bad of a company for people who just want a job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood IT support, you get to have the latest smartphones. For people who just need a job to pay bills this place is not bad

    ConsNot a place for people who have career goal because managers do not spend time or do not care for subordinates's career development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Base level workers treated Like garbage.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) West Jordan, UT

    Prosit's not quite minimum wage. good enough if you are single or don't have kids.

    Conslower pay than many other manufacturing jobs. Yearly feedback graded on a curve so only a couple people get any kind of raise. Daily kick in the teeth when you walk in past high end sports cars of the desk jobs and constant emails about how much the top guys were giving to horse charity, when many of us were on food stamps and still strugling to pay rent. All our vacation was spent on shutdowns and manditoy monthly time off minimums at the start of the fiscal year. Factory layout was haphazard "stick it where you can fit it".

    Advice to Senior Managementmore time needs to be spent on how decisions will affect the future rather than right this moment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Who do they want to be when they grow up?

    Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsPays well. Benefits are very good.

    ConsTo much about politics and making a name. They have forgotten about the customer. Have even has to pay Stanford to teach them about customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCustomers make you and customers break you. Fairchild has forgotten about the customer and only focuses on what makes management look good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working with variation and uncertain

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsCan enjoy the balance life if you're staying at a safe corner.

    ConsHigh management changing frequently, so the company value and strategy couldn't last long therefore confuse employee. You would never know what you have done something right today could turn to wrong someday. A lot of good employees are leaving or forced to leave the company for unknown reason.
    Management & communication need to improve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBack to the basic, establish the trust between employee and management, treat employee with honest and repect. Coaching, leading, communicating, cultivating & listening.

    you can change the uniform, you can change the player, you can change the tactic,
    but if the culture is not to be changing, nothing turn out different eventually.
    and you are leading the culture but not anyone else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Staff Engineer

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee) Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    ProsGood working culture , good team work and good knowledge and technical sharing in year 2011 until Oct 2012.

    ConsBad culture , work like gangster and don't ownership start by end of year 2012. Not appreciated old and experience staff. Those staff get the president award in year 2011 also can charge under non performance staff and get dismissal.Really unfair treatment...

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate and value those old and experience staff. Work as team and not as gang. Provide better culture and working environmental with fair measurement for the staff and not age define the staff performance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Process Engineering group in West Jordan

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people throughout the plant who are willing to work very hard to accomplish tasks. Management may now understand how important their employees are to site success.

    ConsThe West Jordan Plant used to be a different place. We have lost a great deal of our knowledge base in all levels from operators through engineering/management. Very poor moral within the site. Very high attrition rate and very few opportunities for advancement even with education. The culture has changed completely and there is little to no risk taking anymore. This used to be a core value of our site. I have always enjoyed working here, but will begin looking elsewhere (just like many others recently).

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease work to retain talent, it is a big part of our success and has been for many years. Be more open about the plant direction and objectives. Bring back a cohesiveness that is now lacking and help to reduce the "fear" that permeates the ranks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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