Fairchild Semiconductor

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Fairchild Semiconductor Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
106 Reviews
2.8
106 Reviews
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Fairchild Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Mark S. Thompson
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Review Highlights

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

  • The company as a whole has many great people to work beside (internal and external) (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There are many stories of upper management having "walls' between them and baseline employees (in 8 reviews)

  • Life in semiconductors is like a roller coaster, lots of ups and downs with no steady periods (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place for Electrical Engineers and Computer Engineers in Maine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Portland, ME

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Relaxed work place
    - Many good managers with engineering background
    - Willing to provide training and enrichment
    - Free Coffee, good cafeteria

    Cons

    - Company goals/strategy were a moving target
    - Resistance to change to new software tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to settle on a market segment and stick with it. I also found there was a disconnect between the strategy level and implementation level. Need to open up those lines of communication and be willing to listen, explain, and discuss.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent family oriented company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Layout Engineer in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Senior Layout Engineer in South Portland, ME

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairchild works to balance work and family while incorporating company loyalty.

    Cons

    As with any Semiconductor company the cyclical nature of the industry, more proactive response is needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training of appropriate individuals to have a long term outlook for the company and not be reactive, but rather
    be proactive with how the semiconductor business is doing globally, that is say look for oppurtunities to outpace competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best place to work ever!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best place to work ever!

    Cons

    no cons working here. enjoy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great company to work for if you can handle the boom and bust nature of the semiconductor industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in South Portland, ME

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor

    Pros

    Fairchild allows for a good work/life balance with managers being flexible with hours and schedules to accomodate outside work activities. Most people enjoy working there and due to several rounds of layoffs there are almost no bad attitude employees remaining. Everyone is easy to get along with and the work is fast paced and challenging.

    Cons

    Due to the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry, periodic layoffs, shutdowns, furloughs etc. seem to come on an every 2-3 year cycle. Due to the low rate of turnover there are not a lot of opportunities for career advancement that become available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management at times is too involved in the day to day operations. Step back and work on the big picture and allow the front line workers to do their job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good and relation between employees and management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Oulu (Finland)
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Oulu (Finland)

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good business for all industries

    Cons

    some project were not feasible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the good motivation to employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Test Enginner

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor

    Pros

    more comfortable, the relationship is very well.

    Cons

    salary is lower, and the production is less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hope much more salary.

  8.  

    This is the longest serving company I have had...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have great colleagues here...

    Cons

    It is far from my home..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nothing compares to the medical and other benefits in FSC.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics
    Current Employee - Logistics

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You'll be given equal attention in the management and you can freely share your thoughts and ideas to improve FSC's management.

    Cons

    You can't please everybody in a company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor

    Pros

    Great Company very talented staff

    Cons

    I loved working here identified no cons in this regard

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