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Freescale Semiconductor Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
617 Reviews
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Pros
  • In most sitesorganizations managers were very flexible in terms of telecommuting, work-life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • Smart people, creating cutting edge technologies in a great work environment (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Global company, you work 24 hours a day and weekends; no work life balance," (in 16 reviews) (in 18 reviews)

  • It lacks senior management decision oriented approach (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salesmen don't care about progress creators

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    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can't get the jon anywhere else.

    Cons

    No good health insurance and year after year getting worse The same insurance AETNA: now compare Costco vs. Freescale Semi. and you will se who cares to retain and hire valuable employees.
    Pitiful contribution to 401(k).
    Shameful PTO - try to get into problems with family health - you are disposable for them.
    Regrettably - new CEO (in his core - a salesman) has no clue how scientists and cerebral people work - he ordered firing of people who do tele-commuting and talks I=with disrespect about those who must telecommute because they are forced to work 24/24 hrs with teleconferences and meetings around the globe.
    Current CEo has no proper regard for higher education - he thinks he is the proof that salesman are beat doctorates.
    Freescale is not paying for professional development or education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start appreciating people who make Freescale - the salesmen are only important when you have substandard product to sell. The customers of Freescale (particularly those from Europe) are not idiots - they actually dislike salesman.
    Start paying better, start sharing the income. The shareholders are not making this company - they just use it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented people to work with, but extremely overworked

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Freescale Semiconductor, learning a lot about processor technology. The hours were flexible (since they were almost unlimited anyway). The salary and benefits were competitive.

    Cons

    Due to severe competitive pressures, the company kept cutting the workforce. Everyone was overloaded with work, and performing functions well beyond what they originally may have planned to do (e.g. systems engineers became tactical marketers performing pricing while still doing their systems work!)
    Overloaded with work would be an understatement. I was constantly logged in on evenings and weekends as there was just too much work to do with too few people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A storied company that lost its way

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, independence, wide range of activities, experiences, good facilities, workout room, campus

    Cons

    Compensation, constant re-orgs, change in strategy, management, an onerous debt that was taken on to fund an outrageous LBO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredibly frustrating

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    Former Employee - Pee-On in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Pee-On in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Really good people that care about the company and the customer. PTO was generous, in general everybody was courteous and friendly.

    Cons

    The salary was not even close to what the market offers, the benefits cost the employee plenty, incredibly inept middle management, the mountain of debt stifles innovation (organic, or inability to acquire), the "senior management team" were VERY well compensated via salary and equity then leave a few years later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have no credibility, you need to listen to what folks are saying and put in place initiatives and plans that prove that you really care about the company and the people. Lead, don't manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Freescale Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    international exposure was great experience

    Cons

    unrealistic workload, not sustainable by one person

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Too structured!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Today, the company is really structured for fresh-outs. A fresh-out will learn a lot

    Cons

    Project Management has been instituted to the point that free thinking is pretty much not allowed. You must follow the "process" without differing, or suffer the consequences. An experienced engineer will be frustrated. Promotions are hard to come by. Many jobs have been moved overseas (China).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many dead-end jobs have been created in the last 10 years, through consolidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Do not create anymore

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big budgets for equipment
    Talented people to work with.
    Good weather.
    Excellent time off and very little requirements to get anything done.

    Cons

    They are chasing the competition instead of inventing new products.
    They do not know anything about software, but they think they do.
    They are terrible at providing customer support.
    They use legal devices to try and defeat the competition instead of competing honestly.
    Management is very very very bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to sell software that you don't know anything about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, little reward

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat competitive salaries, good benefits

    Cons

    No bonus, no raise, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We got our first bonus in 2 years and it was a joke. I'm a high performer C5 employee, this "bonus" doesn't cut it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sales Support

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Great products, and great customers

    Cons

    No direction from leadership and lack of new products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better sales and marketing alignment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    slow dying company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    vacation package is good, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Need to flush out most of the mid-level manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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