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Freescale Semiconductor Reviews

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

  • Flexible work schedule for salaried employees, depending on manager (in 35 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Corporate version of "Survivor"

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    Former Employee - Management in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Management in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, and the company is starting to pay bonuses again. Greg Lowe is a strong leader and brought in a strong management team (with some exceptions) and seems to have ended the "horizon inversion" over the past 10+ years (where senior executives had quarterly view and employees had a long term view).

    Cons

    Still has the Warring tribes and Silo mentality from the Motorola Semiconductor days. Shrinking sales (half of 2000 levels) and large debt load lead to low investment and routine layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Freescale Chandler Fab, work hard and get no recognition.

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    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    I get a paycheck every two weeks.

    Cons

    Very stressful work and almost always understaffed. Every shift does things different and complains about each other. Very poor business practices. The engineering group is useless, 75% of the engineers could be fired and the place would be fine. There is too much Motorola dead weight. Most of the stress is related to the engineering group not understanding or doing their job. Engineering shows up to collect a check, not to make anyone's job easier. I can't wait to find a new job. I have been working in this hellish nightmare for 5 years and want out badly. Only work at freescale if you are collecting a check. You will not find any future working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't care about education or how hard you work. They are old Motorola and have a good old boy network. Management moves people up if they like you and you do everything they say. I have a BS and an MS degree and management promotes people that have neither. It is like the old saying " it's not what you know, but who you know". That is how Freescale operates. Management needs to make serious changes. Many employees feel the same way, but are to scared to voice their opinion. The freescale way is reactive and not proactive. The past 5 years of my working career have been a waste, I can't wait to find a new job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Went from a good to horrible place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, and some good people to work with.

    Cons

    No work life balance, was once a collaborative group and team and became a place where people complained to anyone who listened instead of facing the issue head on; team work is no where to be found. People don't appreciate the work that is done; no one says thank you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management, both within the businesses as well as the Human Resources Department (who really run the business), needs to learn to say thank you to the ranks for the work that they do; promote an open and direct line of communication; and hire Human Resources personnel who are knowledgeable, know how to manage and who can keep information confidential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Top Heavy Managerment

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    Current Employee - Equipment Technician in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Equipment Technician in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    A Lot of Senior People

    Cons

    Staff on the Fab floor is too light.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to reduce headcount in the office area and increase Fab head count. Reduce the amount of meetings per day. Not value added.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10.  

    Freescale Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    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

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