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ON Semiconductor Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
130 Reviews
3.2
130 Reviews
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ON Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Keith D. Jackson
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68 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on role work/life balance is pretty good (few people put in more work than they have to) (in 9 reviews)

  • Good people to work with in engineering (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • politics, intimidation, humiliation as motivation, old boy network (in 4 reviews)

  • not much support from upper management, they are afraid to spend money (in 4 reviews)

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    ON Semiconductor Corp. - a semiconductor industry survivor . . .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are OK, and when business is good the bonuses can be nice. The company is astutely managed from a financial engineering point of view, since it has handled its long term corporate debt while at the same time acquired smaller competitors with time. The manufacturing side of the company is generally pretty efficient, and so the company will likely continue its strategy of debt reduction, and external acquisitions, in order to keep its manufacturing lines busy, which after a decade of independence from Motorola, is what management has proven it knows well.

    Cons

    The variability of the consumer/commodity cyclical semiconductor market makes for difficult long-term planning. The company is a conglomeration of other companies purchased over the years, which makes internal communication harder due to a lack of standardization of software, systems, or business processes, so it can sometimes feel like a collection of independent silos. The global nature of the company is challenging, which sometimes makes for odd hours and communications issues due to distance and cultural differences. The size of the long-term corporate debt, can prompt the company to made sudden changes, with little warning to employees affected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for internal company growth would be good, with bigger budgets for new products and R&D, will help motivate and retain current talent, as opposed to focusing managements efforts on cost reductions and buying market share through external acquisitions. Tuition reimbursements, or budgets for seminars or conferences to keep current with technology, would help employees keep up to date. Cross-training opportunities, or mentoring, would be a plus for employee development as well. One-time bonuses as part of pay-for-performance are not nearly as effective a long-term motivator as would be a few leadership goals to focus employees (and customers) on a unifying message, like 'analog power leader' or something similar. Focusing on new markets, new products, new technology, is usually more of an inspiration to the general rank-and-file than some money for meeting metrics, time and again. But as always, concrete actions over time, will speak louder than any future words or slogans, to inspire the troops.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Okay place to work, not too stressful or exciting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    1) Good work-life balance. Lots of former Motorola engineers who are used to working 40 hour weeks
    2) Decent pay
    3) Benefits are okay. Getting time off is easy.

    Cons

    1) Performance review process is terrible. There are yearly reviews, but they don't mean anything. They don't really change your compensation and everyone ends up getting the same raise.
    2) Management received a big raise the same year that all employees were told there wouldn't be any raises.
    3) Stock hasn't moved in a long time. Not worth buying the stock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employees. Do not take big stock options, bonuses, and pay raises when the rest of the employees have to take pay cuts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, but treated as a number.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in American Fork, UT
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in American Fork, UT

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    The design work in the Custom and Foundry Products (former AMIS) is interesting and rewarding. There are always new projects coming down the pipe, so designers get to shift gears regularly and develop circuits for different applications. Project leads and immediate supervisors are very understanding about spending time with family, etc. (i.e. having a life outside of work!)

    Cons

    After the AMIS aquisition, it really seems that upper management does not care much at all about the employees. Things are done "for the good of the company," which I suppose ultimately means good for the employee (insofar as it creates job stability), but it's hard to be excited working for a company that pinches pennies so tightly. The ON "entity" doesn't seem to care about the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the resources to lower-level managers to reward employees, set incentives, and give reasonable raises.

    Don't make press releases that may cause the stock to drop in the two-week ESPP interim before employees can sell.

    ON has been represented as a "performance-based" company. However, the only bonuses and pay-cuts I've seen have been company-wide. Reward the performers!

    Disapproves of CEO
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    On Semiconductor is a good place to work at, but not a great one.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    A good place to quickly accumulate experiences by exposing yourself towards a wide variety of semiconductor packages and technologies, albeit most are well established and do not represent the forefront of technical innovations; most people, engineers and technicians, work their 8 hours a day with solid output; it's rare to see more than a few who are willing to work longer than 8 hours a day due to lack of incentives to do so; On Semiconductor is growing amid rising raw materials cost and lowering market demands, thanks to the relentless cost-saving measures which some viewed as negative and some viewed as positive.

    Cons

    ON Semiconductor heavily relies upon volume and low cost to generate revenue and profits; most people can understand the pressure to get quarter-to-quarter results however in the long run, the company may find itself squeezed to push the costs any lower; significant differences between different groups/BU, as some maintain and encourage positive working environments while others have to silently accept the negativity that's rampant at the workplace. So it's not rare to see some people working real hard while not being recognized accordingly, while others who are not producing much solid work getting rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your strong performers and loyal employees; do not start doing so only after you see people leaving because then it will be too late;
    Implement a performance-based workforce consolidation - let go of those low performers and bring in new blood to cultivate strongly motivated working atmosphere

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    laid off

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    really smart and experienced mentors

    Cons

    I was laid off the culture was engaging .

  7.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Seremban (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Seremban (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation package. People are friendly to work with

    Cons

    A bit lay back in term of working culture.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Supply Chain Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

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

    Pros

    Doing good with people all around the world within ON Semi's networks

    Cons

    Salary is not as good as what people expected

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fairly Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Carmona, Province of Cavite (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Carmona, Province of Cavite (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, open communication, fairly good management and a family like company...

    Cons

    Cost savings, layoffs, to much pressure to complete high level projects...To many things wanted to be achieved at a limited time and bandwidth...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to focus on priorities... Methodical way of planning projects, some projects are not known to senior management... To much things running, In this case need to prioritize.

  10.  

    An excellent work environment that keeps you learning and challenged, but poor corporate culture hampers motivation.

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

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work, and there's always something new to learn. Keeps you challenged.

    Cons

    Very poor corporate culture. Get an obvious sense that the company doesn't care too much about the employees, only the shareholders and making profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion, employees are what make up the heart of the system. If it's not fed well, it will start to deteriorate, just like our bodies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    On semi power mgmt leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    Good training ground for engineers

    Cons

    Significant upper mgmt change recently, hopefully it is for the better

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