ON Semiconductor Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Growth oriented company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    They are willing to invest in employee education. They are growing by acquisition. Atmosphere is somewhat informal and flexible. Finance department has done a terrific job of managing post-Motorola spin-off debt burden. Sales Leadership has typically been very positive with a 'can-do' attitude. They are a strong player in the discrete markets.

    Cons

    Rating and ranking system of 360 degree reviews can be very political.
    Somewhat regular waves of layoffs and frequent re-organizations-very demoralizing.
    Not uncommon for frequent job (lateral) changes do to frequent re-orgs. This can make it difficult to see strategic work through to completion (we all want to feel we accomplished something).
    SVP of HR manages upward and is rarely seen meeting with employees below leadership level positions (C-level, VPs and directors).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide some stability to employees. Don't re-organize so frequently. It rarely fixes much and mostly makes it look like you have no better strategic ideas and feel obligated to make some kind of change.

    Have Senior HR get to know employees. Have HR take a more active and positive role in strategy. When people see HR in their area they expect surprise layoffs, this is very demoralizing and not a necessary image. They can do so much more if they are empowered to act as 'organizational development' instead of headcount management. Focus on career development.

    Break down the silos between departments. Show the people that what's best for the company is what needs to be done instead of allowing people to protect their 'turf'. Don't punish people for doing this. People do what you financially motivate them to do. Beware of unintended consequences of well intentioned initiatives.

    Overall, you have done a terrific job of turning around a company that almost didn't survive. Build a culture from that.

    Keith Jackson and Don Colvin have steered the company through some difficult times and established a vision for turnaround and growth. Keith appears a bit introverted for a CEO. Get to know your marketers, sales people, apps people, etc. below the division leadership management. Find out what they need to succeed. You're capable of break-out performance.

    Approves of CEO
  2. Solid place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    Well run, steady growth and improvement in products. Good work-life balance. Lots of flexibility to create your own job and take on new responsibilities. Keith Jackson is a great evolutionary CEO who likes to make good incremental improvements in the company and is pursuing growth through acquisition.

    Cons

    Lack of cutting-edge products, long development times, there can be a lot of office politics, especially in Phoenix. The company is relatively cheap with expenditures and forced vacation and salary cuts are very common. (This could be a positive for shareholders, not so much for employees.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide substantial monetary incentives to each employee in the product development chain to lower the average cycle time of their part of the design cycle.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer
    Former Employee - Process Engineer

    I worked at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    Lower stress and pressure than many other places. The people there are pleasant to work with and engineers all work shift 1.

    Cons

    Low growth, and it's in the middle of nowhere (which isn't for everyone, but I guess some people like that kind of thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that management did a pretty good job actually. I didn't really have any complaints about that aspect of things.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great people to work with!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    The people; the culture. Very friendly and customer service oriented.

    Cons

    Work expectations may vary greatly from what was discussed at job interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give the wrong people too much authority over others; especially if they are not qualified.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good place to work if you just want an 8-5 job

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    Not too big, not too small

    Cons

    Politics is rampant in the workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to promote a culture of accountability

    Approves of CEO
  7. Good working atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor

    Pros

    Supportive team; Good work culture; Strong ethics; Flexible working hours;

    Cons

    Long hours; Medical benefits could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. One of my best Co-op terms

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    Current Intern - DSP Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - DSP Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People and environment are great, and I was well compensated. The sound room was a lot of fun!

    Cons

    Its unfortunate that the CS department was let go while I was there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Digital Design Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Digital Design Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at ON Semiconductor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great manager and team, good product line.

    Cons

    No cons except salary is average.

    Recommends
  10. Outstanding work environment

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Engineer

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The place offers excellent working environment with a lot of opportunities to learn from your colleagues and plenty of challenges. A lot of high quality interaction with the management makes working here a pleasure.

    Cons

    Perks and privileges are average which is not good enough if you are trying to attract top talent. Not enough appraisal from very high management on the hard work done at the group, many things taken for granted. Company is crippled by Unions that do not allow to differentiate between hard workers and not so hard workers. Not many chances for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR philosophy needs to be changed. Better perks and privilege are needed to retain and attract top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Senior Product Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Oudenaarde (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Oudenaarde (Belgium)

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

    Pros

    Job variety. Different areas of interest going from design participation, program management participation, cost reduction participation, test engineering.

    Cons

    Large paperwork and support involved in the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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