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STMicroelectronics Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
434 Reviews
3.3
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STMicroelectronics President and CEO Carlo Bozotti
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Pros
  • Very good working culture with good work life balance (in 75 reviews)

  • good working environment in few groups for self-motivated people (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Conservative decision making after taken long time to arrive de-risk (in 13 reviews)

  • Few career opportunities, low salary compared to Italy's average for graduates (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good jobs but backwards ideas for making money in some regions, management culture mismatch.

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    Former Employee - Marketer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Marketer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Good balance for work-life, decent pay and good benefits. High tech, frequently leading edge technology. Good place to work.

    Cons

    I worked in sales and marketing and had inadequate local technical support. Fewer and fewer support engineers are available and customers are sometimes left in the cold. The higher management (director+) sometimes closes positions or lets go of employees who are contributing to sales of 10-20 $M each year, and push the responsibilities to the remaining ones including those who are not technical.

    Unfortunately, they lose a lot of the best engineers and application people in the process, and they do not hire more to fill the deficit. The Americas Region is what they use to cut costs. They look mostly at numbers generated by sales people and do not seem to understand or care about the value added by the technical employees who support the sales and marketing persons in the local region. The company says a lot about mass-market as a vast untapped revenue steam but won't maintain the local engineering resources to support it.

    Those technical people, for example show up at a customer meeting and give the customer what the customer wants, having created the specific solution - they demonstrate it right there, and so make the sales persons' jobs easier. Part of the problem may be that ST uses the same marketing forms that are used as weekly or monthly reports by sales people, to judge the work of technical staff. This does not work as a means to measure competence or contribution from the application engineers because the visibility given by those reports and forms is a mismatch to the work done by those employees. The work of application engineers on whom my sales efforts depended had little or no visibility because of the forms used for reporting.

    There is a great deal of short-sightedness, and more interest in the expenses of this quarter than what profit will come from projects underway, those taking 1-2 years each. When a technical employee is let go to save a few dollars, whatever projects were underway are then poorly executed due to knowledge vacuum. It causes a loss of sales. Basically they will eliminate an engineer's salary and claim to have cut costs, then lose ten to thirty times as much in sales in a year. That business failure is never mentioned except to blame it on the sales person, but the cost savings are trumpeted as management's accomplishment.

    The company is a serious rumor mill, there are many political lackeys otherwise lacking in skills, and many of the managers are more interested in appearances, power, and empire-building than profitability. There are highly paid people who should have been let go years ago, who are quite incompetent deadwood but well-entrenched with the EU management buddies. I was there for 10 years, and have a good insight into all of this.

    The comments in other posts, about European culture, are true. The European employees come to the USA, are ushered into high positions, and some, maybe two thirds of them, proceed to manage their responsibilities as if it were Sicily.
    This does not work well in the US customer culture, but they do not see it or just ignore it. At some meetings, the loudest mouth wins, not the the most beneficial idea.
    I have been at a few customer meetings where the ST high-management official, from Italy, told the customer what they wanted (told the customer what the customer was going to do), not the usual case of the customer telling a prospective vendor what the customer wants. How can that be a successful sales meeting? These same European managers are competent employees and could do well, but they don't seem to recognize how business is done in the USA and adapt to that. Instead, it's the Old Country all over again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    out of touch with customers

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    fantastic technology with system approach

    Cons

    european head count killing the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to start carrier only

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prod Eng
    Current Employee - Prod Eng

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

    Pros

    Possibility to learn for at least 2 years. Depending on group you can find excellent people. Possibility to travel even extensively

    Cons

    No meritocracy , none possibility to grow. Carrier opportunity just political defined.
    Low salary
    Top management absolutely inadequate.
    Abnormous size for marketing group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Radical change, from top to medium management need. Offer real opportunity for each employee basing on meritocracy. Tasks ,owner must be better defined

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Staff Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good engineering teams, working conditions and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management too slow to make key decisions and invest for the future. Career progression not encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company could have potential - focus should be on innovation. Be prepared to take risks.

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

    Good people, poor management

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    high tech enviroment, good engineers, large company

    Cons

    obsolete systems, poor leadership, awful career path for female employees (only 1 female director in USA, the HR director, what a cliche').

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company depending on which division

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    * Working environment is relaxed and comfortable
    * Compensation is very competitive to other companies with a good bonus on base salary
    * Could be a good place to learn and gain knowledge
    * Big company that can afford to tackle big markets and product lines
    * Did not lay off as aggressively as other companies during the recession

    Cons

    * Very political in terms of career advancement
    * European management is a disaster. No clear vision of what they want to do. Very slow in taking critical decisions. Can let valuable people leave the company easily.
    * There are good peers but also more than what could afforded of mediocre engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a product fails due to management mistakes, managers should be affected and not engineers. In order to compete with American companies change has to happen at the top.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    ST

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    Current Employee - Sales in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    the overall benefits package is comparable to the ones offered by other companies. if you are an engineer it's not a bad company to work for.

    Cons

    limited career opportunities, lack of fairness in promoting/recognizing people, lack of management support for career development/growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication, support for career development/growth.

    spend less time engaged in company politics!

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    stmicroelectronics

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    pay check, easy job, employee oriented company, good benefits and lot of free time

    Cons

    no personal grow, low tech company, no knowledge sharing, too many employees working on the same stuff, no development, most of the development/support is based in India and that sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get people motivated

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not a good company for software professional

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Greater Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Greater Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    you get to learn only politics, nothing in techanical.
    managers are making it hell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove the managers layer if you want to get your work from engineers.
    managers dont let the engineers work. they drug you down.
    every manager is inferior about his future, ask them to work proactively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    World-class Semiconductor Company - Mismanagement

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Was a Great company with excellent products,
    used to be a forward-looking company with great visions.
    enthusiastic colleagues with great drive and desires to succeed

    Cons

    Current management has no vision, lack fore-sight, focus on short-term goals ignoring long-term vision.
    Take easy, but illogical decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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