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Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
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Texas Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO Rich Templeton
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance (of course depends on the type of role you are in) (in 130 reviews)

  • Nice campus, you may have a relaxed work environment, depending on your boss (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is difficult to have when the job demands are more than the people to complete the job (in 41 reviews)

  • Entitlement mentality towards uncompensated labor from middle and upper management (in 28 reviews)

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    Very hostile culture

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Texas Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good products and most of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Sales management in particular (in the Sunnyvale office) is very unreasonable and always attacking it's employees. On top of everything, there is no flexibility in sales styles, where they expect people to be driving the customer and anything else is perceived as ineffective. Relationship building with the customer is of no value to sales management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize a more effective CRM tool than just spreadsheets. If you don't value senior, more experienced sales people who have good customer relationship building skills, then don't hire them in the first place! Also, I came from Intel where there were a lot of opportunities to change jobs internally and develop a more well-rounded skill set. There is no mentoring or any discussion about your career at TI Sunnyvale sales. The reason I call this out is that I heard that other parts in TI are good to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre at best…the grass is definitely greener

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    Former Employee - Non-Engineering in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Non-Engineering in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    +High salaries relative to market

    +Flexible work arrangements (but only if your manager supports this or likes you…many managers will say no, or guilt trip you if you work from home with no reason). Flexibility is only a benefit if it's consistently applied for everyone, not just those employees with children.

    +Great experience for early career folks (stretch roles with a lot of responsibility)

    +Large amount of new college grads starting every year, easy to build up a great group of friends if you're a transplant to Dallas

    +Opportunities to work in international locations

    +Relatively flat org structure

    Cons

    -If you work here, expect to work 24/7. Work/life balance is virtually nonexistent. I work at another company now, and I have never been happier. TI was my first job out of college, so I thought this was normal. It's not! Don't be scared of trying something new if you're not happy.

    -"Old boys club" culture. Comms and HR are trying hard to turn it around and offer fun activities like Jack Kilby Day, but as long as the company is full of disgruntled people, the culture will definitely not be turning around anytime soon.

    -Lack of transparency around processes/procedures, especially compensation cycle, leads to employees distrusting HR

    -Forced distribution rankings for performance = getting zeroed out for yearly raises, even when there is not a known performance concern. Very bad for morale/engagement! Especially in suffering business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Specifically to the HR Leadership Team: If you are wondering about the unusually high NCG attrition, this is why:

    As an employee, if a role, assignment, or manager is not working for you and you voice your concerns, expect nothing to be done about it. You get labeled as a complainer, and manager retaliation DOES exist. Many of my coworkers have left/are leaving (myself included) because they had to choice and nowhere to go except their current role. Mobility exists, but only if your HR manager approves it and you're not in a rotation program.

    There are many other companies to go to, some of which aim to create a work environment in which employees are excited to be there. Focus on improving your facilities (which is made to seem like a low priority)….this is proven to increase morale. Also, be mindful of who you make managers. Someone could be a great engineer or finance person, but that doesn't mean they will be great at managing people.

    Trust your employees when they say there's a problem! You will lose them to someone who does something about it.

    Simple base pay isn't enough to make people stay if they're miserable. As much as it kills me to give retention advice, putting even 10k of equity on your NCGs once they are ~2 years in will increase retention a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hi

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Instruments

    Pros

    None nothing to say abut them

    Cons

    Everything is wrong and unfair turnover jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No concern for their people's lives

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, you may have a relaxed work environment, depending on your boss.

    Cons

    You can be let go at any time. I knew one man who worked his whole career at TI (forty years) and was never laid off. I know another who hasn't been laid off and he has worked there about twenty years, but they are the only two I know personally like that after working for the company for about fifteen years. Many people have been laid off one or more times. Luckily, it is possible to get back on at TI after layoffs, but one has to be lucky and find his own position - there is no such thing as 'being called back' after layoffs, as many people ask me and assume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you send people packing to save a few bucks for the fat cats to keep their cushy jobs, it's not just 'buh bye' and 'have a nice day' for your employees - they then have to deal with losing homes, moving to a possibly undesirable area to look for work, taking their children out of their schools, losing their savings (using 401-k to pay bills, as many have to do), the uncertainty of what they will do for retirement or having to plan to work during their 'golden years' due to having exhausted savings due to layoffs...and possibly the humiliation of getting on food stamps, even. The list goes on. You do this because other companies also do it, but that doesn't excuse you.

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

    Bail out of this sinking ship while you can

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    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    - Sychophant management
    - Managers try to exploit workers down the line

    Cons

    - More you try to do a good job- more you be rewarded with grunt work and 'overtime work' except there is no overtime
    - Other companies Samsung, HITACHI and every other microchip maker leave them in the dust.
    - Adding a tiny new feature to an existing chip- or 1 mw less power doesn't usher in innovation- wake up and smell the fertilizer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should go down with your sinking ship- and by the way see how far it gets you putting in experience at this place- maybe you can find janitorial work at local jail

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    On the decline

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Texas Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for fresh out of school first job
    Extensive training and opportunity for new college grads to get experience and training.
    Perfect place for an engineer who wants to never change.

    Cons

    Excessive use of "golden boys" to fill positions.
    Who you know not what you know mentality.
    Strict adherence to MBA numbers based management.
    Management by intimidation and me first attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the inexperienced who manage purely by packing Excel with numbers, relate to your customers and develop managers who lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experienced Hires Beware

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Texas Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company is actively managing the business portfolio to make itself more competitive. Quick to make decisions about which businesses to nurture and which ones to cut their losses.

    Cons

    The work culture feels very old from the calculator days. It's also an entrenched culture and you frequently here "that's the way we've always done it." There is no formal process to onboard you and little assistance is offered to help you navigate the organizational landmines. When you ask questions about why things are the way they are, you often get a confused look because it is so embedded in their day-to-day it is not recognizable to them. Also no formal performance review process is conducted. Your annual salary adjustment is the primary feedback on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is too big not to have more formal processes in place to manage employees. The culture is in desperate need of an overhaul in conjunction with the new business direction into analog markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating and disappointing

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good for Texas. Work can be interesting but generally too compartmentalized. There is technical challenge available but are generally overwhelmed by institutional deficiencies.

    Cons

    First to middle levels of management are pretty hopeless. Too much work going overseas. Too much work being done by short term contractors so no continuity of effort. Engineering process is fractured at best but realistically it is broken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Purge the deadwood out of first to middle level management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Headed for trouble

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    Former Employee - Technical Sales
    Former Employee - Technical Sales

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

    Pros

    They actually pay what you are promised. Many of the people are great to work with and very talented. Good opportunities for minorities and women.

    Cons

    Ageism is rampant. All contrarian views are squashed as part of the culture. Management opportunities are reserved only for those that are "yes" people. Culture of micromanagement is become rampant and causing employees to miss other things that should be important. Innovation and risk taking not encouraged and even short term failures are punished rather than analyzed, reviewed and learned from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to so closely control the culture of the organization. You are hurting the company in the long term and forcing many, many good and talented people out. Play at least some of the strategy for the long term and not just short term gains. Look beyond the red and green numbers to understand what is really happening. Find other management books to read.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Walmart of Semiconductors

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Texas Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focus on cost optimization. Good pay for what you do.

    Cons

    No room for imagination, innovation and risk taking. Can be stressful if you are engaged in a highly visibie activity. Management implements a standardized approach for most business activities. You spend a lot of time on endless reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a few more years this approach will work, but the smaller faster fabless competition is nibbling away from TI's cake at many places.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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