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Freescale Semiconductor President & CEO Gregg Lowe
Gregg Lowe
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    Has been positive in the long run but like all companies, it can really suck when market is bad

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Development Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Process Development Engineer in Austin, TX

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


    I've been at Freescale for almost 15 years. If you're talented and able to market yourself then you can do well here and there is opportunity for career development and moving up the corporate ladder. They have a program here called the technical ladder which allows technical people rise to the grade and pay of a director level manager while still being an individual contributor.

    I've mostly had good to great mid level managers, typically bad managers get managed out. The senior leadership and CEO at Freescale has always been ok to poor. The current CEO (Greg Lowe) seems to be great from a people perspective, he removed a lot of the perks for senior leadership to put them on a closer level with the remainder of the employees in the company and there are days when he'll be walking through your office and stop in your cube to say hello and see what you're working on. Quite honestly, he's the best CEO I've ever had and I've been through five so far.

    The company is doing a lot better in the last 18 months at getting younger engineers in here to get some new energy in the company. We've hired some great fresh outs that are sharp, willing to work long hours and adding a fresh perspective to legacy technical issues.

    Vacation policy is awesome! Vacation here is PTO + holiday pay, everyone gets 64 hrs/year of holiday pay, you accrue PTO based on years of experience. The day you start you accrue 15 hrs/month of PTO, year 8 of employment you earn 18.5 hrs/month PTO, year 15 you earn ~21 hrs/month of PTO. Yes, that's right, at year 15 you will have 8 weeks off per year!


    Budgeting is horrible. The company (at least in my sector: die manufacturing) is awful, we're often told 1-7 days before the capital budget is due.

    Company needs to improve its internal training programs. Internal training is typically done on a as-requested basis from one or more of the subject matter experts and even then the approval of the manager of said subject matter expert needs to have time away from his "day job" to hold the training; typically prep work for the training is done on nights and weekends.

    Bonuses could be better. For example, if an individual contributor earns $100k base salary, is in the top 5% of performers in the company then they would've received a $6k mid year bonus (bonus are every 6 months).

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    Purge some of the dinosaurs. These are not people which are considered experts or superb talent, these are the people which simply continue to exist here because they've done just enough to not get fired. It's shame that I see some of these fresh outs from college running circles around the older guys but they're getting paid 40% less money.

    Put some fire back under your applied statistics training. The company no longer offers internal training for these courses and the training materials are out of date. Freescale is certifying green and black belts with little to know applied statistics knowledge thereby essentially making the certification watered down to the point of almost being ineffective.

    Don't change your vacation policy. You should see this as a retention program, the moment you cut this back I'm looking for new jobs; I've heard similar remarks from the majority of other employers I've spoken with.

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