Microsemi

  www.microsemi.com
  www.microsemi.com

Microsemi – Why Work For Us?

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Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance, radiation-hardened and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,000 employees globally.

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Culture

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision... It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. —Andrew Carnegie

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. —George S. Patton

Our employees describe our culture as close knit, supportive, flexible, and growth-oriented. They talk about being part of a team or big family where members interact with respect and trust and are encouraged to pursue growth opportunities and to participate fully. They celebrate the positive balance of work and family life, the autonomy and freedom they have to fulfill their potential at Microsemi as well as the financial, personal, and professional rewards.

Code of Ethics

High achievement always takes place in a framework of high expectation.
—Jack Kinder

The Microsemi Code of Ethicswas created to express our commitment to the highest standards of business practices. Our policies and procedures address a variety of topics designed to reflect our respect for and adherence to all applicable business and industry laws, rules, and regulations.

From international trade to environmental responsibility, financial reporting to safety and health issues, our Code of Ethics reflects our core values and provides our directors, officers, and employees with a benchmark for professional excellence.

Our Diversity Commitment

Microsemi values individual and group diversity.  We work together to leverage diversity in order to build the most productive, engaged and inclusive workforce.  We strive to create an environment in which all employees are fully valued and positioned to do their best work every day.  We are committed to:

  • Creating and sustaining a respectful and inclusive environment and culture, to support retention of a diverse workforce
  • Attracting and recruiting from a diverse pool of candidates; and focusing on identifying and leveraging the most effective sources for qualified talent
  • Aligning diversity with human resources practices, including integration with business planning and operations
  • Assuring representation of the diversity of the company in internal and external communications

Our talented employees are as diverse as the semiconductor solutions we offer. We believe that diversity lends a regional, national, and global advantage to the clients we serve. Our workforce consists of dynamic individuals, with a range of backgrounds, talents, and skills.

Our Outreach Commitment

To establish and maintain effective affirmative action programs for equal opportunity employment, we want to ensure that a wide net is cast in order to target, reach, encourage, and include applicants who may not be sourced through standard recruitment methods. The goal is to obtain a qualified, diverse applicant pool.

Open positions are posted to targeted diversity sites and resources, encouraging application by minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals in any other legally protected status.  Microsemi's diversity management strategy also incorporates the building and maintaining of strong, personal relationships with key contacts in local diversity-focused community groups and organizations.

Insider Perspectives

Here's what it's really like to work at Microsemi in our employees' own words. Read on!

Dave Brady
Title: Wafer Fab Production Engineer
Years: 8
Location: Lowell, MA

"Microsemi is hands-on learning center, a friendly place with an open environment where the intelligence and experience of its teams meet. Early on, I was given hands-on, flexible training without limitation. In previous companies, there was just the daily routine, no challenge or freedom to put your ideas into practice like there is at Microsemi. I would tell a potential employee to grab this great opportunity!"

Flo Green
Title: Quality Assurance Inspector
Years: 20
Location: Lawrence, MA

"Compared to other companies, Microsemi focuses on producing a good product and customer satisfaction. Also, employees are always encouraged to advance when openings are available. I have always felt comfortable knowing that if I need something to make my job easier all I have to do is let someone know—and it’s supplied almost immediately. Microsemi is a great place to work."

John Puopolo
Title: Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
Years: 30
Location: Lawrence, MA

"The best part about working for Microsemi is the culture of a close knit organization where everyone knows who you are and it is like a big family. Microsemi is different from other companies because they recognize individuals for their accomplishments and treat all their employees fairly... Microsemi culture is one that makes you feel part of a team. Having worked for Microsemi for many years, I would have to say that the most positive influence that I have encountered has been the people who have worked for me over the years. I would tell potential employees that Microsemi is a great place to work and that the people are really nice."

Sue Gilkie 
Job Title: Production Planner
Years: 34
Location: Lawrence, MA

"Over the years, I've been offered promotions with the support and help of my supervisors and managers and was able to take classes pertaining to the new positions. I look forward to coming to work because I enjoy the independence of taking responsibility to organize, start ,and move product through the factory. I would tell a potential employee, when you give 100%, it is returned. There’s an excellent benefits package that includes health, dental, optical, and life insurance—it's one of the best you'll find."

Frank Parker
Title: Shipping and Receiving Supervisor
Years: 14
Location: Lawrence, MA

"Everyone at Microsemi is pleasant and working with them is a pleasure. The management has always supported me in my endeavors. I enjoy the freedom to do my job to the best of my abilities."

Maria Johnson
Title: Manufacturing Supervisor
Years: 16
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

"The best parts of Microsemi are the opportunities for growth and the family-like atmosphere. Here, you are encouraged to expand your mind and learn something more so you can contribute in a new way. An employee with ambition can move from die cleaner to test engineer, as I did."

Ron Doss
Title: Engineering Technician
Years: 2
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

"The best part about working for Microsemi is how the different parts of the organization and individual functions interact and come together to make a terrific product. At Microsemi, the emphasis on quality over quantity is a major difference compared to other companies."

Rory Serrano
Title: Receptionist
Years: 3
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

"Microsemi has a family atmosphere, which encourages and supports your personal goals. There’s a sense of equality and diversity. Employees are treated with respect and benefit from a flexible work environment."

Juan (Johnny) Meyers
Title: Plater 4 (Group Lead)
Years: 28
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

"Microsemi has provided me with the experience and training to achieve my personal goals. Plain and simple, it’s just better at Microsemi."

Khanh Tran
Title: Manufacturing Supervisor
Years: 15
Location: Lawrence, MA

"Microsemi is a fun place to work, and it offers flexible work schedules, good benefits, and a terrific educational assistance program. Microsemi promotes teamwork, is full of friendly, productive people, has excellent employee appreciation and benefit programs—it’s a great company."

Debbie Davidan
Title: Quality Assurance Administrative Specialist
Years: 10
Location: Lawrence, MA

"My four day work week has allowed me to maintain a healthy balance between work and family. Over the years, I’ve gained valuable training that continues to have a positive impact on my professional development and daily job performance. Microsemi has a positive and productive environment where hard work is rewarded."

Penny Clack
Title: Wafer Fab Operator 4
Years: 13
Location: Bend, OR

"The best part of working for Microsemi is that we’re encouraged to act independently and we have ample growth opportunities. It’s a culturally and intellectually diverse workplace where everyone contributes to problem solving and decision making."

Dan Bisset
Title: Wafer Fab Operator 4
Years: 11
Location: Bend, OR

"Being a part of the development and manufacturing of cutting-edge products is interesting and rewarding. I especially enjoy the camaraderie of our ‘family’ at Microsemi. The demands at Microsemi are high, but so is the potential for professional growth and reward."

Terri Fields-Weiselman
Title: Engineering Technician 3
Years: 12
Location: Bend, OR

"The best parts about working for Microsemi are the matching 401(k) program and how the company is always working on ways to better their employees’ futures."

Frank Parker
Title: Shipping and Receiving Supervisor
Years: 14 
Location: Lawrence, MA

"At Microsemi, I have the freedom to do my job to the best of my abilities. Microsemi works with you to develop all of your potential. I enjoy the great family atmosphere here."

Carol Polizzi
Title: QA Engineering Manager
Years: 27
Location: Garden Grove, CA

"Microsemi has a very interesting blend of old and new semiconductor practices that still work and are needed in today's marketplace. I love the exchange of knowledge and ideas, which helps improve processes and stimulates innovative designs. They offer the flexibility to work with people from all departments without going through complex layers—truly an open door policy. If you like to work hard, learn new things, and are a team player who can adapt to change, this is a great place to work."

James Tran
Title: Information Systems Engineer
Years: 15
Location: Garden Grove, CA

"Microsemi is one of the fastest growing companies in Orange County. We design and manufacture products for a variety of market segments, which helps offset any slow down in a particular segment. Microsemi is a good, solid company with ample growth opportunities."

Cathy Rynne
Title: Accounts Receivable Supervisor
Years: 26
Location: Ireland

“Microsemi has a multicultural work force with friendly staff and good opportunities for advancement. There is a very open environment within Microsemi, with a good line of communications between all departments.”

Tracy Connellan
Title: Inside Sales Representative
Years: 7
Location: Ireland

“Microsemi offers a great opportunity to work in a dynamic multinational organization. The company has good promotional prospects and an environment that is constantly evolving.”

Marie Hayes
Title: QA Inspector
Years: 9
Location: Ireland

“Microsemi is a large company with a friendly approach and a bright future.

Microsemi Reviews

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    Current Employee - Vice President Business Development in San Jose, CA
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    I have been working at Microsemi full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, meritocracy, compensation is good (when the company does well). The company is many ways still resembles a start-up in its nimbleness, but with the advantages of the much larger company it is,

    Cons

    Some of the systems received from several acquisitions could be merged faster, to increase agility.

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Microsemi Interviews

Updated Nov 6, 2014
Updated Nov 6, 2014

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsemi.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with hiring manager with a huge ego. I've had these kind of interviews before, and it's always the same. The people who know the least always try to make themselves look smart, when they really aren't. They know some narrow area, and ask you ridiculous questions that are impossible to answer on the phone without a whiteboard. The smartest people I know in the area Microsemi is in could turn this manager into mincemeat in a nanosecond, but they themselves are the nicest people in the world with no ego. One time I found out later that the super-know-it-all-windbag person who interviewed me (back when Wang was extant) had lied on his resume and had no EE degree -- he had learned "EE" at a hippie commune -- no lie! Apply here if you want an arrogant self-promoting pompous windbag for a boss.

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Microsemi Awards & Accolades

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Corporate Social Responsibility Award, ITsAP Award, 2013
Outstanding CEO in Technology, OC Tech Alliance, 2014
DesignVision Award, DesignCon, 2014
Innovation Award, EDN China, 2013
Innovative Product/Technology, OC Tech Alliance, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.microsemi.com
Headquarters Aliso Viejo, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1960
Type Company - Public (MSCC)
Industry Manufacturing

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