I worked at Smic as an intern (less than an year)Pros
Middle management is supportive and encouraging. Felt like I was part of the team.Cons
Need more support from upper managementAdvice to ManagementAdvice
Please provide more support to the training sectorRecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through other source. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Smic in November 2009.Interview Details
This position was for the school division. The process for other parts of the company may be different.
There was a detailed phone interview first. They asked detailed questions about previous experience that were relevant to the work. Since this is an overseas assignment, they also wanted to understand why I was going to China and what my long term plans were.
During the in-person interview, You meet with several people on staff which ask technical questions about various aspects of the work. Since this was IT Director, you don't need to be an expert in every field but you are expected to able to talk intelligently about things like, Active Directory, Exchange, Web technology, Software systems, Databases as well as have a basic understanding about hardware.
The IT department at the school is very broad and further encompasses systems like phone systems, av systems, pa systems, security systems and so on. It is best to have a general understanding about these systems so that you can talk intelligently about them. Again, they don't require expertise in every system but you have to be able to demonstrate that you can manage projects and vendors in all these areas.
Finally, this is a very bi-lingual (Chinese / English) environment. Some of the staff only speaks Chinese and some of the staff only speaks English so it would be very difficult to hold this senior a position without having a good command of both languages.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThe HR division is very difficult to deal with. You want to be polite but firm. There are cultural differences if you are used to western companies. You need to keep the lines of communication open but be sure you don't give in too much. You also need to take into account the lower cost of living and make sure the housing situation is clearly spelled out. Housing can be tight as land has been snatched up and the company continues to expand.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
- Since this is a cross-cultural environment, what would you if some employees want the window open in the winter while others feel its too cold and want it closed? View Answer
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Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) does what its name suggests -- manufactures semiconductors for an international roster of clients. SMIC provides contract manufacturing, or foundry, services to semiconductor companies -- customers supply the designs, and SMIC takes care of production. SMIC operates seven foundries in China and has another under construction. It also manages two other foundries ultimately owned by the municipal Chinese government. SMIC's monthly production capacity is at 162,000 (almost 2 million), but the company lags behind...