Pros – Great work environment
Nice people to work with - almost no fighting over career positions
Very flexible and individual working style
Students and job starters are given a large variety of opportunities with lots of training "on the job"
Good work-life balance, almost no weekend work required
Compared to other semiconductor companies probably good job security, no "hire & fire"
Low level of bureaucracy & almost no fancy modern management strategies,
instead creative and direct involvement of the employees at least in their field of responsibility
Cons – Extremely limited career opportunities
No business or profit related benefits
Business divisions and capabilities split up between different groups, which don´t work together
Capex for personel or technical equipment always bound to official project fundings.
Customer orientation, resulting cashflow and profit could be much better
Stuck in "university"-working style with extreme focus on non-profit operations
Workforce too small to build up competent teams.
Almost completely dependent on government funding
Advice to Senior Management – Better feedback desirable
Increase employee motivation by increasing either field of responsibility or benefits
Support careers from inside instead of hiring external personel
Install some kind of bonus system, triggered by individual grade of responsibility for projects, equipment & workload.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – pay was very very good
Cons – the advancement was an issue
Advice to Senior Management – get it together