Freescale Semiconductor

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

I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

Pros

Opportunities for advancement
Amazing products
Smart people, hardworking, dedicated
global sales coverage and international presence and brand recognition

Cons

Perpetual struggles to complete and offer quality software supporting products
Long seasons of many layoffs
Job insecurity and uncertainty
Silo'd business units who can't build true cross-company platforms

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Good job trying to sell the wireless group, wish it could have worked out since we had several great advanced products scheduled.

Doesn't Recommend
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    If you make the effort, you can become what you want

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    And by effort, I mean hard work, relationships with key people, staying very visible, and keeping a strong vigil for opportunities (something engineers never do) - there are examples of all kinds of people in he company.
    Compensation is less than what competitors pay, but work flexibility is great. if you want to be working and doing an mba/ms/anything else, can't find a better company. No, they won't support you financially beyond $5250 a year, but you can work from home, at night, or weekends to compensate for not working in the week. Put simply, you just have to make sure you meet the deadlines and give others what they need in time to meet theirs, and you won't be asked how much/where/when did you work.
    Management recently changed, no idea where the company is heading (sale, ipo?).

    Cons

    You can't be just a good engineer and expect good things will happen, you have to make them happen, you have to fight for a promotion, a pay increase, etc. Of course, as in any other high tech firm, lay offs are a big concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people believe that they can grow within the company. Make promotions/pay hikes not something that one gets after he threatens to leave the job, keep people happy, they are your biggest assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Freescale continuing to loose ground

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    Former Employee - Principal R&D Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Principal R&D Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    Paid time off was good perhaps better than some other companies. Compensation was about average for the semiconductor industry. Work hours somewhat flexible.

    Cons

    1) Freescale has divested most of their internal R&D capability. The mentally that the grass is greener in the neighbor's yard prevails.

    2) Freescale is painfully lacking forward looking innovative development projects with any kind of real focus.

    3) A series of Freescale management mistakes effectively destroyed the wireless business, which was approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the company revenue.

    4) The Networking business (i.e. DSP and network microprocessors) is significantly smaller than that of TI or ST and has failed to grow comensurate with the rest of the semiconductor industry.

    5) Freescale's bread and butter business (automotive/ standard products) has suffered tremendously due to a strong connection with US auto makers and a failure to adequately penetrate the asian auto makers.

    6) Freescale has an enormous debt load that is crippling investment in key technologies for future growth.

    Unfortunately, the innovative sprit of Freescale's Motorola past has completely vanished. Freescale is desperately trying to hold on as a me too player in a very competive and commoditized market place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is likely too late to develop a leading edge company from the ashes. Do your best to become a semi-stable LSI Logic or Linear Technologies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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