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Former Employee - Senior Analog Design Engineer/Design Lead  in  Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Senior Analog Design Engineer/Design Lead in Dallas, TX

I worked at Texas Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Good work/life balance, low stress level. Good vacation. Plentiful design tools. Lots of support for design engineers i.e. in the lab and design software. Could have potential but see the cons.

Cons

perhaps it depends on particular BU, but in my experience there is way too much politics and not enough substance. Many of SMTS/DMTS are old and not up to the level, but still have their high titles and perks and not shy to use them. Mid-level management is often technically mediocre resulting in loss of business and subsequent mass lay-offs. Tech ladder advancement is based on who you know, not what one is worth. Low-level management often stuffed by incompetents who just sing the company tune but have no clue of design issues and just concerned with keeping themselves employed. Nat Semi acquisition was sought to add tech talent, but Nat Semi was never in the top 3 of analog, and many of their best people left. Recent lay-offs tended to remove a lot of talent - those who stayed seemed most politically skilled, not technically talented, consequently a lot of talent got picked up by top competitors, probably on the cheap. Top management comes from sales and marketing, not from design, which probably accounts for a lot of the above issues. I can't see how TI can compete with the top 3 in analog - other than on price.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

cut down on politics - focus on technical excellence; start growing technical management, not career climbers. Stop promoting sales/marketing types into senior management - there are way too many of those and they are the ones who create politics.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Texas Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large established infrastructure worldwide, good benefits in the US.

    Cons

    Just like leaders of many other publicly traded companies TI managers are mostly focused on impressing investors. This culture spreads through all levels of the company. It does not matter what you do, it only matters what your boss think you do.
     The company has very few innovative products. Product designed decades ago generate most of the revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build true engineering company, do not hire so many clueless MBAs to manage engineers, respect engineers, they are not just tools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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