Fairchild Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Fairchild Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Mark S. Thompson
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Pros
  • Good working conditions, pay and benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • I will miss the great people that work there too (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management created a poisoned atmosphere to work at (in 8 reviews)

  • Life in semiconductors is like a roller coaster, lots of ups and downs with no steady periods (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Fairchild Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company offers competitive salaries and most of the people are good to work with. The benefits are very reasonable.

    Cons

    The semiconductor industry is up and down and this will affect employees. Slowdowns, forced vacation or time off and layoffs are common.

    Advice to Management

    In my opinion the management is very short sighted and does not value the experience and abilities of it's employees enough. Many decisions are based solely of perceived cost savings without giving enough weight to other factors..


  2. good life work balance but low pay

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good life work balance, nice people and management

    Cons

    low pay compared with competitor

    Advice to Management

    increase the salary to attract good engineer


  3. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Great people at manufacturing site

    Cons

    Too many aggressive changes too quick. New management constantly trying to execute on their own agenda.

    Advice to Management

    Find what works and stick with it.


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  5. Fairchild

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    Former Employee - Chemical Etch Operator II in West Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Chemical Etch Operator II in West Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work there is the people you work with are very helpful, and are willing to help you out.

    Cons

    Upper management does not work well with the employees, they believe we are clueless in the understanding of lean manufacturing process.

    Advice to Management

    Your greatest asset walks through the doors everyday let them do their job that they were trained to do for the company.


  6. Lacking Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Respected name in the industry. Good benefits package

    Cons

    Low pay. Poor top management. Too many bosses even after latest purges.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a plan and stick to it. Stop issuing guidance to Wall Street and living life quarter to quarter. Too many frequent changes in direction from the top.


  7. Company is headed out!

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in West Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in West Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Had some great benefits, and some great people to work with.

    Cons

    A company trying to move manufacturing over to Korea. In the process they close down their most successful and profitable site. Putting hundreds of American workers out of a job. I don't expect them to be around much longer.

    Advice to Management

    Sell everything while you can still make a profit, since that is all you seem to care about anyway.


  8. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in South Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People who work here are extremely friendly and ready to help.

    Cons

    No good training for fresh out of college grads. Very laid back attitude.( Pro and Con)


  9. overview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global company that gives chance to learn how to work across cultures

    Cons

    a lot of change in management


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    Fab Operator

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    Former Employee - Fabrication Operator in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Fabrication Operator in South Portland, ME

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, met some great people while working there.

    Cons

    Manufacturing hours were tough, 12 hour shift.

    Advice to Management

    Applaud employees for a job well done, often.


  11. Human Resource Mgmt

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Welcoming environment- changing to open collaborate work place -Great Benefits -Great Staff

    Cons

    -Currently in the stage of remodeling location which has made a few things difficult but excited to see the new changes



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