Fairchild Semiconductor Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. 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)


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


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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. 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.


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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.


  8. 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


  9. senior manufacturing specialist

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    worked here for more than 30 years. Great job, fun people. Family environment, work with very little supervision.

    Cons

    Closing the plant in West Jordan. Too bad.

    Advice to Management

    Shame on you for your Greed. If you are a true American you would be taking care of your own.


  10. 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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Still searching for a strategy

    • Work/Life Balance
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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Managed to hold on to a few good technologists. Money in the bank to acquire IP, unless Vijay spent it all on branding and cool furniture/office ergonomics.

    Cons

    Hiring too many ex-TIers and National rejects (the bottom 20% of their organization). Shutting down East coast development and expanding West coast development at a 20% salary premium seems financially irresponsible. The company is like a rudderless ship just floating around hoping to hit land

    Advice to Management

    Time to bring in the triage Management team to put some lipstick on the pig, find a suitor and sell. The shareholders deserve better than this. Thompson is in way over his head. He hasn't moved the needle in years.



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