Fairchild Semiconductor

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Fairchild Semiconductor Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
102 Reviews
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102 Reviews
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Fairchild Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Mark S. Thompson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working conditions, pay and benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people in this company to work with (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There are many stories of upper management having "walls' between them and baseline employees (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interesting Smart company - good for co-op

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in South Portland, ME

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience. Varied work. Good culture. Secure job - I worked there during the recession and they tried hard to keep all they could.

    Cons

    Strict work with the potential for odd hours since the fab is 24 hours. There were some internal complaints about possible limited promotion opportunities, but I wouldn't know for sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you promote a friendly team culture. Some managers were certainly more approachable than others, which is understandable, but at times it made work very unenjoyable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Highly Specialized Positions with Limited Growth Potential

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    Current Employee - Engineer in South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Engineer in South Portland, ME

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is amazing to be able to work in a high tech field in the Greater Portland area. The pay is decent for the area and the benefits are great. The location is convenient to everything and it is nice to have on-site dining services. The semiconductor industry is always changing so the daily grind gets mixed up from time to time with interesting new projects.

    Cons

    The company has been moving all operations to the west coast leaving limited growth potential on the east coast. There has been a tremendous amount of brain drain in recent years and the future of the SP facility is always in question by the employees. The HR department is basically useless when it comes to career development and not nothing more than to refer you to your manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your latest corporate strategy is focused on dual sourcing and should include spreading out some of the talent across multiple sites rather than consolidating operations in San Jose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Long Term Retired Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor

    Pros

    Benefits early in my career were very good but degraded over time.

    Cons

    Company went downhill when it went public. No long term vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Luck counts. Right?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor

    Pros

    Good benefits. It's close to home.

    Cons

    hard to find management that actually cares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone has a part in this company making it good.

  6.  

    Recent changes make it a less desirable place to work

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    Former Employee - Finance in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Finance in South Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    competitive salaries, good benefits including equity comp and good people to work with at the Maine location

    Cons

    New senior management has moved most upper level jobs out of Maine which can restrict growth opportunities at this location. Recurring restructuring and layoffs are common.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A company in transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company name recognition, world wide presence

    Cons

    Hiring from outside vs promotion from within, lack of growth opportunities,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The highest paid in manufacturing do the least work. Is this typical?

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    Current Employee - Operator in South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Operator in South Portland, ME

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits package OK. The job beats digging ditches. We work a 3 on/3 off schedule.

    Cons

    I am around a bunch of LAZY people! And they get paid more than me. Am I the only one who notices this? How is it company loyalty whethey've been sitting around for 30 yrs doing nothing?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead wood and compensate the ones who actually do the work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    disappointing. No room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy job. Didn't have to try very hard. Didn't seem like anyone was trying that hard either.

    Cons

    Boring work. Always send place at best in the industry. There was nothing nee or interesting with this job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    25 Year employee line maintenance. Wish it go on for 20 more

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    Current Employee - Line Maintenance in West Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Line Maintenance in West Jordan, UT

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and middle management. Family atmosphere will be greatly missed.

    Cons

    Was a great place to work couldn't wait to go to work had a great sense accomplishment thbefore new upper management came and killed everythinmanufacturing'm sure they were trying to cut overhead but in doing so may have cut the throat of the company, it seems to be dying a slow and painful death. Jobs are being transferred overseas and all the great development engineer's have been let go.

    Upper management talks of new products coming out but when it takes over a year to transfer a product how can a new product be developed in time.

    I have heard from upper management that they care about all employees and want the best for them but will put them out if they don't give into there ways.

    As a last note if you are an American you will have no lasting job with this company for before this new regime gets through there will be no manufacturing jobs in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful what you ask for, you may just get

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    analog ic design engineer

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good environment, good team work

    Cons

    too much politics in the management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be too harsh

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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