Fairchild Semiconductor

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Fairchild Semiconductor Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
106 Reviews
2.8
106 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)

  • The company as a whole has many great people to work beside (internal and external) (in 7 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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  1.  

    Dynamic

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great products, leader in industry

    Cons

    change management approach needs improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build stronger bridge between old and new leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Power to Amaze? Not! Show me the products!

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    Former Employee - Senior Director of Development in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Development in South Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Good based technology. A few excellent technologists still remain but many have been replaced with inferior "yes men" that have been hand picked by a micro managing COO.

    Cons

    The new COO and his executive staff have created a culture of fear and dis-trust. If you challenge a strategy or their point of view and don't blindly agree with whatever they roll out you are a marked man.

    The new COO talks about all the right stuff and paints a positive vision and strategy that you can get on-board with but his actions are completely opposite.

    They've spent more time and money on re-branding and re-decorating than on technology and products. Very sad, the Board of Directors should be ashamed of this situation. Stockholders would be disgusted if they knew what's really going on inside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to implement a west coast super cool culture. Get back to basics, build a culture based on trust and empowerment. Focus on semiconductor technology and the possibilities that technology can enable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I Loved working for this company from 1998 to 2012

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A public company is run by a board of investors… as far as the CEO goes its like a box of chocolates ..you never know what your going to get… This could be a good thing…shakes things up

    Cons

    The new guy (Not MThompson) brought weekly parties, off site events, games and color crayons in the cafe to increase morale… This however seem to do the opposite. employees seen this as a waste of funds. We were told to open up share ideas…."NEVER do this" if your ideas are not shared by the "NEW" guy and his chosen few … your out!! not a happy place to work : (

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Management needs to settle down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working conditions, pay and benefits. Wonderful health plan and for young employees a wonderful education program.

    Cons

    Top management is going to micromanage itself out of business. Too many good ideas are being rejected on a daily basis. Good people are leaving due to animosity from COO. Just plain nasty to subordinates. Our talented people are leaving for better work environments available in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start trusting your key employees in addition to or instead the top 3 "Experts". These top 3 are not as smart as they are considered to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extreme struggles trying to find a long term business plan & buy-in from employees

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

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

    Pros

    A bridge to another job or gain experience in electronics design or manufacturing to help you later land another job in your career path.

    Cons

    There are many stories of upper management having "walls' between them and baseline employees. Unfortunately, these walls are physical, emotional and often involve nasty management dictates. You can literally watch & see the barriers between manager chiefs and worker peasants.
    Often the baseline employees have good ideas and connections to the electronic marketplace but management won't listen to them. This wall didn't exist before 2008.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directly visit with your own employees without your "handlers," tear down your walls. Learn how to listen to your workers and let them guide a strategy for the electronics field. Do not build the strategy by yourself behind your walls. You can't know enough of the details to be successful and there have been way too many strategic plans dictated to them which crashed miserably. They don't trust your dictated paths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No future.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Decent amount of work demand
    Decent amount of work demand

    Cons

    Small salary and politics all over.
    Very authoritative management and you are not allowed to talk your idea unless you are definitely his man.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in Mountain Top, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in Mountain Top, PA

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

    Pros

    Most of the projects are challenging enough to keep you interested.

    Cons

    Many late night phone calls and after hour meetings are expected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Cha-cha-cha-changes...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoy peer interactions
    Have learned a lot about the industry
    Awesome cafeteria onsite
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth in my area
    Management seems to be working on a lot of initiatives that may or not "get the ship righted", including letting go of some long-tenured employees
    Compensation is below industry/national standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employee engagement is important, then aim to engage all of your employees, not just the ones you determine to be "the" talent. It takes a lot of folks to support the talent, and they deserve to be engaged meaningfully, too.

    Measure twice, cut once when it comes to releasing talented, tenured individuals. New blood is good, but having "tribal knowledge" is important, too. Either find a good way to record that before letting it go, or suffer some consequences that could lead to lost business because someone "didn't know".

    Salary equity with industry norms is a wise move. Job performance indeed plays a part; however, paying for a skill set that can be shown to support the bottom line (we have all been told our roles do that) should not be just the bottom of the scale to "leave room for growth".

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Aggressive management types

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    People are nice. There is a sense of team work environment.

    Cons

    Pay relatively low. Stressful environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent family oriented company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Layout Engineer in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Senior Layout Engineer in South Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Fairchild works to balance work and family while incorporating company loyalty.

    Cons

    As with any Semiconductor company the cyclical nature of the industry, more proactive response is needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training of appropriate individuals to have a long term outlook for the company and not be reactive, but rather
    be proactive with how the semiconductor business is doing globally, that is say look for oppurtunities to outpace competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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