Fairchild Semiconductor Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. Aggressive management types

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    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
  2. Excellent family oriented company to work for.

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    • 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
  3. a company trying to re-invent itself

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    management acknowledges that the company needs to change for the future

    Cons

    no solid plan for execution of strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Execs are super conservative - not a next gen company

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

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    the execs try to keep employees motivated with events and new office structuring and re-orgs. A good [percentage of the employees are highly motivated. Good for employees expecting low stress environment.

    Cons

    The execs are super conservative.TOO much politics within the organization. Not a high growth next generation firm which is why they loose their high performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. innovative and reliable products

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor

    Pros

    own its own Fab, large portfolio of devices, great customer support

    Cons

    higher prices comes with higher quality, and may not work for teir II, or III electronic manufactures

  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Where careers go to die

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Easy work, if you pester people enough things will get done, good if you just want a mediocre paycheck and can stay unattached to your work

    Cons

    No potential for career growth or promotion. Mediocre pay. Very long hours, with extremely impatient and demanding customers. No recognition for hard work. Very unmotivated colleagues and demoralizing managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in higher quality employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Trying to be better company but not clear..

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    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Work and life balance
    Good co-workers

    Cons

    Not enough experience & resources to move next level of products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. A Roller Coaster Ride

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    Former Employee - Manufacturer in West Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Manufacturer in West Jordan, UT

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Above satisfactory vacation time
    Sick pay
    Laid back work environment
    On-site cafeteria
    On-site gym
    Great regularly thrown company parties

    Cons

    Too many tiers of management
    Lack of consideration to whether they're literally working you to death
    Working with hazardous chemicals, gases, compounds and machinery all day every day
    No room for growth. They'll put you through school and never promote you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have so many people come down on one worker bee's head telling them how they're not doing their job right then that worker bee is going to think that there's no use trying. A little positive reinforcement or simple thank you goes a really long way.
    24/7, 365 days a year... so if you're work day falls on a holiday and you haven't asked for it off then you're working it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Death spiral

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Good people
    Compensation and vacation
    tools exist to be successful if management gets out of the way

    Cons

    Management, accountability, desire to do the right thing, no work - people balance exists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the layers of middle management and enable the teams to take responsibility and be innovative. Stop making the me too products.
    Hold people accountable for their incompetence.
    Too often being the company is rewarded at the detriment of others.
    Make decisions based on business proposition.
    Stop the slow death that you are inflicting, create a vision, make a change, and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Politics.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor

    Pros

    Nice people, some departments are good to work in others are full of office politics and back door tactics.

    Cons

    Constant office politics, no work life balance, stressful environment and no opportunities for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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