Freescale Semiconductor Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Freescale Semiconductor President & CEO Gregg Lowe
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Pros
  • Best work life balance I've ever seen but in a successful company with a good outlook the work life balance should NEVER be this good (in 72 reviews)

  • The impeccable ethics code gives a warm fuzzy feeling on the work environment (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Work load and work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • It lacks senior management decision oriented approach (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Great....even with a looming merger

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Onsite Cafeteria with many food options and so affordable - Large Campus - great for walking, running and an onsite gym for $25 a month - Onsite coffee shop - Tight knit departments that work well together most of the time - Pay is good - No dress code - No micro-management that I've witnessed - Very good work-life balance

    Cons

    - Very far South, if you live North - Many things are uncertain in the face of a merger, to be expected

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up - defend the value of your employees in those closed door meetings with NXP


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great People! - constantly changing strategic direction

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Meritocracy, helpful supportive colleagues, great environment for professional development, informal hierarchy, work-life balance, benefits

    Cons

    College hiring only started in earnest 2013, vast percentage of workforce over 40, revolving door for executive suite, constant re-organization of teams, short-term focus

    Advice to Management

    Get over the next 3 months, put more emphasis on the long term business. Keep promoting the achievers!


  3. Helpful (2)

    R&D Integration and Mfg Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering and Project Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering and Project Management in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    • Fast-paced, well-defined HR support programs including internal training programs for professional development, health insurance, and employee assistance programs. • Major facilities include cafeteria, on-site gyms (single membership fee reimbursed) with personal trainers and classes, basketball courts, and walking trails. • Management cares and is engaged with and supports employees.

    Cons

    • Semiconductor industry is cyclical and involuntary separations are inevitable. Involuntary Separations typically occur mid-year and end of year (May-Jun and Dec). • Global business - requires evening conf calls/web conf.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Freescale employees as top priority throughout negotiations for the merger with NXP.


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  5. System engineer

    Current Employee - TX - Texas in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - TX - Texas in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    flexibility, nice working environment, good colleagues

    Cons

    many old people forced to leave

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    Changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Park, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, lots of people who tried to do the right thing for the company. Good products. If you live in South Austin or Oak Hill it's a great location.

    Cons

    People who have been there forever are not open to change. Business units are segmented which causes unnecessary waste. North Austin location closed down.

    Advice to Management

    No advise- Management has changed, I wish them luck.


  7. Good Balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, Open door policy, Good work/life balance, Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy, HQ and all management in Austin which creates a disconnect with Sillicon Valley


  8. Helpful (1)

    Honest Suggestions

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer II in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very experience engineers all round. Very friendly environment to work work in and people are very patient in helping you with your tasks.

    Cons

    Moving to Austin was difficult and trying to adapt to a culture different from mine. Merging with NXP may lead to massive layoffs within the various ranks in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the new college grads hire and training programs. Increase vacations days and also enable people to carry over more vacation hours over to the next year.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Human Resources

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive work environment, lots of growth opportunities, good pay, great work life balance

    Cons

    Organization is hesitant to change much when it comes to systems, could be more efficient


  10. Helpful (2)

    Old-fashioned Command-and-Control Has Got to Go

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -used to be a fun, creative place to work and innovate -location is good, and depending on your group, the people are fantastic -benefits are stellar -Greg Lowe actually cared about the employees, though see below about the TI culture he brought with him -NXP merger makes the future exciting if you are in strategically valuable divisions

    Cons

    -chronically under-resourced and overworked since 2008, though the fresh-out hires are helping to reinvigorate the culture -some divisions are very old-fashioned, with a command-and-control approach that is at odds with the young, hip, innovative image that the company is trying to sell to the outside. If you are actually young, hip, and innovative, be careful. You might not enjoy the work if you end up in one of the more stodgy, hierarchical divisions that are more reminiscent of old-school TI than old Motorola (where we used to get to spend 10% of our time doing our own scientific research). Your arm will get strong from saluting, so there's that!

    Advice to Management

    Be very deliberate about which programs and markets you wish to enter, then fund those areas to win. Funding for mediocrity in order to meet short term financial goals erodes morale and innovation. It may mean shutting down some divisions, but that's better than the death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach that's been employed thus far.


  11. Helpful (1)

    senior engineer

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    Former Employee - C4 Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - C4 Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good stock performance. nice colleagues

    Cons

    unstable, old people are forced to leave.



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