Freescale Semiconductor Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Very innovative although hampered by budget and slow business growth

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very innovative compared to their larger competitors. Good opportunities to move up if you show a lot of initiative

    Cons

    Highly political in some groups - transfer or leave - don't join in on the politics or you'll find you're too afraid to work anywhere else because now you've forgotten how to be succesful based on merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down hard on individual contributors and managers that play politics and window dress. It is the one thing that holds the company back immensely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. One of the best companies to work for

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    Former Intern - Process Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Process Design Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I could talk with anyone and everyone. Overall, an extremely friendly environment, and I recommend it for anyone wanting to try getting experience in the Semiconductor, Microcontroller, or Sensor industry.

    Cons

    I have nothing. Maybe the food was a little TOO good, or the people TOO friendly. Seriously...I have nothing bad to say about Freescale Semiconductor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. I had heard about the recent sale to NXP, and that will be interesting, but as far as I can tell there shouldn't be any major change in work culture (I hope). Keep on getting involved with the community, providing fun activities and benefits for your employees, and actively looking for new applications for your products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. good solid semiconductor company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    good leadership at the executive level
    highly skilled engineers and technologies

    Cons

    de-emphasizes experience. hiring new grads only

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    balance experience and new grads for staffing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Has been a good company but hard to move up within the company.

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    Current Employee - Process Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation. Am able to have off a lot of days due to having a compressed schedule. Immediate manager works well with the team. Able to also have onsite gym for free if you choose to use it.

    Cons

    Working holidays, not a lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees move up within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Productive experience. Learned alot

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    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Helpful peers. Compensation

    Cons

    No full time opportunities after internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Sr. Equipment engineering technician

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    Former Employee - Senior Equipment Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Equipment Technician in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    It's a great company to work for and great CEO in Gregg Lowe. The company is now making money and made the culture a much better place to work for.

    Cons

    Some old timers that doesn't do much work but gets rewarded for spending more time entertaining the supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top upper management but not so much in front line manufacturing supervisors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company with decent benefits

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    Offer reasonable work hours with opportunity to work from home on a limited basis. The two Austin sites are well kept and its a pleasant place to spend your working hours. The company has been doing much better financially over the last couple of years and the general attitude reflects that. There has been a lot of change in the managerial levels as well and a change in culture is slowly taking hold.

    Cons

    There are ongoing questions on how the company is going to be able to service the enormous debt acquired from when the company was purchased several years ago. Other than that they have the normal challenges of any semiconductor company with rapid turn over of products and the constant chase for new products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the middle managers I've dealt with are pretty short sited. They tend to be very good at knowing the right thing to say at the right time but not very gifted with actual leadership skills. Continue valuing your employees and empower them to think outside the box and you'll be surprised with the positive results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Had great potential but restructuring changed things

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive compensation, generally great people to work with, laid back corporate atmosphere, actively push employee health initiatives, onsite gym and cafeteria

    Cons

    Restructuring every year that leads to reduced resources, but new initiatives on top of current work. Silo'd business units make it hard to cross-sell. Bad management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the right, experienced people are promoted to management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company, poor work culture and frequent layoffs

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

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

    Pros

    Company has turned around its financials over the past two years with the coming of the new CEO. Family friendly events and employee participation has increased slightly. Work life balance is good, especially the work pressure is not that much.

    Cons

    Feels like working in the sahara desert. I worked there for a couple years and never got a friendly starter conversation from any of the colleagues. Managers do not even like to talk to other employees, work politics is superior than anything else. People have been working there for more than 20 years, company values have got rusted over this period of time, all they think about is their job security before working with the new guy. Poor work environment.

    Layoffs come every six months, i have seen new graduates getting laid off after an year of service. Bonuses are infrequent and salaries are not very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be more friendly and supportive especially to the new graduates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    Much room for growth and a great company culture.

    Cons

    No big negatives. Large size may be overwhelming at first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. Keep focusing on bringing in talent people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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