Freescale Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 2, 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. IP Design Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with are easygoing and friendly, and very knowledgeable. A fairly secure market in automotive means the company is not going away any time soon.

    Cons

    The typical big-company atmosphere of fear and paranoia caused by the non-transparent employee rating system, seemingly constant layoffs. No one there is hiring now due to the uncertainty from the impending merger with NXP.

    Advice to Management

    Reign in the excessive quality control metrics taking and checklisting, and innovate within your key market areas. Don't rest on laurels and rely so much on reuse. Make it a fun place to work.


  2. Top down style micromanagment

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    Former Employee - Clean Room Operator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Clean Room Operator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The state of the technology is above average

    Cons

    No promotion, nobody cares about your skill or education achievements , you are gonna be managed by managers or supervisors who have no idea about semiconductor science and technology ( especially if you work in the fab as operator)

    Advice to Management

    Kick out all those brainless supervisors


  3. Helpful (2)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Not worth it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary. Regular reviews.

    Cons

    Freescale wants everything. They are a global company and expect their employees on 24-7, taking meetings at 9 at night or 3 in the morning, but then can retaliate if you try to have work-life balance during normal working hours. Layoffs happen often and remaining employees are expected to double and triple their workload to make up for the missing employees. During my tenure there, three people in their 30s-40s died from heart related problems. The stress is real.

    Advice to Management

    Have respect for your employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Operator review

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    Current Employee - Operator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Operator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My co-workers are for the most part really good people including the leads and supervisors. Rotating 3-12hr work days with 4-12hr work days, basically you Work 14days a month. Good benifits if you can ever get hired permanent.

    Cons

    Under paid!!!! This is a multi billion Corp. that has operators who have been with them 20+yrs that are barely making, and in some cases not making $20hr. The hiring process for permanent employees is in my opinion horrible. There is a revolving front door of good people leaving because they can't get hired on.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't take a year to figure out if an employee is going to be good. You should easily have a firm grasp on an employees competency in 6 months max. If you hire the good ones and keep them from leaving it would cut down drastically on the revolving door syndrome.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Inter-department back stabbing, poor management, great benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freescale has GREAT benefits and pretty solid salaries. Headquartered in Austin is pretty great too.

    Cons

    They have a term at FSL called "throwing someone under the bus". It happens constantly. Departments don't work as teams, they often blame one another for mistakes. There isn't much accountability. Marketing is in shambles with no real leadership of what is going on and they don't have an understanding of the job. Poor managers greatly outnumber the great ones. Poor managers can ruin your career rapidly here, even if you have been a top performer at every other company you work for. Management often has no idea what you do. Zero understanding of your job. If you are good at educating them and setting boundaries without offending them you will do very well. If you are lucky, you'll get an amazing boss who gets it. Usually amazing management leaves burnt out or gets thrown under the bus by another manager.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  8. Helpful (2)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (3)

    Talented people to work with, but extremely overworked

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Freescale Semiconductor, learning a lot about processor technology. The hours were flexible (since they were almost unlimited anyway). The salary and benefits were competitive.

    Cons

    Due to severe competitive pressures, the company kept cutting the workforce. Everyone was overloaded with work, and performing functions well beyond what they originally may have planned to do (e.g. systems engineers became tactical marketers performing pricing while still doing their systems work!) Overloaded with work would be an understatement. I was constantly logged in on evenings and weekends as there was just too much work to do with too few people.


  11. Helpful (3)

    A storied company that lost its way

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, independence, wide range of activities, experiences, good facilities, workout room, campus

    Cons

    Compensation, constant re-orgs, change in strategy, management, an onerous debt that was taken on to fund an outrageous LBO

    Advice to Management

    Focus.



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