Freescale Semiconductor Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Interesting times ahead

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good challenging work
    great work life balance

    Cons

    no or few benefits
    no specific roadmap,tends to change too often


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not worth it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  3. engneer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good culture, flexible working time

    Cons

    not quite sue the cons,

    Advice to Management

    no advice to the management


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Operator review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Operator in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Product Development Engineering

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flexible work hours
    on-site gym, volleyball, basketball, soccer
    ability to work off-site
    short commute if you live in South Austin

    Cons

    recently lay-offs
    poor employee development/opportunities
    long commute if you live in North Austin

    Advice to Management

    employee development


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good Company, Moving Engineering Overseas

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Competitive compensation
    - Strong product portfolio
    - Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    - Continually laying off US engineers and moving design work overseas
    - Uncertainty due to merger with NXP


  8. projects managent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    freescale has talented people working in various are of projects. work environment is good, tool, flow methodologies are solid as per the project need

    Cons

    freescale semi needs better management handling projects. things are not organized as per the projects go. they have talents but needs to be more planned.

    Advice to Management

    freescale needs better management, organize the whole project planning better, opening new locations in north austin would be even better, lost a lot of talent due to the move in south.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Inter-department back stabbing, poor management, great benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 5 years)

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

    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.


  10. A great company on the rise

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and offers many perks - free onsite gym with exercise classes, 5% 401k match, good health plan, and generous paid time off.

    Cons

    Uncertain future for employees given recent merger announcement. Entire employee base other than directors and above moved into gray cubicles in last two years.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyed the people and job, but things are changing.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Chandler, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    - Good people who care about what they do and the people they work with.
    - Interesting work.
    - Good pay and benefits.
    - Global organization which has contributed positively more than subtracted.
    - Telecommuting supported.

    Cons

    - Global organization which can mean early mornings to meet with people to the east and late nights to meet with people to the west -- sometimes on the same day and with the same people.
    - Many, many reorganizations and management changes and when you are caught between them you are out the door. Reductions routinely occur 4-8 times a year.
    - Headquartered, for the moment, in Austin, Texas. If you are somewhere else in the United States expect to be marginalized in any reorganization.
    - Freescale is being bought out by NXP, a Dutch company. Statements made during the merger announcement claim $200 million in projected savings in the first year. One can expect a large portion of that to be people based on "normal" post-merger behavior.



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