Freescale Semiconductor Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Old School Tech Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    Good work and life balance.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about your professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time on your people not just your strategic goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Some good, some bad

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

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    Lots of very talented and bright folks to work with. In my case compensation was slightly above a national average for my position.

    Cons

    Big company, with people making decisions at high levels who really don't understand the day to day difficulties sometimes encountered at the individual contributor level. Extremely high workload and multiple responsibilities for every one I knew, yet cuts continued to be made in staff for better 'efficiency'. Older 'more expensive' workers continue to be the bulk of reductions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Freescale review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    Cooperating colleagues and HR as well

    Cons

    There are no major negatives

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

    Company is trying to transform itself into a nimble company to improve gross margin.

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer IV in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Test Engineer IV in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits for vacation, relocation, health, ESPP, and 401K. Mediocre compensation but COL in AZ is much cheaper than East and West coast.. Good balance between work and life because workforce is in middle age.

    Cons

    People are very conservative and not willing to take risk. People lack motivation to solve technical issues. Very customer oriented at the expense of company resources. Engineers are complacent and do not take initiative to set aggressive goal and objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define goal and objectives for each department to meet at each stage of production. Set metrics for each department so that monetary bonus is rewarded based on achievement of these metrics.
    Set up department meeting to communicate both business and policy initiatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Once a great place to work, now in decline

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great, competent engineers to work with. You can learn much from some industry technical experts.

    Cons

    Many of the great reasons to work at Freescale are dismantled. Unrealistic schedules, sub standard engineering compute environment. Common tasks take 2-10 times longer than they did 18 months ago after the upgrade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are moving backwards! Change gears and pull forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Unstable company

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    Current Employee - Analog Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Analog Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    they got new CEO so now the work is more aggressive. More products with competence coming out.

    Cons

    They lay off people without any notice and that means disasters for H1Bs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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