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Freescale Semiconductor Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
632 Reviews
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Freescale Semiconductor President & CEO Gregg Lowe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In most sitesorganizations managers were very flexible in terms of telecommuting, work-life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • Smart people, creating cutting edge technologies in a great work environment (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Global company, you work 24 hours a day and weekends; no work life balance," (in 16 reviews) (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Overall decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    New technology. Very sharp colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance.
    Salary below industry average.

  2.  

    Great Job, Great Boss, Great Rewards

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Package Design & Signal Integrity in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Package Design & Signal Integrity in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    The work culture is very encompassing and welcoming.
    The senior members are more than happy to share their knowledge to the interns and new grads.
    Training is impeccable and all resources needed are provided promptly.
    And the HR team goes out of its way to make the interns feel welcomed.

    Cons

    None from an interns perspective.
    The compensation however varies by a big factor for grad and under grad students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Salesmen don't care about progress creators

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    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Can't get the jon anywhere else.

    Cons

    No good health insurance and year after year getting worse The same insurance AETNA: now compare Costco vs. Freescale Semi. and you will se who cares to retain and hire valuable employees.
    Pitiful contribution to 401(k).
    Shameful PTO - try to get into problems with family health - you are disposable for them.
    Regrettably - new CEO (in his core - a salesman) has no clue how scientists and cerebral people work - he ordered firing of people who do tele-commuting and talks I=with disrespect about those who must telecommute because they are forced to work 24/24 hrs with teleconferences and meetings around the globe.
    Current CEo has no proper regard for higher education - he thinks he is the proof that salesman are beat doctorates.
    Freescale is not paying for professional development or education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start appreciating people who make Freescale - the salesmen are only important when you have substandard product to sell. The customers of Freescale (particularly those from Europe) are not idiots - they actually dislike salesman.
    Start paying better, start sharing the income. The shareholders are not making this company - they just use it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate version of "Survivor"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Management in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, and the company is starting to pay bonuses again. Greg Lowe is a strong leader and brought in a strong management team (with some exceptions) and seems to have ended the "horizon inversion" over the past 10+ years (where senior executives had quarterly view and employees had a long term view).

    Cons

    Still has the Warring tribes and Silo mentality from the Motorola Semiconductor days. Shrinking sales (half of 2000 levels) and large debt load lead to low investment and routine layoffs.

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

    Difficult But Improving

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    • Culture & Values
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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and be challenged. Great people. This CEO seems to actually care about the company and is trying very hard to improve the culture from the austerity and gloom of the period following the recession. Health benefits are stellar. It's not common knowledge, but Mayo Clinic Rochester and M.D. Anderson are considered in-network (though that may change next year). Pay is ok, but the people and the benefits have made it worth it for me.

    Cons

    Severely understaffed. People are worked until the point of burnout--we were severely reduced in size to survive the 2008 downturn, and people are still scarred from the difficulty of that time. (Having a lot of new fresh outs helps that now!) Some areas are funded for mediocrity when management should either fund them to win or get out of the business. Lip-service is given to resource management that could alleviate some of these problems, but it is treated more as a matter of hegemony and control rather than a well-funded, corporate initiative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I appreciate the efforts that you have made to improve the culture, from the top down. Having the Discovery Labs, for example, is fantastic. However, this is necessary but not sufficient for improving the culture of innovation. It is a bit naive to fund small pockets of innovation while working the rest of the company half to death. Many more people would be creative if every project were funded just a bit more generously, so people could actually take the time to interact, brainstorm, and create without feeling like they are running from one fire to another with no end in sight. This type of resource management may show profit on an Operations Review slide somewhere, but it creates frictional losses and degrades the culture of cooperation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to for entry level engineers

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

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

    Pros

    Good company, good technology, good engineers with lots of experience

    Cons

    Too defensive management, Difficult to get promotions, and too much politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aggressive, promote talented people not vocal people

  8.  

    Heading in the right direction, but biased against older employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Improved performance and better direction.

    Cons

    Too much debt. Tend to shed older employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineering in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineering in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I loved how I was brought on as an Engineering Intern and given a real task to complete. I was initially hired on for one role, and then was transferred to another position that was a better fit for me. The CEO (Gregg Lowe) is improving the company tremendously as well.

    Cons

    Everyone is given a very specific role because it is such a large company, so often times you may have to try multiple people to find the best answer to your problem (which is good too because there are many people to ask).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved everything about my experience. Definitely appreciated the emphasis that school comes first while doing my summer/fall co-op and taking a full load of courses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Work culture makes it convenient to handle the crunch times.

    Cons

    Time management needs to be worked upon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing great benefits, but mundane work place.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great PTO days
    Free gym membership
    community service hours are PAID for by the company
    great work life balance and flexibility
    401k benefits

    Cons

    personal growth is difficult depending on your job. a lot of politics that comes along with any decently sized company. very little training for the expectations required.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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