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Freescale Semiconductor Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
629 Reviews
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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.  

    One of the worse Company's to work for

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, vacation and 401K plan.

    Cons

    No opportunities at all. If you are not an engineer in this company, then you are considered nothing. The managers couldn't manage their way out of an open paper bag. I had a manager tell me he didn't pay me to think (really). Their saying was we have always done it this way before so why change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this company expects to survive they need to be able to compete in a global environment. This means they will have to adjust their processes. Also they may want to look into doing a rotational program for business graduates, not just engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not a place for new college grads

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Life is a bit laid back. One can incorporate many other activities in daily schedule besides work.

    Cons

    Bad place for new college grads.. Managers do not have experience to train new college grads. Managers need to think for future than getting small short term goals done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better managers who are more interactive with their team and know how to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Extremely intelligent workforce....there are very smart individuals at Freescale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits
    Nice workout/fitness facility

    Cons

    Training
    Management is unavailable for assistance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and they will invest in you.
    Make an effort to get to know your employees and be available.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    State of the art electronics design and testing

    Cons

    Still some of the Motorola stigma from some of the former Mot personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for cross departmental training and development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a good and learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Slot Attendant in San Jacinto, CA
    Former Employee - Slot Attendant in San Jacinto, CA

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

    Pros

    met a lot of nice people

    Cons

    wrong people were always promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they have been with the company for years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for a career

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

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

    Pros

    Great positive momentum both in the market and in corporate culture. Good mix of internal and external hires and nice focus on recent graduate hiring. Internet of things is a hugely exciting growth potential.

    Cons

    Cyclical semiconductor market creates an ugly ebb and flow of expense pressures. Still some pockets of old and slow Motorola culture that haven't been refreshed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward with new culture and leadership refresh to gain openness and nimbleness throughout the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company for the time there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    People, compensation, benefits, flexibility, location, travel opportunities, mobile device management, more features accessible via cloud, innovation, HR, 401K

    Cons

    Politics, semiconductor business cycles, consistency between business units, already reorganizing, relative performance, competition, preferential to corporate headquarters, prefers younger employees, growing cost reduction pressure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RF Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - RF Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great place for work, lots of learning opportunities. People are always open for help. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Management hierarchy is unclear. Chance of getting exploited. Deadlines are pretty short sometimes requiring long working hours to finish up the projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    For what it is worth, they promote the BS types. Not the people who do the actual work. The engineering staff sucks.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    If you can BS on a full time basis. This is the place to work. The supervisors will eat it up. There is no connection between actual productivity and performance evaluation. But if you are a total slacker and run your yap, you will be promoted. Regardless of your actual qualifications.

    Cons

    I have had only 2 or 3 supervisors over the 18 years I have worked for Motorola/Freescale with post secondary education. See above. Freescale makes very bad hiring/promotion decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a formal education at a tier 1 university. UT-Austin is just down the road for crying out loud. I did it, you can too.

    Lose the PC/Diversity/Envirowhacko crap. It is annoying, and counter productive. This crap came from Stalin himself you morons. Let's make money. Devise a system to track actual performance to eliminate the BS'ers from the equation.

    Do we really have to wait for an employee to scrap a quarter million dollars of product to fire them? Really? I own every production record in every module across four factories. Zero scrap. We are talking almost 19 years here. Tell me again why I am not promoted?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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