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Freescale Semiconductor Reviews in Tempe, AZ

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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Pros
  • In most sitesorganizations managers were very flexible in terms of telecommuting, work-life balance (in 76 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule for salaried employees, depending on manager (in 33 reviews)


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

  • It lacks senior management decision oriented approach (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great working environment

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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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    Good company to work for

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    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 for more than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    seems going out of the quandary

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

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great technological accumulation, smart and nice people
    nice work/life balance, flexible working hours
    targeted market is growing fast

    Cons

    large debt owed
    working culture varies vastly among different business groups
    some projects not well organized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people more as they would be the most valuable assets of the company.
    Don't always complain on other groups during cooperation, it does nothing helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Lots of Upward mobility, opportunities for advancement was there.

    Cons

    Sold to Freescale, did not remain in business. I did not get the opportunity to go to Freescale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loved the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finally after years of turbulance, this is a very refined company that is very enjoyable to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Each team's responsibility is actually being seriously considered. No longer are the days where design throws a marginal product over the fence and moves on to the next marginal product. We finally are designing products with DFT in mind, and manufacturing foresight. Management has been very supportive in encouraging bottom up intelligence.
    The quality of new management is very high with most having PHD's with the mindset to address very intricate issues that have been negatively impacting the company forever. They also are very good at backing off a bad idea. When the lower ranking employees revolt over a bad idea, they listen and make the intelligent decision. This never happened when the likes of Klaus were mismanaging the place.
    They have invested in mid-level marketing to get the word out to new customers that has resulted in exciting new prospects that have been filling the pipelines. The company has a startup atmosphere.

    Cons

    The company is constantly redefining itself so you never know how long the current vision is going to last. Any manufacturing that requires U.S. support is very thin on manpower. The amount of new paperwork in the future looks like a mountain of documentation. Hopefully this will be implemented with intelligence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current management has a great vision and execution plan. Hopefully we are planning for the long term. Keep listening to the rank and file. Some of the ideas look very risky and may need tweaking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great position, good coworkers and excellent opportunities. Good engineering challenges and interesting work.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Talented engineers and decent managers. Very few pointy haired managers (ala Dilbert) but there a few, as anywhere. Remember, those who can, do. Those who can't, manage.

    Cons

    They let you go when you reach 65, but they make it seem like you're not doing your job so you can't accuse them of age discrimination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing musical chairs every two years. Keep a VP in charge for more than 2 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    You could walk off the job and nobody would ever remember or care that you ever worked there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor

    Pros

    They don't micromanage you as long as you are not late on your project

    Cons

    Lack of excitement and thrill. The company is more of a "Let's get pumped to get the current management their multi-million dollar bonuses so they can get out of there in two to four years" culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop grinding up the remaining employees. We are so close to screeching to a halt because there are so few people working in the U.S. I can't see why anyone would go into the engineering profession anymore with the way the engineers are treated. There is no career investment / educational opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. Interesting technology and equipment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of career avenues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Worked on RF transceivers, its interaction with modem on 2G, 3G cellular

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    salary, work load, fellow engineers,

    Cons

    not competitive, exited cellular, promotion not fully merit based

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    work hard... work harder

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    base pay is pretty good

    Cons

    - total compensation is really bad, bonuses Stocks etc. not for the workers
    - Global company, you work 24 hours a day and weekends; no work life balance,
    - have to attend meetings and do reports while on vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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