International Rectifier Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at International Rectifier full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance, average benefits,

    Cons

    personal growth is limited, training is limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Its a job....

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    Current Employee - Equipment Technician in Temecula, CA
    Current Employee - Equipment Technician in Temecula, CA

    I have been working at International Rectifier full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, overtime available if the demand for product is there. Pretty stable company to work for.

    Cons

    New management has a knee jerk reaction to any problem that may arise. There to quick to make what they think is the right decision when if they would give it more time and thought plus get input from the people that do the actual work things could run a little smoother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    It's a job.......but for how long?

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    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician III in Temecula, CA
    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician III in Temecula, CA

    I have been working at International Rectifier full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    401K match is OK, built in OT for shift workers, night shift diff of 10% and due to a shortage of technicians there is plenty of additional OT.

    Cons

    There are so many......
    -Management is out of touch with what is going on.
    -Engineers have no idea how to perform the jobs where they are supposed to be the experts. -Managers are appointed by the buddy that they were "pulled behind" since they have all been working together for years.
    -There is nearly ZERO chance of advancing your career within this location.
    -Technicians are treated poorly and are expected to be miracle workers on outdated equipment with nowhere near the resources available to rebuild/refurb what should have been decommissioned a decade ago.

    Even with the mass exodus of talent running out the door, there is no sign from the upper management that they know there is a problem. Too many people bury their heads in the sand to avoid looking for solutions to the problems and wonder why things don't change.

    If things don't turn around fairly quickly, the majority of the company's manufacturing will be done in foundry's or overseas and not at this location. Quality is suffering from years of mismanagement and employee neglect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of actual leadership at this location is heartbreaking. When I started with this company it had a very bright future and I couldn't have asked for a better place to work. Over the last 3-4 years, the quality of personnel appointed to "leadership" positions has declined to such a low point that many of us are being pushed out by their sheer incompetence. Invest in the people that can make a positive difference. Train or replace "managers" that are out of touch with the people they are supposed to set an example for, mentor and lead. Stop allowing people to move from one position into another just because he's so-and-so's buddy and he's worked there forever. There is a larger pool of qualified people working here that are being held back because they are not in the "in crowd", haven't worked there 15+ years or worked with someone for years at other locations. Get rid of the mismanagers that are souring the workforce before it is too late to turn this site around. There are people that actually care about this location and could do a lot of good that are looking for employment elsewhere. Rather than continuing the current spiral downward, start replacing engineers and managers that are only interested in the ability to put a different title on their resume for the next job offer.

    Start actually enforcing site and company policy. There are a lot of good "rules" on the wall that are not enforced by the supervisors that could curb some of the resentment that is building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Don't work here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leominster, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leominster, MA

    I worked at International Rectifier full-time

    Pros

    Honestly, the only pro is the free hot chocolate.

    Cons

    The managers are terrible humans and don't care about the quality of the work as long as they make their numbers, therefor hiring temps constantly and letting them go. No chance of growth within the company. If you're not constantly kissing someone's butt you're put on a naughty list and treated poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great Place to work!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rectifier

    Pros

    Flexibility, Great People and Culture

    Cons

    Requires more Systems and resources.

  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Lots of highs and lows with no end in sight.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rectifier

    Pros

    Depending on the technology group you work in, OT is highly encouraged. 4-3, 3-4 work weeks with 12 hour shifts so you get a nice amount of built in OT.

    There are a lot of talented individuals in the ranks and most are willing share their knowledge if you know how to ask.

    Cons

    Required to take up to 4 days PTO per quarter due to lower than expected profits. Employees with less than 15 years at this company do not earn PTO fast enough to build a meaningful balance which would afford them the ability to take a real vacation.

    Raises are limited to your annual review cycle and some of the managers seem to feel like the money comes directly out of their pockets. Make sure any promise of a raise or promotion is in writing prior to acceptance, or you will never see it.

    Bonuses. First year with IR, objectives were met four quarters in a row. Next couple of years, no payouts to technicians, yet others in management were still rewarded, even though goals were not met. There is a new plan in place for this year so it could improve.

    Do not expect to move up. This site is all about who you know. If you haven't worked with someone in the inner circle before, you are very limited on ability to move up, even with 4-5 star revaluations and higher education.

    If you are a motivated and driven worker, you will be irritated by laziness and incompetence, especially with the way it is tolerated because an employee has "worked here forever". There has got to be a warehouse full of skeletons somewhere.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your employees are people. There are a lot of motivated individuals that enjoy working here that are planning their exits because you can't get it together. You keep promoting managers that bury problems and refuse to take action to ensure this site can reduce costs and increase profitability.

    30 year old equipment breaks. Spend the money to either overhaul what can be refurbished or replace it with better technology that can improve the bottom line. When scrap rates are high and not improving, it will save more money in the long run to spend a little more now. Sometimes a one year ROE just isn't a good business plan. This company will never hit it's ultimate cost per layer goals at this site if the techs have to continuously hold equipment together with paper clips, bubble gum and a prayer. (Figuratively of course)

    Stop "appointing" people to new positions when they fail at another one. Just because someone has been here forever, doesn't mean that they are the right person for the job. The "buddy hook-ups" are not good business practice and it's killing an already low morale. Unfortunately this practice is favored from the operator ranks to the director levels and there is no end in sight to the insanity.

    There is a complete disconnect in accountability preaching and practice. Some people are just not cutout to lead. They may be a great person, but the lack of consistent direction and ever changing priorities are driving talent away and costing the company money.

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place to start.

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    Current Employee - Cell Lead in Temecula, CA
    Current Employee - Cell Lead in Temecula, CA

    I have been working at International Rectifier full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start and learn about the industry

    Cons

    Has become very stagnant in recent years. Very limited opportunities to grow in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Very great

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    Former Employee - Product Quality Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Quality Engineer

    I worked at International Rectifier full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Spirit of Team work and respect

    Cons

    Lack of resources and Technology and future goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    prioritized resources

  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Mediocrity floats to the top

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rectifier full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, PTO, and benefits.

    Cons

    The place is chock full of skeletons and only those who know where the dead bodies are buried get the spoils.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talent, develop talent and inspire them so that they stay - even if they are not part of the "chosen" people who are only there and gaining in seniority because their only qualifications are that they know all the dark secrets (frequent restatements, lawsuits, etc., etc.).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Very stressful, not great pay, no job satisfaction or recognition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Temecula, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Temecula, CA

    I worked at International Rectifier full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual dress in the Temecula site.

    Cons

    The lack of leadership and direction combined with high turn-over between many layoffs, firing and people quitting causes an environment of fear and uncertainty. This also causes a lot of time spent pointing fingers and drama rather than working together on solutions. There is no room to grow and advance in the company even after taking on roles of others - unless you leave and come back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train middle-management to be better managers, create better acknowledgement and incentives and ways to promote from within. When Oleg came and spoke to our site he called us "champions ---- chumps and peons". This was to a crowd that had not received a raise or bonus in years. This sums up managements attitude towards their employees at IR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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