Intersil Reviews in Milpitas, CA

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
81 Reviews
3.3
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Necip Sayiner
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Pros
  • Healthy & stable work environment, good people, small company with good benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, management helped employees perform better, very smart people to work with, good benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The stock price has not been increasing at a similar rate to competitors (in 7 reviews)

  • I don't think the new CEO would save this company (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and Good Work ethics

    Cons

    I don't see any concerns as of now.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Buying lots of companies and doing nothing with them

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Intersil full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    stock price is recovering
    some good people left

    Cons

    So many promising companies were purchased and then not well supported
    Recent market changes have forced some hurried decisions, leading to mistakes and finger-pointing
    Tons of the best people have found homes elsewhere
    The "homey" feeling of a couple of years ago is long gone
    The WORK-life balance can't be righted unless things can fall off the plate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize what talent you have left
    Your old boys club is too elitist
    You still have a number of product lines--use them to balance each other and create some flexibility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great mentors with much knowledge

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Intersil as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The mentor assigned to me was one of the best Test engineers in the company and is now a Product and Test Engineering manager. Learned the ins and outs of what is required to become a great Test engineer and learned great work ethic.

    Cons

    During my internship, the leadership was going through a transition with a new CEO so many things were being moved around and frantic but that was just the situation and not something that is going to last.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    New CEO is turning the company around

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Healthy & stable work environment, good people, small company with good benefits

    Cons

    Stagnant product lines, over dependence on PC market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring more design talent in key product lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice but somewhat Disorganized...not particularly innovative or a leader..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    lots of nice people in the place..pretty small in Milpitas..2 bldgs..you can get to know everyone..upper management is accesible...minimum of conflict...

    Cons

    It's disorganized...too many people at meetings..some really bad decision making processes...much of appears to be seat of the pants..innovation is low..lots of empty cubicles...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try not to have any more layoffs for awhile..morale is not that great

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    4 Years at Intersil

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    Current Employee - Staff Product Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Compnay for learning and opportunities

    Cons

    Lot of uncertainty and not sure about future

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Too many changes with no clear direction to turn the company around

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Intersil full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    nice facility, friendly coworker, competitive salary and benefit

    Cons

    too much politics, wasted money on the acquisitions, many layoffs, too many good people left

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    except for power management and general purpose products everything must go

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    New direction but can they compete in PMICs with generic turn-around template?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Intersil full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - new management is very clear on their new strategy, all employees know the plan
    - most top execs seem to be solid
    - recent quarter results good
    - 401k

    Cons

    - cut back too far in sales, mktg and apps, manufacturing.
    - many good, effective people gone or RIF'd.
    - PMIC market loaded with heavy weights. How will they design right device, deliver on time in a very competitive area? It hasn't been that case the last 6-7 years.
    - putting all emphasis on hiring designers for PMICs.
    - CEO communication style is based on plan clarity but is definitely not a motivational-based leader.
    - still has some execs from old Harris days that need to be replaced with newer, fresher idea managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - focus more on sales support, you've cut back too far.
    - "design it and they will come" strategy will not work, need more than a bunch of smart engineers to be successful.
    - you're in Silicon Valley, quit acting like an old, stoggy IC company from the 90's and make working at Intersil competitive with other leading companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intersil has squandered so much money buying expensive little companies that they could go under.

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Applications Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Intersil full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Intersil has great analog technology and they're by far the best at making rad hard products.

    Cons

    Intersil has spent BILLIONS of dollars buying companies with little or no revenue. After a while they get frustrated with the acquisition and shut it down. Now, after 7 big layoffs, there's no one left to do any actual work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the business you already have that makes money. Make the rad hard products your customers are begging for and exit the computing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The good people is leaving the dummies are staying. Recent stock bump is temporary (look at SLAB history).

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    A few good/smart people left in the company
    Average benefits
    There is a chance that the company will be sold off. This is good for those of us who have significant unvested equity.

    Cons

    New CEO (Necip Sayiner) has started a turnaround the wrong way by laying off the best people and keeping many incompetents. Several high profitability projects are risking significant delay and/or cancellation.
    New CEO keeps mentioning his past success in turnarounds, but if you dig a bit deeper those have been mainly failures.
    Don't trust what your manager says, because he probably is just guessing like everyone else.

    In Milpitas several design and test teams are very weak. The good teams are in NJ and the UK but I expect many people there to head for the doors.

    The company is focusing in PMICs (as is every other competitor who has significant more resources and are much better managed).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop believing what your design directors are telling you
    Stop following from way behind
    READ A TURNAROUNDS BOOK! You have made every mistake so far

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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