Intersil Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good long term prospects (in 7 reviews)

  • Friendly work environment, flexible work time, great 401k with matching 6% (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • It appears to lack direction from the top down while looking for a new CEO (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management only care about keeping their cushy jobs safe and serving their own selfish interest (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good company overall, but a job in IT is not recommended

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Systems Analyst in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Lead Systems Analyst in Palm Bay, FL

    I worked at Intersil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has great focus and processes on the engineering and manufacturing side of the house. Innovation and forward thinking are embraced and rewarded. The culture and benefits of the company are a plus.

    Cons

    Intense focus on profit is good for the company in general, but not so good for the IT department. Constant pressure to cut costs and save money means every project or upgrade is scrutinized and every IT employee is expected to take on the load of multiple people in order to keep costs down. This leads to the company always being behind with regard to technology in comparison with others and with an IT staff of overworked and needlessly stressed employees who are often being micromanaged by IT Management at every turn. They do pay very well, but they will squeeze every last penny of production out of their IT staff, that is a guarantee.

    Advice to Management

    There is a better way. Hire competent management who empower knowledgeable IT workers to provide solutions to IT problems and do not micromanage them and require them to attend a multitude of meetings and present daily or weekly project updates, etc. Also, if you want that kind of detail, hire a dedicated Project Manager and allow the IT workers to actually do IT work. For the benefit of the company, invest in IT when and where it makes sense. Don't get caught supporting 5 or 10 year old software just because the budget wasn't there for it. It's hard to keep good IT workers if they know they will fall behind their peers by working for your company. Stay up with the upgrades and let the company and employees benefit as a result.


  2. Be ready to show off

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Intersil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, work-life balance in some departments, after hours Friday free stuff.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth, perception is everything, so get ready to show off!

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees who work hard and deserve to stay and be promoted. Don't get into acquiring tons of companies as you've done in the past. Because that means lay offs and thats what you have been doing and still do.


  3. Company

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

    I have been working at Intersil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good dedicated people who always go above and beyond job requirements.

    Cons

    Constant lay offs and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize the number of restructurings.


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  5. Company without any clear innovation or strategic vision. Just milking cash from its current products

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intersil full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Few key areas of Design are very strong

    Cons

    Executive Management, Risk Averse, No Innovation pipeline, Full of rejects from SiLabs

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company !


  6. Good work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intersil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    offer flexibility when you need it

    Cons

    not too much to say here


  7. Design Test Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Design Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Intersil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible -Decent benefits -Smart and hard working people

    Cons

    -ok pay -lots of internal changes and layoffs -hard to move to other department

    Advice to Management

    Invest for the future not just short term profit.


  8. Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intersil

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technically good people, good projects, management is friendly and easy to access to.

    Cons

    need to have more perks for the employees, compared to other companies in Silicon Valley, there is not much employee benefits


  9. Helpful (3)

    Power wanna be company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Design Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Intersil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable work life balance. Due to risky nature of the company the compensation takes into account the risk.

    Cons

    It is now run by people from Silicon Labs that is itself not a power company. The CEO has come from SiLabs and brought over his old guys who know nothing about the power devices market but pretend as if they are pros in doing it. At the project execution level it is a complete circus with incompetent people from SiLabs mis-managing the heck out of the projects. They are trying to compete in the highly competitive mobile power market but neither the old Intersil people nor the people from SiLabs have any experience or competence in this field. Their future in the mobile power market is not bright. It is and will remain a third tier catalog part type company and will not become a player in the mobile market.

    Advice to Management

    Get competent people from companies that you would want to be like and let them develop road maps based on what the market needs, not what the internal Intersil/SiLabs people with their third tier company mindset. In other words, learn from the competition as they are far ahead.


  10. I worked at multiple major semiconductor companies and Intersil has better work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Intersil full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Engineering driven company and open work environment.

    Cons

    Considering work environment at other semiconductor companies, I believe that design should be little more disciplined to make lesser errors. Will save a lot of R&D cost.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should trust their engineers and managers that they will make the right decision with Intersil interest in their mind.


  11. Long Term Employee Perspective

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intersil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary and benefits. Good place for a NCG to start. Multiple design locations allow the hiring of local talent outside of the Bay Area

    Cons

    Very poor management decisions concerning the strategic direction of the company and how to go to market. The strategies seemed to change every few years and most were never successful. Of all of the numerous acquisitions, only Zilker Labs had a degree of success. All others had no strategic impact and resulted in products that were defocused or discontinued. The company has too many divergent products with little synergy between product lines.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a long term strategy that makes sense and stick to it. Your competitors such as LTC and ADI did that decades ago and are quite successful in their chosen areas.



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