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Microsemi Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
84 Reviews
2.6
84 Reviews
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Microsemi President, CEO, and Director Jim Peterson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, meritocracy, compensation is good (when the company does well) (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits, macro managing, nice employees, lots of freedom (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • If you are not a friend or family of upper management, you will never be promoted (in 6 reviews)

  • Working long hours, unreasonable expectation (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Full of opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Business Development in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, meritocracy, compensation is good (when the company does well). The company is many ways still resembles a start-up in its nimbleness, but with the advantages of the much larger company it is,

    Cons

    Some of the systems received from several acquisitions could be merged faster, to increase agility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Execute on plans

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very dysfunctional company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Provides competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Management is not organized and not able to provide clear direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you are acquired, think it carefully.

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

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

    Pros

    Just opinions:

    -Access to a lot of technology, hardware and people
    -Lots of equipment.
    -Lots of things to learn
    -Military parts and contracts are very profitable.
    -Huge company.
    -OK benefits
    -Pretty good at acquisitions from an execution point of view.
    -Your time and seniority counts even if you are acquired.
    -Shutdown during the end of the year
    -Company events are good
    -There is nice people around.
    -Good work and balance
    -If you like military contractors, then it would be a great fit.

    Cons

    Just opinions, nothing is stated as facts:

    -Very low integration of all the companies they acquired.
    -Very low 401K matching
    -Very low educational opportunities
    -Does not seem to be much organic growth, they seem to grow by acquisition.
    -Acquisition will be fast once they show at the door (first 24hrs.), a bit draconian for employees (following 24hrs).
    -If you survive there will be an offer on a table (nothing more, nothing less) along with the offers of your fellow survivors. Everybody will be in a room and on the same boat.
    -Engineering does not seem to be fully appreciated.
    -The only reasonable way around would be to be part of upper management and make sure the company is profitable at the moment of the acquisition.
    - Kind of hard to achieve a 65% return on investment, not applicable to all markets.
    -HR seems quite aggressive, any comment not praising the company likely to be considered hostile.
    -Most extra benefits are not pro-rated, either you stay the whole fiscal year or you get nothing.
    -IT seems also very control oriented.
    -If you report to the Canadian side, does not seem to be flexible. Reports every week on how projects are going.
    -Budget seems to be tightly controlled, everything likely to be seen as an expense rather than an investment.
    -Sort of hard to figure out accounting when every check comes with the name of a different company rather than Microsemi.
    - Keeping motivated is a bit problematic when higher up management does not stand up for the people that work below them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Value your engineers and key contributors more during acquisitions.
    -Not everything that happened was due to higher ups.
    -Find a way of retaining technical people.
    -Flexible IT works better for design engineers.
    -Not all markets have a 65% ROI
    -Learn a bit from other companies that buy companies.
    -Understandable that you need you reduce head count, but there are better and gradual ways of dealing with it.
    -Morale is usually way down during acquisitions.
    -Avoiding making waves, not standing up for people and doing bad hiring decisions are easy ways to lose good contributors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A new Microsemi

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Ability to show leadership qualities
    Very interactive Management

    Cons

    Need challenging state of art projects to compete
    Lot of prodcut ideas but need to materialise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management has shown a lot of promise
    Keep supporting in future will be good for employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    RIF's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    My group worked 24 hours several days to meet a management deadline, not the customers! We also worked through holidays.

    Cons

    We all were laid off and we all got better jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doesn't matter, they won't listen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good company to work for @ Hyderabad

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

    I worked at Microsemi full-time

    Pros

    compensation and culture is great

    Cons

    heavy work load mostly through out the time

  8.  

    From Great to bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Operator in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Test Operator in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    The best thing is the people.
    Friendly atmosphere and a lot of company events.
    Good benefits.
    Plenty of overtime if you wanted.

    Cons

    Plenty of overtime you don't want.
    Dated machines that fail constantly, causing unreasonable seven day a week, mandatory over time for several weeks at a time.
    No recognition for hard work.
    Forced to use vacation during holiday shutdowns.
    Congratulated at company meeting for meeting quarterly and yearly goals met and then having our annual raises put off for year and a half while management received bonuses.
    A lot of politics. If you know someone or related to management, you move up. If you don't, it doesn't matter how much more productive you are. (Example: three promotions in five years for one managers family member).
    I've seen some of the most unproductive, do nothing, sit around talking people, get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider having one on one with employee's with complete amnesty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    If you are acquired run away very quickly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Free soda.
    This thing wants 5 words at least but there are not 5 pros to list.

    Cons

    This company buys old obsolete technology and tries to market it differently in the hopes that people won't notice it's 10 years out of date.

    Poor management with little understanding of reality.

    Unhealthy focus on a 60% margin.

    Foolish acquisition policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Actel

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsemi

    Pros

    It's like a family business so you know most people you work with. Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Limited career advancement and leaders are lack of vision for a profitable company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make profit

  11.  

    Opportunity for variety and growth.

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

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

    Pros

    I work in a fast-paced division in San Jose CA with an excellent management team. Good communication on goals and priorities. Opportunities to work on varied projects. Attention is given to training and career growth.

    Cons

    Culture varies across divisions and departments. Raise the bar across the board. Merit increases should be consistently annual, and adjusted per market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think strategically. Focus on retaining talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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