Microsemi

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Microsemi Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
90 Reviews
2.4
90 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.  

    Good place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsemi

    Pros

    Sign in bonus. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Hard to move ahead. Easy to get laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees.

  2.  

    Very positive, I learned and developed a lot as an engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Microsemi as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great working cubes, plenty of space, lab equipment organized. Gym facilities are decent and lots of room.

    Cons

    No cafe. Management is profit oriented and makes decisions as such. technical staff may suffer as a result.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Regret

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

    I worked at Microsemi full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Hard working engineers and technical staff.

    Cons

    • Lack of integrity
    • Broken salary promise of 5% raise
    • Layoff prior to stocks maturity in order not to pay
    • Management unethical behavior

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Release all Senior Vice Presidents (VPs), VPs, Directors and Senior Managers and start with a culture where integrity is the measure to the company success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Operation Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsemi

    Pros

    Perks are fair. Comany values are good.

    Cons

    Office Culture may be used improvements.

  6.  

    Microsemi Cheap and horrible management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Beverly, MA

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

    Pros

    Interesting product line
    Most workers are great to work with and are talented
    Nice diversity in products
    They have a TV in the cafeteria

    Cons

    They are just an acquisition company looking for todays' dollar with no planning for the future.
    Upper management can't manage the finances so they cheat the books and proclaim financial goals not reached to eliminate all bonuses to all workers. Now the lawyers are involved.
    Upper management are a bunch of jokers with no class or professionalism, good old boys club can't be touched.
    Constant plant shutdowns because they can't make the numbers work so they make you use all your vacation when they want and not when you want. Policy is 2 weeks vacation if hired but they make you take 3 weeks off for plant shutdowns. How is that even possible, you can borrow vacation until next year, rinse and repeat.
    Newly hired mid management come from notorious horrible management failed companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employee's voice and correct management style to obtain morale back.
    Give proper reviews with pay raises.
    Fire all upper management and replace with innovative trustworthy people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't do it

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

    I have been working at Microsemi

    Pros

    Most of the people are good, it's a big company so you don't have to deal with upper management much

    Cons

    Underpaid; their goals arent realistic, they don't treat their employees well. Unappreciative. Overtime is expected. HR pretty much doesn't exist. You'll only move up if you're willing to sell your soul

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Full of opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are acquired, think it carefully.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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