Microsemi Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Microsemi President, CEO, and Director Jim Peterson
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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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  1. An interesting place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsemi

    Pros

    Reasonable pay in semiconductor industry.
    Opportunities to be involved in various aspects of a project and to interact with different groups at different locations.

    Cons

    It's a big company but made of many different divisions acquired over the time. Even one division could be spread across multiple sites. There are politics among those groups at different sites. Feel the product development cycle is too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on looking for differentiators in products. Reduce bureaucracy. Improve executions.

  2. Toxic Leadership, thus toxic team members allowed.

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    Former Employee - Test Department in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Test Department in Bend, OR

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging and rarely boring. Engineers are nice to work for and with.

    Cons

    Toxic leadership allows toxic employees to infiltrate and make for unhealthy relationships. Long term tolerance of Toxic behaviors and bullying. Read the book: Toxic Workplaces: Managing Toxic Personalities and Their systems of Power, this will explain the atmosphere to expect. Game players are welcome, leadership is gullible. Back stabbing the norm. Many people very, very unhappy there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the book: Toxic Workplaces: Managing Toxic Personalities and Their systems of Power, this will explain what needs to change if this is going to be a long term good place to work. Get a no tolerance rule for toxic behaviors. Learn to realize when someone is "playing" you, stabbing their co-workers in the back, they have manipulated you so that they can get by with a lot of bad work ethics. They may seem friendly and funny...but that is their mask...beware.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 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.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Corrupt mgmt with no direction or control. All out of ideas so out on buying spree of other companies.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I worked at Microsemi

    Pros

    Nice office and secretaries and nice building but not much more

    Cons

    dishonest senior mgmt (good old buys club with major perks that abuse company funds)
    no future plans to grow business organically
    cut throat layoffs and short fused approaches to everything
    unable to retain any talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to re-consider your place at this company and let it go. allow for new talent to drive the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. IT Support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsemi

    Pros

    Large company, great benefits, good place to get skills and experience on resume.

    Cons

    Micromanagers, Company always buy out other small companies and get rid off non-productive or made no revenue on the sheet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retaining a good employees that will grow with the company in long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Very positive, I learned and developed a lot as an engineer

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Regret

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    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
  9. 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.

  10. Microsemi Cheap and horrible management

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    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
  11. Don't do it

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    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

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