NXP Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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NXP President and CEO Rick Clemmer
Rick Clemmer
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Pros
  • As an European employer, NXP has great work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • good working environment with nice colleagues (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Cost cutting on the cards , LAYOFFS ON THE CARDS - Beware (in 4 reviews)

  • Middle management stuck forever in same function (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    good experiences

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NXP

    Pros

    Good culture, good people, good product team

    Cons

    engineers work very long hours...

  2. Helpful (2)

    Europe BL Controlled

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at NXP full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    1. Flex hours and decent pay because Europe centric with their 3 months vacation per year
    2. Be in BL & BU , and you are the King & Queen of NXP
    3. Be in Rick's MT level and you can harass anyone for your $Ms benefits and anything your way with all others need to bow to you
    4. Make many meetings and presentations session then you can go up career fast, and don't need to waste time knowing any real knowledge. I got promoted by such.

    Cons

    1. Be in the shrinked Ops like a US postal man level of competance nowaday, or the dismantled Corp RnD that lasted less than a year of fake shows
    2. Not in BU & BL, then you are the colonized slaves and prostitutes for the imperialism
    3. Shallow technical MTs nowadays that depend on spinning powerpoints for recognition
    4. Today's growth is using aged old IP respinned for new use. No new capability as a high tech company

    Advice to Management

    Sell your $Ms share and spin out companies as your dream comes true. For employees, just be the spinning door for your masters.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Building a solid career here is quite difficult and beyond the reach of most engineers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and the work is somewhat unstructured. Your boss does not control all of your time if you are an engineer. At one point, independent work on patentable ideas was encouraged. The work can be challenging, with interesting projects, if you are so lucky as to get one.

    Cons

    The benefits and pay are below average. If your group vice president does not like you or your work, you will be fired, rather than offered the opportunity to improve. There is no training or career path development. If you are not fired, you will be stuck in one job the entire time you are employed there. There are no promotions or growth opportunities. For engineers, the tools are below average and the availability of servers is way below average.

    Advice to Management

    Lead people, don't bully them. Provide opportunities for professional growth and development. Give your people the chance to make the right mistakes. If you fire everyone who has made a mistake, soon no one will be working there and no one will want to.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good products, good people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer

    I worked at NXP full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    NXP has good products; they need to broaden some of the product lines. Most of the people are good, stand-up folks and enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    During my tenure, the communication flow was bottoms up instead of top down as I thought it should be; very frustrating- too much time spent writing reports for upward communication.

    Advice to Management

    More downward communication to inform employees of direction of the company and products.

  6. Great company to start your career!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Engineers here are typically older which has it's disadvantages for a younger person, but also means that they all have wealth of knowledge to give out. Work environment is very collaborative and flexible. Salary for a person fresh out of college was better than expected.

    Cons

    Benefits seem to be more expensive than other places, no stock options in the job offer, different business lines are segmented off so you will work in the same building as people everyday but never meet them (though this is probably true for any bigger company).

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better. Upper management seems to show interest on improving things but there can be better communication.

  7. Great Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer() in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Test Engineer() in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at NXP full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are Friendly, working hard, and very smart. Highly likely growing company. The working pace is reasonable.

    Cons

    The management teams care nothing but money. And benefits and compensations are quite disappointing.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Smart engineers, confused investors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NXP full-time

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

    Pros

    great technology and passionate engineers

    Cons

    stock options turned out to be less than attractive

  9. Company at the end of a transition from large relaxed European corporate to PE owned to Publicly traded.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Technologically deep
    - Getting to be a strong business oriented culture - thanks to PE ownership
    - Focusing on markets which fit the european mindset now
    - Good people orientation (till 2010 - not sure now)
    - Good work life balance (till 2010 - not sure now)

    Cons

    - Europe centric decision making, lots of power point paper tigers
    - PE ownership has destroyed a lot of the old culture and values of the company
    - Any cuts always get made in USA first and Europe second
    - PEs constantly meddle at corporate HQ with new ideas and initiatives leading to lots of overload

    Advice to Management

    Think less about returns to PE and more about long term future of the company and its people

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great group of colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    NXP has provided a very good work environment for over 10 years.
    Automotive division is very strong.
    Professional work environment
    Customers like NXP because we are reliable.

    Cons

    Current direction is unclear due to the Investment firm equity groups that are linked to the company.
    General cuts across the board have made plenty of work for the rest of the employees. Strategic hiring may be the result of the general cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Company strong.
    Keep bonus compensation realistically achievable.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Greed Beyond Belief

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

    I have been working at NXP

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

    Pros

    Pay scale is at a reasonable level.

    Cons

    Soul-less owners (KKR). They will sell and do anything to maximize profits. They say they care about employees but their actions speak louder than words. Employees mean nothing unless you can maximize their profits and you are gone the second your usefulness is complete. They will not even match 401K benefits even though they made a profit. There is no job opportunity nor training budget. At least Philips made good profits with a soul.

    Advice to Management

    Sell NXP to someone else that cares about the human race instead of your next quarters stock payouts.

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