National Semiconductor
3.2 of 5 87 reviews
www.national.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Feb 15, 2014

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68% Approve of the CEO

National Semiconductor President & CEO & Chairman Donald Macleod

Donald Macleod

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good benefits; work life balance is encouraged within most groups"
    in 14 reviews
  • "very good company benefits and working environment"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor senior management over a decade has carved a hard rut to fill/fix for current management"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Upper management was always nontechical and that was a real negative"
    in 4 reviews
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Great company to work for!

Principal Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe people, the culture, the history, the leadership and the technical innovations...

ConsToo many layers of management.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and earn your salary.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company with good benefits and a great team.

Accountant (Former Employee)
South Portland, ME

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat team of staff and training was readily available.

ConsThe only downside (for many) was the required furloughs. I found these to be a welcome break over the holidays. Employees need to plan for this possibility.

Advice to Senior ManagementLove the welcome I received from everyone at the time of hire. The perks were good. Continue with the great communications to staff with big company meetings.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay for employees wo understate the working enviomenth

Senior Telecomm Teechnician (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay but culture so-so at times

ConsCulture for blacks so-so employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not know who management is now.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good, until I was laid off, Co-worker were excellent to work with

Senior Telecomm Technician (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWorking hours were good except when having to come in early to resolve a network issue

ConsHaving to come into the facility to resolve problems that were not network related.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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good if not spectacular

Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than 8 years

Prosmanagement care and listen about employees, not totally money-centered

Consnot as good in amenities as bigger companies

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Overall it was a good place to work and had room to move around

Production Supervisor (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time

ProsMade sure you were compensated for your work, whether you were hourly or Salary. Didn’t discriminate against hiring women for same management positions that men were doing, unlike most of the Central Valley companies. Most management treated employees with respect.

ConsToo many department closures, which lead to lay-offs, due to new technologies.

Advice to Senior ManagementCompany now owned by Texas Insturments.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBest employment friendly company, great compensation and high bonus.

ConsNo specific cons about this company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very Good

Senior Telecommun Ication Technician (Former Employee)
Santa Clarita, CA

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLearned new equipment and was able to train junior technicians

ConsOn-call during weekends when problems were not related to the network

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty bad

Applications Engineer (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe benefits are good. There is an authors encouragement program that is quite nice and the education program is excellent.

ConsManagement did not have a consistent vision.

Advice to Senior ManagementRetire.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at National Semiconductor full-time for more than 8 years

ProsTransferred internally from IT over to Planning after 6 years. Managers and colleagues were very helpful and taught me a lot while starting a new career.

ConsVery establish company, saw very little career growth.

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