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National Semiconductor Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
96 Reviews
3.4
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National Semiconductor President & CEO & Chairman Donald Macleod
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits; work life balance is encouraged within most groups (in 14 reviews)

  • Family friendly work environment (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • poor and changing, inconsistent senior management strategies (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management was always nontechical and that was a real negative (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It was a great company to work for before the TI took over.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The formal National Semiconductor CEO Brian Halla sucked.

    Cons

    Not sure what it would be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with, but overall poor strategy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart, motivated and friendly colleagues. Relaxed atmosphere with solid compensation compared to industry standards. Decent time off policy.

    Cons

    Poor strategic leadership drove group in too many directions leading to significant quarter on quarter decline before departure. Strategy was not focused but attempted to use resources for many different diverging market opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on core competencies.

  3.  

    Good company going down due to inconsistent strategies

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Semiconductor

    Pros

    decent compensation. smart, hard working individual contributors.

    Cons

    poor and changing, inconsistent senior management strategies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay focused

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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at National Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are all super nice, down to earth and pretty sharp. The perks of the campus in Santa Clara are the subsized gym and cafeteria. You can also play on the softball field, volleyball court or soccer field.

    Cons

    There aren't any places to eat within walking distance for lunch so you pretty much end up eating at the company cafeteria which isn't so bad. The food is subsidized and pretty healthy. It does get super hot in summertime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I heard that TI was planning on changing a lot of things when they acquired the company. I hope they kept the perks for the company and didn't fill in the koi pond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, mis-managed

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in South Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Very talent work force, very good product

    Cons

    Poor upper management. Their focus is to enrich themselves, not to make better products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They had a plan to sell the company, which succeeded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at National Semiconductor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is pre Texas Instruments take over. Very tech driven and no politics. Reasonable place to work.

    Cons

    Heard it is not as good now that Texas Instruments took over. So can not really say much about now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company... Too bad it is now part of TI

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. SC campus was a breath of fresh air

    Cons

    None that I can recall

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now. They are all gone with the TI merger

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too many layers of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and earn your salary.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company with good benefits and a great team.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Accountant in South Portland, ME

    I worked at National Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team of staff and training was readily available.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Love 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay for employees wo understate the working enviomenth

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    Former Employee - Senior Telecomm Teechnician in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Telecomm Teechnician in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay but culture so-so at times

    Cons

    Culture for blacks so-so employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not know who management is now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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