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ON Semiconductor Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
ON Semiconductor – “On Semiconductor”

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3.1 112 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

ON Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Keith D. Jackson

Keith D. Jackson

(61 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on role work/life balance is pretty good (few people put in more work than they have to)(in 8 reviews)

  • Some very good people work at ON Semi(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • politics, intimidation, humiliation as motivation, old boy network(in 4 reviews)

  • very low opportunity for career advancement (your current position is likely yours for 10 years)(in 3 reviews)

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    Great place to begin a career

    Applications Engineer (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsProvides a great jumpstart for new college graduates for any discipline.
    Above average pay for the geographical area.
    Generally flexible with work schedule and personal life.
    410k plan is good. Matches dollar for dollar up to 4%.
    Plenty of free covered parking!
    Coworkers are great depending on the group.

    ConsHealth care options have been reduced over the years. The "options" are you elect coverage or no coverage. Only an 80/20 high-deductible plan is offered.
    Highly layoff prone mainly due to poor acquisitions: Sanyo and Catalyst. Companies acquired lose money like it is going out of style and this ultimately hurts the core business. Layoffs, multiple furloughs in a calendar year (supplemented by vacation if you have some left).
    Many of the former Motorola employees are grandfathered in positions for the sake of the Good Ole Boy network while lacking a formal education as well as ambition.
    Many individual contributors and executive management have left to go to competitors who offer a stable environment, benefits, strong team dynamics, pay and strategic vision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen developing a strategic plan, make sure it a long term plan that does not change every 6 months. This kills product portfolios and hurts morale for those who put in the effort to drive those same portfolios to be a success.
    Make the hard decisions to remove employees who do not have the necessary skill set. No one likes to fire people; however, those who lack the required engineering background and/or do not care are a drag on those employees who do.
    Place a moratorium on acquisitions. It is outrageous to find out a couple of years into an acquisition that they are losing money and pull the company down overall. Who is minding the ship?

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

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    Good, growing company, but no frills.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWell managed. Clear vision. Good growth (acquisitions). Value driver is operational excellence.

    ConsCompany runs quite lean... no frills, weak succession planning. Product portfolio is sturdy, but "me too"... not leading edge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't lose site of fundamentals as the company grows.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    "Death Spiral"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsA FEW of the people are smart and engaging, and have the necesssary skill set to work at a Multinational Company. Free Parking for employees.

    ConsManagement is totally top down, no employee development: Management's view is stay where you are and be glad you have a job, VERY bureaucratic, lots of backstabbing and taking credit for other's work. Promotions based on old boy network.
    No credible Senior Management in the Tax department. In an effort to save money they do not have a VP of Tax, instead they have an "average" accountant with no tax experience as the "Director of Tax". At most companies he would be nothing more than a, glorified, Sr. Analyst, if that. Oddly, he seems more concerned about whether his employees take out their garbage each day( ON does not employ a janitorial staff, in an effort to save money) than about the quarterly tax rate. The way Senior Management and ON's outside consultants step all over him,he's basically a doormat at the company.
    In addition, the individual responsible for International Tax at ON is a total goofball. I never heard anything, from him that led me to believe he even had the faintest idea of what he was talking about when it came to International Tax, or Tax, in general.
    This is how seriously the tax department at ON is run- at one point, the "Director of Tax", who is Mormon, thought it was appropriate to have an employee pass out the Book of Mormon to everyone in the department for after-work reading. Yes- That actually happened.
    Turnover is outrageous. The only way to truly survive this company and its Byzantine politics is to be a yes-man.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you like getting things done, being surrounded by talented counterparts, and fast paced environments, this is definitely NOT the place for you. Mgmt should consider changing that. Don't infantilize your employees with silly cost cutting measures. If you, consistently, need your employees to take forced time off and take out their own garbage, to meet your quarterly guidance, then you may want to re-think your business model.
    Care about turnover -- there's a real problem when most of your staff leaves after a year.
    HR needs to realize that there's no advancement potential at ON, Upper Management positively cackles with delight when they get a chance to screw over an employee.
    If an employee has worked in a department for 10 years and not one person from their department can tell you what their responsibilities are- Let them go.
    Don't consider people to be "highly educated" if they only have an online degreee from University of Phoenix or some similar "fly by night" online university.

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

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    Great to start then become only sufficient

    Applications Engineer (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsGreat place to do your 3 first years. Lot of diversity/access in simple products.

    ConsNo organic growth, no corporate strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementON Semiconductor has know a great development since it's creation but now the technologies and markets are evolving. The company needs a vision to keep the pace of the semiconductor industry, a consistent strategy of investment for long term. Everything is short sighted.

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

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    Supply Chain Analyst

    Supply Chain Analyst (Current Employee) Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

    ProsDoing good with people all around the world within ON Semi's networks

    ConsSalary is not as good as what people expected

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    it is best company for Linux platform

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosworking on Linux device driver.

    Consnew company. keep passion in mind and go with company growth

    Advice to Senior Managementjoin this for future growth

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    good company

    Intern (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    Prosprofessional atmosphere for learning new things.

    Consnothing yet. many jargons in the meetings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Traditional semiconductor company

    Design Engineer (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsGood at commodity IC domain,good on IC packaging

    ConsNot tech leader in IC industry

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Engineers, Bad Managers

    Design Engineer (Former Employee) Pocatello, ID

    ProsGood Engineering Team
    Lot to learn, and lot to do
    A good chance to work on different types of projects

    ConsBad managers with very less technical inclination
    Projects fail all the time but nothing is done to change, or do things differently
    A failure never results in better practices, or a change in methodology.
    Top management too conservative
    Pay is probably the lowest in the industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementA tech company should be run like one.

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

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    The company wants worker bees.

    Production Planner (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe co-workers were the best asset for the company.

    ConsThe company does not care about you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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