ON Semiconductor Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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ON Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Keith D. Jackson
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Pros
  • good work-life balance, pretty stress free work (in 9 reviews)

  • Good people to work with in engineering (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • not much support from upper management, they are afraid to spend money (in 4 reviews)

  • The health insurance had high deductible (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Change your dated early 1980's Culture - its terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None to really speak of (benefits, salaries, etc are largely non competitive)

    Cons

    ON buys firms to grow since they are not innovative enough themselves to invest in R&D. Their management culture/style is terrible....it's all about cost cutting without looking at the true "Cost" of trying to be a skinflint. They don't listen to their acquired talent from firms they procure so they never innovate. It's amazing. They will never be a successful company - the productive staff leave & won't tolerate their non collaborative culture...I've seen it with my own eyes. ON is going nowhere & its by their own fault (what a shame!)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your acquired talent (they often bring world class ideas/approaches that ON could leverage). Define Dept function Roles & Responsibilities. Eliminate of cronyism (make objective, total cost based decisions, not subjective decisions based off old boys network relationships). Stop being so cheap....t-shirts at a company picnic raffle. Really?!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Horrible upper management spells doom

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits Adequate salary Interesting work when the ON infrastructure doesn't get in the way.

    Cons

    Structured via "silos" where upper managers openly refuse to share information with other groups. 100% focus on cost cutting without any focus on minimizing waste (there is a lot of it). Poor communication with employees. Tons of promises by upper management (monetary, career growth, etc) with no mechanism (funding, training) given to supervisors so that they can implement.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of telling employees that their input is valued and then totally ignoring it, consider listening to some of the people in all of those companies that you're purchasing and implementing those things that made them successful.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Mediocre company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Saratoga, CA
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Saratoga, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place if you have no desire to compete with other companies and the most important attribute is to be liked by the business units. Drivers will be punished. Sycophants are most welcome.

    Cons

    If you are not a discarded member of the old Motorola Semiconductor split that got cast to the woeful ON Semiconductor side rather than the Freescale's, and preferably lives in Phoenix at their headquarters, don't bother trying to get ahead at this company. It has to be one of the biggest cases of cronyism anywhere. If you're part of their "ex-Motorola club" you can get away with being as lazy and incompetent as you can imagine. Dilbert's Wally would be proud. However, if you're not part of the "click", then beware. If you fall in the "disliked by the business units mostly incompetent clowns, your career will be short lived. ON Semiconductor, where careers go do die...

    Advice to Management

    Do the shareholders a favor and fire yourselves.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Product Engineer

    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ON Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    ON pays a competitive salary in the semiconductor industry. ON has grown through acquisition of older technology semiconductor companies.

    Cons

    Since ON has grown through acquisition, the business intelligence systems are numerous and highly varied. The Phoenix corporate HQ has no manufacturing. However, there is still a residual of engineering remaining. The HQ structure could lean out by having only business unit managers and delegate the engineering to the manufacturing sites. Management is still top down with remnants of cronyism.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize engineering work to the sites. HQ should be a business management site alone.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Victim of retaliation

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has excellent code of conduct. Being a technology company, the processes and way of work is fast and efficient. There is so much learning in this company.

    Cons

    Important aspect of the code of conduct is not lived up with as how it was being professed. "Old boys club" ruled the senior management circle. Retaliation is prevalent especially if you did not sing in chorus with favored supplier of the senior manager. Very few or no internal opportunities. Your position today will be yours until maybe next 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Retire your senior managers and infuse fresh blood until its not too late.


  7. Helpful (2)

    If you want to work with narrow-minded managers in an old boys club culture, this place is for you.

    Former Employee - Engineering in Gresham, OR
    Former Employee - Engineering in Gresham, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ON Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Nothing really positive to mention.

    Cons

    Culture does not promote new ideas, innovation, or cross functional teamwork. Abusive management behavior went unchecked even when brought to the attention of HR department. They still use pagers and employees are responsible for emptying their own trash as "cost savings" methods.

    Advice to Management

    Management approach needs a complete overhaul from the top down. The dead wood is in middle-management. Clean house here and bring in some new blood to reset priorities and create a positive culture.


  8. Mutlinational company...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    working hours are flexibel, we get a company car without fuel car which is good for the envirenement, etc.

    Cons

    Internal spec are very hard to understand, huge paper work needed for any simple action, priority is given to quarterly revenue rather than to quality, etc... A bit demotivationg sometimes..

    Advice to Management

    Please give us the room to make a qualitative work...


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good ole boy mentality

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ON Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    It is a large corporation with multiple locations worldwide which one would think would create a culture of diversity which it does not.

    Cons

    very silo'ed and not very good environment. seems like your working for the cia very depressed environment where women are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    tone at the top is needed to be assessed, lower level workers are not valued and actually are made to feel expendable


  10. cool company

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Developer
    Former Intern - Developer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ON Semiconductor as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    cool technology that is cool

    Cons

    hard to move around if you know what i mean

    Advice to Management

    keep it real ye now?


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Death Spiral"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ON Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 Management

    If 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.



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