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ON Semiconductor Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
112 Reviews

2.9
112 Reviews
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ON Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Keith D. Jackson
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Flexible environment. Good location and facility.

    Cons

    Managements do not really care about retaining talent people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Pocatello, ID

    Pros

    Nice town to work in

    Cons

    No change to move up, stale team members, no one ever moves on and chance for advancement in a small town in 0

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your homework, allow advancement withing the ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good , would have been better

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Great work environment and very friendly people .Manager assigned works based on my abilities, he has been very helpful .There are always people to help you out .

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Layoffs and forced time off

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing
    Former Employee - Product Marketing

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with some world-class companies as customers, both large and small.

    Some very good people work at ON Semi. I made good friends I will keep in contact with for years to come.

    A U.S.-based semiconductor company, which is rare these days.

    ON Semi devices are literally in everything. Crack open an electronic device and chances are good you will find at least one ON chip on the board, if not more.

    Truly an international company. There are many opportunities to work with people in different countries and from different cultures. You can learn a lot and get good international experience.

    Benefits are pretty standard but solid. The employee stock purchase program gives a generous 15% discount, when many companies give only 5%.

    Every once in a while the company will sponsor a get together, barbecue lunch or even trip to an amusement park. This only happens in fairly good times, though, and they're pretty spread apart.

    If you need to travel for business, accommodations and meal reimbursements are reasonable.

    Cons

    Company is very focused on the short-term. In the last four years there have been four rounds of layoffs. Yet I still saw senior managers driving luxury rental cars on the company dime. When someone leaves, their position is often not back-filled, and everyone else has to just do more work to make up for it. Same for laid-off positions.

    Forced time off is an annual tradition. Plan on using a large block of your vacation every year around Christmas and New Year's. Additionally, over the past couple of years it has become common for management to require 10 days of vacation time to be used in a quarter, usually in calendar Q1 or Q4, or both. If you want to take vacation in the summer, there's always the option of going unpaid during forced shut downs. And this isn't just manufacturing - all employees are required to take the time off unless they are somehow protected by local law.

    Business units are extremely siloed and many managers try to build up their own private fiefdoms. There is little coordination or cooperation between separate groups or business units, even when they're in the same physical location or they report to the same senior manager.

    ON Semi's spree of buying companies or parts of companies seems like a good thing, but it just results in more layoffs at both the acquired company and the parent company. Integration generally goes poorly.

    The workplace is mostly made up of lifers who have survived round after round of job cuts and consolidation. It can be difficult to fit in if you weren't with the company 15 or more years ago. There are some very good people, but there are also those who seem to be promoted because being a jerk is a desired managerial trait.

    Technologically, ON Semi is mid-range at best, a laggard at worst. "Cutting-edge" is a phrase you will likely never hear tied to ON Semiconductor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These aren't the old Motorola glory days anymore. Running a sweatshop while acting like you're corporate royalty may please investors in the short term, but you're steadily building a company full of jaded, overworked people. Many stay because they don't want to make a life change but others will leave as soon as better opportunities comes along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fairly Good Company

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Carmona, Province of Cavite (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Carmona, Province of Cavite (Philippines)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, open communication, fairly good management and a family like company...

    Cons

    Cost savings, layoffs, to much pressure to complete high level projects...To many things wanted to be achieved at a limited time and bandwidth...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to focus on priorities... Methodical way of planning projects, some projects are not known to senior management... To much things running, In this case need to prioritize.

  7.  

    My favourite internship

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    Former Employee - Algorithm Developer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Algorithm Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    challenging work but reasonable pressure.
    employees from various backgrounds.
    interesting projects.

    Cons

    a lot of desk work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Need to do more for employee morale

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Opportunity for movement and growth around the company (ie will allow to transfer easily between departments). Will look good on a resume as it is a large international company. Lets you work from home as often as you want, flex schedule

    Cons

    Forced time off, negative vacation! Hire horrible, inexperienced managers. Very political environment with lots of office drama.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better research on your new hires. Get rid of the old workers who are eating up the payroll and maybe we wouldn't have to take so much forced time off. And do something nice for your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    good company for long term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    stable, get good balance between work and life.

    Cons

    little opportunity for career improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Outstanding work environment

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Engineer

    Pros

    The place offers excellent working environment with a lot of opportunities to learn from your colleagues and plenty of challenges. A lot of high quality interaction with the management makes working here a pleasure.

    Cons

    Perks and privileges are average which is not good enough if you are trying to attract top talent. Not enough appraisal from very high management on the hard work done at the group, many things taken for granted. Company is crippled by Unions that do not allow to differentiate between hard workers and not so hard workers. Not many chances for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR philosophy needs to be changed. Better perks and privilege are needed to retain and attract top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An excellent place to train your off shore replacements

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    Current Employee - Tax Director  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    The people there really are great to work with. Compensation is decent, benefits are good. IT systems are marginal - designed for minimizing IT cost, not user productity/satisfaction

    Cons

    Used to have Great people, but whittled down to just good people. Never ending move of jobs offshore, and appearantly no interest in being part of a US jobs program. Work 10-12 hr days, forget a night life with calls to asia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a profit sharing program, or a much broader stock participation program instead of keeping 90% at the top levels. Stop treating employees like the don't have other options just because there is no work in Phoenix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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