RFMD Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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RFMD President and CEO Bob Bruggeworth
Bob Bruggeworth
49 Ratings

Pros
  • good work/life balance, great bunch of people (in 7 reviews)

  • Work environment is comfortable and not overtaxing physically (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is not accountable for their poor performance (in 8 reviews)

  • Stability is going down hill with senior management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Costing Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Costing Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RFMD (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong business. Good benefits. Use efficient system SAP.

    Cons

    Work hard. Is in reorganization because of the merge.


  2. RFMD @ Headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Non- Micromanaging company. Great employees @ the Greensboro location.

    Cons

    The Good ole' boy system, favoritism and a "watch-what-you-say" atmosphere along with long-term employees ( approx 10-15 years ) with no, very little or outdated skill sets required to get the job done. The RFMD culture is outdated and requires an overhaul that hopefully will change with the merger. RFMD had no sense of urgency on it's projects. Seemed very dis-interested in introducing and offering RF education (formal and informal) to it's employees and seemed to be more concerned about the personality and political correctness of it's employees than the employee value they can offer to the business. The place was ran like a open campus and when projects got tough to handle, the project managers, project engineers would email that they are sick or their kid has the sniffles and will not be in attendance. RFMD was not able to maintain concentration on their projects and like a kid that see's a new shiny toy, drops the existing project to venture to a new one causing all projects to be incomplete.

    Advice to Management

    As Qorvo, it needs to be more aggressive and straightforward with their business decisions and concerned about the "business" value it's employee's and any future candidates offer to the "business". Stop worrying about the personalities and the political correctness of it's employees, and future candidates, for it is skill and talent that is needed for this business. This business does not deal or interact with the general public and does not require a prerequisite of it's workers as politically correct and/or righteous! You need an aggressive workforce to attack an aggressive semiconductor business.


  3. Planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at RFMD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people like a family

    Cons

    small place too boring and less opptunities


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  5. RFMD

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    Former Employee - Production Support Technician in Oak Ridge, NC
    Former Employee - Production Support Technician in Oak Ridge, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RFMD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging Job. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts, and pay was not all that great.


  6. Great People, Poor Sr. Managers

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RFMD full-time

    Pros

    People were great. RFMD knew how to manage customers and customer relationships. Had a great process for preparing for external customer meetings.

    Cons

    R&D did not bring product to market in a timely manner. Too many meetings and group think. Some of the senior managers need to be replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Make some changes in the R&D and listen more to people with customer feedback.


  7. Competitive tech company which will grow much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All the biz units I experienced are full of talented engineers. Work and life balance couldn't be better. This company will do better after the merger with Triquint.

    Cons

    Had no opinions for cons.


  8. Worked there for 7 years

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong company, flexible hours. Most of the people who work there are extremely nice and fair.

    Cons

    Off-hours work. So spread out internationally that you have to support many time zones.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Merger spells end of culture for RFMD ??? It will be up to Bob Bruggeworth. The jury is out.

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    Current Employee - Administration in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Administration in Greensboro, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technical talented people, benefits, competitive salary,

    Cons

    RFMD culture doesn't seem likely to survive in the more political, aggressive, bureaucracy of Triquint. The merger of equals has one side imposing their will, and power. It remains to be seen what will end up being the new normal. With more Triquint employees, even with the RFMD CEO at the helm, RFMD values of respect, inclusion and individuality seem to be lost in a power struggle to make Qorvo the new and improved Triquint.

    Advice to Management

    Take care to shape the culture that will ultimately bring about the most success for the organization. Don't let behaviors that don't support the brand that you are creating to establish a hold in these early days. Then people will have to decide what they can and cannot live with in the company. To Triquint: Don't mistake our civility and kindness for weakness. Lots of talented people will be lost and you will be left trying to pick up the pieces. Turnover costs money.


  10. Work Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work, good people

    Cons

    Uncertainty with merger; Hard to find good talent due to location

    Advice to Management

    More perks to employees


  11. A dysfunctional work environment.

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    Former Employee - Corporate
    Former Employee - Corporate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    RF's core business is inventing and creating really cool communication technologies. It was exciting to be around that.

    Cons

    At all the other companies I've worked for, my managers ranged from "pretty decent" to "pretty great". They cared about empowering their staff to do great things. At RF, my line organization up to the senior management level was petty, dishonest, and didn't understand the work their organization was supposed to be doing. I saw managers berate staff in front of large groups over absurd accusations made-up on the spot, or yell personal insults. (Some that come to mind - "you're incomptent", "you are trying to sabotage this project"). Numerous, coordinated visits to HR asking for help did nothing. More than half the people on my team quit in the span of a few months, all citing the same problems. Sadly, I would never recommend RF to anyone as an employer.

    Advice to Management

    Have external HR consultancies come in and look at the effectiveness of IT's org structure and its leadership.



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