STMicroelectronics Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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STMicroelectronics President and CEO Carlo Bozotti
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Pros
  • Very good working culture with good work life balance (in 75 reviews)

  • good working environment in few groups for self-motivated people (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • Conservative decision making after taken long time to arrive de-risk (in 13 reviews)

  • Few career opportunities, low salary compared to Italy's average for graduates (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Good company, great technical challenges, address very dynamic market.

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Company driven by and for shareholders
    Some poor strategic decision made by people still in position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on your employees, less on share holders.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Really enjoy working.

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    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer Hardware in Coppell, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer Hardware in Coppell, TX

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    Relax working environment. Could have a lot of chance to enhance professional skills.

    Cons

    Multi-site coordination. Quite often need to cowork with people in Europe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Flexible work environment with great benefits

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cadillac healthcare, Pension plan, competitive pay equals a great long term employer in the Americas. Flexible and lean organizational structure means the employees define a lot of what they do.

    Cons

    Some job functions are poorly defined, and Italian culture trickles down into the Americas (not always in a good way)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. DFT and Design Verification of Leading Edge ASICS

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at STMicroelectronics as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The local design site culture is professional but informal, a small, tightly knit team of Asic Designers, but backed by a robust set of ASIC design tools, flows, libraries, and expertise from their other corporate locations. Immediate management was accessible and easy to work with.

    Cons

    The local design site seemed like a distant outpost from the corporate center. Critical project resources were shared across multiple time-zones and continents, and required frequent negotiation to get through critical resource crunches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During the time I worked there, corporate management did not have a big presence, and it was not clear how our site contributed into the corporate vision or growth strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Overall, ST is a good company that cares about employees.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exciting R&D projects in a very rich environment. creativity, good team work ...

    Cons

    limited carrier progression since the team is very small in Albany

  7. High Tech company

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    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    good working environment and nice team

    Cons

    slow pace on time to market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put more effort on quick to market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Challenging job.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    Nice people, flexibility, easy tasks, challenging environment, stability.

    Cons

    Slow and heavy structure. Bureaucracy extremely heavy and politicized environment.

  9. Good jobs but backwards ideas for making money in some regions, management culture mismatch.

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    Former Employee - Marketer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Marketer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good balance for work-life, decent pay and good benefits. High tech, frequently leading edge technology. Good place to work.

    Cons

    I worked in sales and marketing and had inadequate local technical support. Fewer and fewer support engineers are available and customers are sometimes left in the cold. The higher management (director+) sometimes closes positions or lets go of employees who are contributing to sales of 10-20 $M each year, and push the responsibilities to the remaining ones including those who are not technical.

    Unfortunately, they lose a lot of the best engineers and application people in the process, and they do not hire more to fill the deficit. The Americas Region is what they use to cut costs. They look mostly at numbers generated by sales people and do not seem to understand or care about the value added by the technical employees who support the sales and marketing persons in the local region. The company says a lot about mass-market as a vast untapped revenue steam but won't maintain the local engineering resources to support it.

    Those technical people, for example show up at a customer meeting and give the customer what the customer wants, having created the specific solution - they demonstrate it right there, and so make the sales persons' jobs easier. Part of the problem may be that ST uses the same marketing forms that are used as weekly or monthly reports by sales people, to judge the work of technical staff. This does not work as a means to measure competence or contribution from the application engineers because the visibility given by those reports and forms is a mismatch to the work done by those employees. The work of application engineers on whom my sales efforts depended had little or no visibility because of the forms used for reporting.

    There is a great deal of short-sightedness, and more interest in the expenses of this quarter than what profit will come from projects underway, those taking 1-2 years each. When a technical employee is let go to save a few dollars, whatever projects were underway are then poorly executed due to knowledge vacuum. It causes a loss of sales. Basically they will eliminate an engineer's salary and claim to have cut costs, then lose ten to thirty times as much in sales in a year. That business failure is never mentioned except to blame it on the sales person, but the cost savings are trumpeted as management's accomplishment.

    The company is a serious rumor mill, there are many political lackeys otherwise lacking in skills, and many of the managers are more interested in appearances, power, and empire-building than profitability. There are highly paid people who should have been let go years ago, who are quite incompetent deadwood but well-entrenched with the EU management buddies. I was there for 10 years, and have a good insight into all of this.

    The comments in other posts, about European culture, are true. The European employees come to the USA, are ushered into high positions, and some, maybe two thirds of them, proceed to manage their responsibilities as if it were Sicily.
    This does not work well in the US customer culture, but they do not see it or just ignore it. At some meetings, the loudest mouth wins, not the the most beneficial idea.
    I have been at a few customer meetings where the ST high-management official, from Italy, told the customer what they wanted (told the customer what the customer was going to do), not the usual case of the customer telling a prospective vendor what the customer wants. How can that be a successful sales meeting? These same European managers are competent employees and could do well, but they don't seem to recognize how business is done in the USA and adapt to that. Instead, it's the Old Country all over again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Software Architect

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    Worldwide environment, good company value, stable positions

    Cons

    At least in my region (Europe), low salary and incentives, slow career path

  11. Great Company to work for. Treated you like family.

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    Former Employee - Lead Peer Trainer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Peer Trainer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Raises, Bonuses, Morale, MGMT, people. Working for this company is a huge loss for many people. Many discounts to sporting events, hair salons, and many other things.

    Cons

    Company went overseas leaving thousands unemployed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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