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STMicroelectronics Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
434 Reviews
3.3
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STMicroelectronics President and CEO Carlo Bozotti
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    It's going down

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    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not much pressure. Very good benefits and balance work life

    Cons

    Low tech. Lots of internal politics. It's a big parking lot for people ready to retire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close some office in Europe and fire useless employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work as long as you are European

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    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good (but not great) Semiconductor company. If you are better than average you can truly shine at this company. Lots of opportunities to learn, travel, assume new responsibilities. Some very good mentoring. Good pay at the right level and at the right location(s).

    Cons

    Very few non-Europeans make it to top management. Still a very French/Italian culture company. Company continues to manage the same old fashioned way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new (young) blood in management. The company needs to be more forward looking and take chances as needed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Coppell, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Coppell, TX

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wide variety of work. Supported professional activities.

    Cons

    Now it's dominated by cost cutting and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chasing off your best people is not a good long term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    out of touch with customers

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    fantastic technology with system approach

    Cons

    european head count killing the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Company for self-starters.

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Personal Growth. A lot of freedom. Work with talented people from all across the globe. Innovative technology and large production capacity. Good benefits. Ability to invent yourself. Open communication with local management.

    Cons

    Poor direction from Europe for USA. Slow moving on technology changes. Organization needs better definition and support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater value of dedicated employees. Faster product introduction and adapting to market changes. Better coordination between regions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    7 Years in STMicroElectronics

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    Current Employee - Software/HW Engineer in Tunis, MT
    Current Employee - Software/HW Engineer in Tunis, MT

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    When you work at STM, you got the opportunity to access a very interesting domain of technology. Every day you are learning something new ...
    the work environment is cute and friendly.

    Cons

    Some projects arrived in a critical path and you find yourself working under stress (project value : some Million of dollars). Hurry up, do your job quickly but do it correctly ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Potential to be a great company consistently messed up by lack of leadership, strategy & direction.

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    For someone outside of Europe, a fantastic place for multi-cultural experience, particularly for business owners wanting experience dealing with international organizations.
    The guys in Grenoble lot better than rest of the Europe.
    If the BUs put their determination behind something, wonders can happen. eg., MEMs, power mgmt, etc.

    Cons

    The Director level mgmt needs a forklift change. Most have scant idea how to run/grow a business.
    The leadership has no idea how to create a strategy to run a huge org; once in a while a hit comes along to save grace.
    Huge dependence at all levels on who you know to get the job done. There are hardly any processes to run a multi-segment businesses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To succeed, stop laying off US employees & remove the guarantees of lifelong-jobs in Europe. Start instilling high-performing leadership in key BUs to demonstrate performance based success.
    Reward based on performance metrics as opposed to seniority & who you know.
    Ask INSEAD to do a case study on why TI which was at the same position as STM has been able to do so successfully & implement the recommendations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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