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STMicroelectronics Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
446 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Not a good company for software professional

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Greater Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Greater Noida (India)

    I worked at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    you get to learn only politics, nothing in techanical.
    managers are making it hell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove the managers layer if you want to get your work from engineers.
    managers dont let the engineers work. they drug you down.
    every manager is inferior about his future, ask them to work proactively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    World-class Semiconductor Company - Mismanagement

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Was a Great company with excellent products,
    used to be a forward-looking company with great visions.
    enthusiastic colleagues with great drive and desires to succeed

    Cons

    Current management has no vision, lack fore-sight, focus on short-term goals ignoring long-term vision.
    Take easy, but illogical decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Company culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    nice environment to work in, colleagues are nice, good medical benefit

    Cons

    heavily depend on higher management decision which make every decision to be delayed or changed frequently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empowerment and involvement of each of every employee is important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good company to start carrier only

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    Current Employee - Prod Eng
    Current Employee - Prod Eng

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

    Pros

    Possibility to learn for at least 2 years. Depending on group you can find excellent people. Possibility to travel even extensively

    Cons

    No meritocracy , none possibility to grow. Carrier opportunity just political defined.
    Low salary
    Top management absolutely inadequate.
    Abnormous size for marketing group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Radical change, from top to medium management need. Offer real opportunity for each employee basing on meritocracy. Tasks ,owner must be better defined

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good in some areas, bad in others.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    Great people in the the Bristol site. A real centre of excellence in the company in key areas.

    Cons

    Site now closed. All the work has been relocated - primarily to France.
    Incredibly bureaucratic at times - decision making is awful at times.
    Lost many good people round the world.

    In the past 6-8 years has gone from #5 in the semiconductor sales rankings down to #10 - a real indictment of the top level management.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    STMicroelectronics - Stagnating Company

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Greater Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Greater Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    Work content is good but not cutting edge. Good Job Security. Work Life balance.

    Cons

    Management is really out-dated and out of touch of the present day market. STM continues to bleed of Money and good manpower which is leaving the company in droves. What remains is the dead wood.

    Working on older technologies and innovation in products is abysmal.

    Sweet talk and toeing the line of your manager is needed for you to survive.

    Salary hikes are a pittance and salary structure gets revised to paint a rosy picture of your package!

    Greater Noida Office is at a distant location which is quite far from the city. Hence commute gets really tough. You cannot live nearby since nearby localities have multiple issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to weed out the unproductive employees rather than letting go of the good ones.

    Brainstorming on the future road-map and products are a must in case STM has to remain competitive. the competitors have far more mature products and technologies than STM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I never understood how they can be in the Global Top 5 (back then). Not a good company

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Agrate Brianza (Italy)
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Agrate Brianza (Italy)

    I worked at STMicroelectronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I joined the job seemed like an interesting job. However, soon it turned out that the group where I worked had hardly sales. I didn't find real pros. Probably I didn't see the good sides, because they must be there. But not in Italy.

    Cons

    In Italy it depends on the network you have. Skills are not the only thing that counts. One symptom was that in Agrate very few job openings were posted on the internal website (all organized in the network) , whereas in Grenoble often many jobs were posted. The sites are comparable in size. People / management doesn't keep promises and not the right people are in the right position. Colleagues were also not willing to share a lot of info with other colleagues in an order to 'be important'. For example, software was not commented so that others would not understand. I had a few employers, but ST was by far the worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is better to have someone work then to have someone just being present without working. So let people do the job they want to and are best at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to learn, but not to earn

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Greater Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Greater Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    1. If you are a self-motivated individual. This is the best place for you as you get ample time to focus on things you wish to pursue.
    2. Work stress is at its minimal level. But, the level and complexity of work at ST is ahead or at par with industry.
    3. The existing technical cream layer of ST is deteriorating quickly. As of now there are many people in ST whom you'll love to work with.

    Cons

    1. The work culture is a breeding ground for people who don't work ethically. People treat the freedom given by ST to chill, hangout and no regulation is there, thus work suffers.

    2. Management layer is of old-school people politics is evident in many scenarios.

    3. Hikes are not governed by Potential and results-delivered. But, people are given hikes on impractical measures such as : colleges branding (even at experienced level) , complexity of profile is not honored (that is why solid people leave quickly).

    4. Salary is a big turn down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ST needs to consolidate its staff there are many useless people in every hierarchy. Serious thought is required on the existing appraisal process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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