STMicroelectronics Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. out of touch with customers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  2. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Marketer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  3. Good Place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You really touch the HW environment and go deep into the details of the technology. Multinational organization. Open to multiple cultures. Flexibility in the working time.

    Cons

    No opportunities for carrier evolution. The remuneration isn't inline with similar companies/jobs. No imagination in the management strategy: very static.

    Advice to Management

    The team management doesn't mean working at the place of the team but it means driving the team to do the work!


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  5. Good place to start and move on !

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer II
    Former Employee - Design Engineer II
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are numerous training programs for employees to help them improve on technical and behavioral know-how. The career path choice is however not left to the employee.

    Cons

    The company is separated into different groups and teams. It is very hard to move from team to team and the scope of teams is very narrow, forcing one to become a domain specialist which is okay if you want to be one.

    Advice to Management

    The management is very bureaucratic in nature, unlike the management at its competitors. There are internal conflict within groups.


  6. A mix of good and bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Skilled employees generally valued with a long-term viewpoint. Benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Compensation is average to below market. Decision making is top-down with very little bottom-up input. Slow to react. Very insulated when taking input on trends & knowledge from the rest of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Empowerment needs to be more than a bullet point in company literature or presentations.


  7. Never a great place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    Pros

    Job security is the main advantage for this company. Retrenchment will always be the last optionin the list during economy downturn.

    Cons

    The management lacks transparency when comes to annual increament and promotion. Compensation and benefits are below average compared to company of similar nature. Professional development is limited. Will never get a good balance between family and work.

    Advice to Management

    Plenty of rooms for improvements. Leaqrn to take care of the feelings of employees. Communicate with some respect to employees especially in AMK site.


  8. a place to retire

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    job is not very stressful, may be a good place for retirement, job is quite stable, not likely to have any retrenchment.

    Cons

    the more you know, the more you do, but the pay is the same or even lower. if you are not french or italian, it will be very difficult for senior level management position.

    Advice to Management

    try to treat employee based on their performance, not on their contract package, need to check the performance of those who are having good benifit package.


  9. Helpful (1)

    some years ago it was better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice, informal work environment flexible work times good cafeteria if you are lazy and want to do nothing, no one will throw you out

    Cons

    if you are lazy and want to do nothing, no one will throw you out (the above means that if you are good, they will ask you to do everything) Management doesn't follow the policies they set, specially on quality issues

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on long term, and on managing your people, in addition to your plans and projects. do not overcommit make sure you fully understand what you promise, before signing agreements with customers


  10. a stable company but hard to grow with this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    stable and maybe good place for those need stable and boring job

    Cons

    no good for people who need more opportunities to grow

    Advice to Management

    give more opportunity to new comer, believe in their ability


  11. Helpful (1)

    neutral

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    easy and relaxed, no much pushing

    Cons

    bad management, no career advancement

    Advice to Management

    management people need to be more professional and focus more on the projects instead of playing politics



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