STMicroelectronics Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
412 Reviews

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Pros
  • Very good work life/balance - Good team spirit in general (in 70 reviews)

  • good working environment in few groups for self-motivated people (in 37 reviews)


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

  • Conservative decision making after taken long time to arrive de-risk (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    For employees by acquisition not many upside career paths in ST.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Have well documented and organized company policies to follow with.
    Goals of each person, team, division, and business unit are very clear.

    Cons

    Hard to get the support from other groups or corporate.
    Hard to get enough resources for the groups that acquired by ST.
    Career paths inside ST are limited.
    Benefit plan is not so good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For product development, should be fair to the groups acquired by ST to get enough resources to get the jobs done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at STMicroelectronics full-time for 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
  3.  

    Staff Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at STMicroelectronics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good engineering teams, working conditions and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management too slow to make key decisions and invest for the future. Career progression not encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company could have potential - focus should be on innovation. Be prepared to take risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good technical class of people to work with.

    Cons

    Very poor management for North America Operation. Management from Geneva are completely disconnected from North America region. So growth and future are skeptical if you are located in this region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not close sites by looking at financial numbers. Management must see the potential or capabilities of the product. Number will automatically increase when product will go to market in a larger volume. DO not hesitate to try new thing. Every companies is doing that now. Intel changed its face from tradiation Microprocessor to SOcs and tablets, nvidia started makinng CPU, Microsoft entered more and more into hardware so ST should think beyond its MEMS and microcontrollers.

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

    a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Product Marketing  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director Product Marketing in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    very good technologies, in particular Sensors and Image related

    Cons

    slow in action, when competing in highly demanding markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on building sense of emergency and competition with other companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company in Europe but perhaps not the right place to work in the US

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are easy going and not much work pressure , typical European culture.

    Cons

    Lot of French and Italian politics around you and you would invariably be a victim of their favoritism .US centers are considered as an overhead and never given their due importance . Management locally is sluggish and spineless with no say in company's decisions . Overall not the best place to work if you want to have a bright career . Just about ok if you want to hang in there with an attitude of old time government employee .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think Management needs an advice as they anyways have nothing in their hands , the best they do is hire people locally . All the decisions are taken from Europe .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good benefits, poor vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    Direct managers take in consideration their employees, work/life balance is good, payed time off is more than adequate.
    401k matching and pension plan.

    Cons

    Lacking formalization and internal information exchange, limited possibilities to grow, frequent reorganizations show confusion in the upper management. Following every single wish of the customer doesn't always lead to better products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on fewer things and do those things well. It's better to be masters at something than average at everything.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Passively Aggressive, appears laid back but executes well.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    Great quality of life. Excellent benefits. Variable component to pay for most job categories helps strive for more. Work life balance couldn't be better. Fair treatment. Customer responsive. Flexibility and full autonomy on how to do yr job!

    Cons

    All senior, VP and C-level positions are held almost exclusively by Europe based employees. If you don't ask for it, you probably won't get it. Workplace itself is depressingly quiet instead of buzzing with activities. HR department is practically worthless in North America, adds no value! Educated and senior employees are left feeling short changed except for generous benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by Example. Set politics, differences and personal agenda apart and deal rationally with the customer. Be more hands on and better informed about your product instead of talking money immediately with the customer. Leverage individuals with a strong background to aid generate data for decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HW Engineer I  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - HW Engineer I in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    Large company environment with good tool infrastructure

    Cons

    Veritical growth oppurtunities are limited
    no ESSP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More aggressive

  11.  

    Good company depending on which division

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at STMicroelectronics

    Pros

    * Working environment is relaxed and comfortable
    * Compensation is very competitive to other companies with a good bonus on base salary
    * Could be a good place to learn and gain knowledge
    * Big company that can afford to tackle big markets and product lines
    * Did not lay off as aggressively as other companies during the recession

    Cons

    * Very political in terms of career advancement
    * European management is a disaster. No clear vision of what they want to do. Very slow in taking critical decisions. Can let valuable people leave the company easily.
    * There are good peers but also more than what could afforded of mediocre engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a product fails due to management mistakes, managers should be affected and not engineers. In order to compete with American companies change has to happen at the top.

    Disapproves of CEO

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