14% of the CEO
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 Senior Management – For product development, should be fair to the groups acquired by ST to get enough resources to get the jobs done.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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 Senior Management – This company could have potential - focus should be on innovation. Be prepared to take risks.
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 Senior Management – 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.
Pros – very good technologies, in particular Sensors and Image related
Cons – slow in action, when competing in highly demanding markets
Advice to Senior Management – focus on building sense of emergency and competition with other companies
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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 Senior Management – 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 .
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 Senior Management – Concentrate on fewer things and do those things well. It's better to be masters at something than average at everything.
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 Senior Management – 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Large company environment with good tool infrastructure
Cons – Veritical growth oppurtunities are limited
Advice to Senior Management – More aggressive
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 Senior Management – 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.
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