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  1. Good products and record revenues but don't feel the need to reward those hardworking people who made it happen.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Hauppauge, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Hauppauge, NY

    I have been working at Standard Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good diverse product base that will surely win markets across the globe. Management has started to communicate more freely with its employees.

    Cons

    Fear of outsourcing many engineering jobs to Asia. Keep piling on more jobs on people and not hiring in the US. Quality of life has gone down as need to increase hours to finish projects. Not a happy place to work anymore.


  2. I spent 4 months training at STS and it was a great experience.

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee in Amman (Jordan)
    Former Employee - Trainee in Amman (Jordan)

    I worked at Standard Microsystems part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional, friendly environment and great management.

    Cons

    Stress and worries to get the job done on time.

    Advice to Management

    Some extra fun activities for employees.


  3. Broad exposure to entire design process, but at tremendous sacrafice in work/life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Hauppauge, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Hauppauge, NY

    I have been working at Standard Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with and great management under Directors. No shortage of projects to work on and chips to tape-out.

    Cons

    Ridiculous project schedules. Very disorganized at times. Lack of vision from Senior management. Profit sharing takes place at VP level and above, so the people doing the real work get nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Put on your visionary caps and develop projects the customers need down the road instead of responding to upgrade requests that may eventually get cancelled or not generate revenue. Also, stop spending so much money on mask sets.


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  5. Mixed bag!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Standard Microsystems

    Pros

    They occasionally hire. Hang out for some time while you find another place.

    Cons

    management style is secretive, sporadic and increases uncertainties.

    Advice to Management

    Get some new blood to head up the business groups.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Stuck at one position for life no growth ...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Standard Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Over all the environment is relatively laid back and work pressure is not so bad. Being a mid size company one gets to work on different project that can be fun specially for an Engineer.

    Cons

    There is no growth in this company, and management have no clue what they are doing !! No matter how hard you work or how creative you are the work you do is never appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is there has to be a way to have a check and balance system between the employee and the managers. Managers are abusing the employees and employees work under the fear of loosing the job. How can one perform in such a lousy environment !


  7. Not that great of a company to work at

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Management in Hauppauge, NY

    I worked at Standard Microsystems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People are friendly. Nice office environments.

    Cons

    Too heavy on management and not enough engineers to do the work. Top management has always been looking for ways to cut staffs in order to meet or exceed the numbers.

    Advice to Management

    You did it, finally got sold to another company, despite many unhappy employees.


  8. SMSC as an employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at Standard Microsystems

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This fabless semi-conductor design house has many opportunities for engineers to learn the entire design flow and has a lot of very good engineers.

    Cons

    Recent changes in management combined with economic changes have forced SMSC to take advantage of lower cost geographies. Limited earnings potential.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO talks about rewarding individuals based on performance but has failed to do so. The HR department needs really improve their practices and empower managers to have better tools to help their people advance their careers. More transparency.


  9. Feel OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Standard Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The work place is nice and the people are easy to get along with. The jobs are relatively stable. Some divisions have projected long-term growth.

    Cons

    The management did't hold the long-term view of the company. What they did was pumping up the stock price by buying small companies in the last few years. However, they rarely intended to integrate them. SMSC now is part of Microchip.


  10. Verification engineer

    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Hauppauge, NY

    I worked at Standard Microsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Have chance to do advanced verification methodology

    Cons

    very old technology and very small chips.

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Ok place to work, but nothing special

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Standard Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    SMSC had a good and diverse portfolio of products. When one product line was down, others were usually doing well and able to make up the difference. SMSC bought a few good and unique technologies but could never quite take advantage. Best thing about SMSC? It beats what came after it.

    Cons

    SMSC never acquired enough critical mass to get to the next corporate level. Over the last few years, it became obvious that upper management was more interested in making the company look good on paper rather than actually growing the business. When they finally found a buyer not sophisticated enough to tell the difference, upper management sold out the rest of us and made off with a small fortune.

    Advice to Management

    Too late now, but you need to stop overfilling the ranks of upper management with your buddies from previous jobs.



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