Texas Instruments Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
1,131 Reviews

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Texas Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO Rich Templeton
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Pros
  • Work life balance is really good, it values the importance of sports in life (in 116 reviews)

  • Great people, benefits, work environment -- when far from corporate headquarters in Dallas (in 66 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance rarely seems to be in favor of life (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to be reserved for Marketing/Sales folks (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid technical company that changes focus too often

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging jobs with lots of opportunities to work hard. Room to take on more responsibilities at any job level. Heavy international travel in senior positions. Great experience for a first job

    Cons

    Not much work life ballance. Focused on loading everyone as heavily as possible. Senior workers are slowly pushed out of the organization around 50. Most promotions go to individuals under 30.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The speed of turn over could impact the performance of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Like a Family... with way too many personal issues

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Texas Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    When I first started here, I was told by current employees TI = Training Institute and Tiny Income. I don't believe this to be true. They reward hard work and effort, and they have reasonable expectations for work/life balance.

    Cons

    TI was like a family to me... but a dysfunctional one. Politics are horrible. Also, mass layoffs really hurt the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Playbook is tedious and mostly involves paper pushing. I would like to see more emphasis on technology roadmap and less on redundant execution checks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    lost potential

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    Former Employee - Senior Analog Design Engineer/Design Lead  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Analog Design Engineer/Design Lead in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Texas Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, low stress level. Good vacation. Plentiful design tools. Lots of support for design engineers i.e. in the lab and design software. Could have potential but see the cons.

    Cons

    perhaps it depends on particular BU, but in my experience there is way too much politics and not enough substance. Many of SMTS/DMTS are old and not up to the level, but still have their high titles and perks and not shy to use them. Mid-level management is often technically mediocre resulting in loss of business and subsequent mass lay-offs. Tech ladder advancement is based on who you know, not what one is worth. Low-level management often stuffed by incompetents who just sing the company tune but have no clue of design issues and just concerned with keeping themselves employed. Nat Semi acquisition was sought to add tech talent, but Nat Semi was never in the top 3 of analog, and many of their best people left. Recent lay-offs tended to remove a lot of talent - those who stayed seemed most politically skilled, not technically talented, consequently a lot of talent got picked up by top competitors, probably on the cheap. Top management comes from sales and marketing, not from design, which probably accounts for a lot of the above issues. I can't see how TI can compete with the top 3 in analog - other than on price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut down on politics - focus on technical excellence; start growing technical management, not career climbers. Stop promoting sales/marketing types into senior management - there are way too many of those and they are the ones who create politics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Systems Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Instruments

    Pros

    Friendly environment and good benefit

    Cons

    Lack of investment and sales oriented culture

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    Managing perception

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    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Texas Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large established infrastructure worldwide, good benefits in the US.

    Cons

    Just like leaders of many other publicly traded companies TI managers are mostly focused on impressing investors. This culture spreads through all levels of the company. It does not matter what you do, it only matters what your boss think you do.
     The company has very few innovative products. Product designed decades ago generate most of the revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build true engineering company, do not hire so many clueless MBAs to manage engineers, respect engineers, they are not just tools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not a great place for digital engineers

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    Current Employee - ASIC Physical Design Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - ASIC Physical Design Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Texas Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Latest technology
    2. Lot of responsibilities. Good chance to learn a lot
    3. You will get to work with the best people in the industry
    4. Flexible timings and great compensation

    Cons

    1. Poor work life balance. Long meetings (5~6 hours a day). Will end up putting 16 hours a day at work overall.
    2. No job security. Layoff is a quarterly ritual. Will be working with a knife under the neck
    3. Company is more focused toward analog business. Not a good place for digital engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business plan should be well thought. If a business is going down, efforts should be made to improve the business. Shutting down all the divisions will only shrink the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    review on TI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Instruments

    Pros

    Location. Reasonable work load. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Too much focused on financial status. No focus on future technical leadership. Low job security.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning. Not sure about future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible company. Good learning & personal growth

    Cons

    Not sure about where the company is headed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    IC Design Engineering

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    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    TI provides a great learning environment with lots of infrastructure. It has solid foundation of people, experience, and products. Plenty of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    It is a very large company with large company issues. Easy to get lost in the crowd. Hard to tell if my work really impacts the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to move into the new era where only the fit survives. Consider cutting down on the number of levels of management and very long term employees who don't produce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Texas Instruments full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great work life balance, generous compensation

    Cons

    Lots of periodical lay offs happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    follow conservative staffing strategies to avoid mass layoffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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