United Microelectronics

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Updated May 25, 2014

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2.7 18 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

United Microelectronics CEO and Director Shih-Wei Sun

Shih-Wei Sun

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to learn, many opportunities in this mid-sized company

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros1. gain knowledge of the latest technology, industrial ecosystem
    2. potential to grow within the UMC group --- there are many subsidiaries

    Cons1. overall compensation may not be as good as competitors
    2. foundry business is a mature industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnce the compensation matches, the talent comes.

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    UMC is an 2nd tier company to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsUMC provides foundry working experience for new graduate to explore process technology, design support, and customer support.

    ConsUMC is 2nd tier foundry and the top management team is 2nd class executives who don't have good strategy. Their strategy is to match TSMC process technology. Their existence is to provide another competition for fabless company such that they have alternative to negotiate price with TSMC.
    Their business will be very subject to the business cycle of semiconductor industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey needs new thinker that can think out of box to inject good strategy.
    The customer driven strategy means no strategy at all and is doomed to fail.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job security but bureaucracy makes career growth difficult.

    Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsUMC is a traditional company with a lot of job security. They try very hard to not have to lay off any employees (it's seen as a place where you can work until retirement). Also, given the size of its business (large for a Taiwanese company), it affords a lot of different experiences to its employees. It is seen as prestigious (in Taiwan) and since it has fabs in many different countries, you will have travel experiences as well. Good vacation package and benefits package. Also, there is good work life balance. Finally, there is a good mix of younger and older employees.

    ConsThere is a lot of internal politics and bureaucracy. This sometimes makes it quite hard to get the information needed to complete a project or to implement anything cross functional. Also, like many other big companies, promotions can sometimes be more about who know rather than what you know. There is a heavy emphasis on seniority within the company and there are cases where it seems that if you've been around long enough, you will be given management opportunities over someone who is more capable. This creates dissatisfaction among the most valuable junior employees and contributes to higher turnover and attrition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline business more and focus on cost reduction and profitability. Also, do away with some of the bureaucracy to improve retention of most talented employees.

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    Challenging with good pay, but easy to burn out

    Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsRelatively good pay, good colleagues, and plenty of learning/ (internal) training opportunities.

    ConsStressful work culture (a lot of bad tempers and yelling during meetings), no focus on character building, high manpower turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo retain more of your human assets, it might be good to focus more on making your employees feel that they are accomplishing things. There's too much focus on blame when something goes wrong and not enough credit that goes around when the opposite happens.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management style

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee) Hsinchu (Taiwan)

    ProsHumanization and think about how to work with family life

    ConsEasy to change the decision. Too many uncertainties that change the direction and limited resource to approach the goal. Ask employ to do something that not about the job function

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    company with lots of opportunity

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Prosmany chances to expose to learning

    Conslow efficient system structure, but many good ideas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Nice company in Taiwan

    Engineer (Current Employee) Tainan (Taiwan)

    ProsMost people are nice. The paid can satisfy the engineers for basic life quality.

    ConsFor aggressive people, here is easier to be promoted. Resource is limited.

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    UMC in Singapore

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsOK salary for entry level.

    ConsWorking with pressure, Chinese speaking working environment in Singapore, which may make you feel isolated from locals. Foundry business is not so profitable as several year earlier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess effective administration, much space left to improve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    too lot of engineer not focus on the job instead of other paper work.

    Staff Process Engineer (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Prosgood payment and more friends here.

    Consnobody care the idea from engineer. all decision is top-down.

    Advice to Senior Managementmore Liston from engineer will be better if want UMC become more powerfull.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    UMC in singapore

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospay not bad, Nothing special,

    ConsChinese speaking working environment in singapore. May make you feel isolated from Singapore locals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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