United Microelectronics

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United Microelectronics Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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United Microelectronics CEO and Director Shih-Wei Sun
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  1.  

    Good place to learn, many opportunities in this mid-sized company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at United Microelectronics

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once the compensation matches, the talent comes.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    UMC is an 2nd tier company to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at United Microelectronics

    Pros

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

    Cons

    UMC 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 ManagementAdvice

    They 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job security but bureaucracy makes career growth difficult.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at United Microelectronics

    Pros

    UMC 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Taiwan Management Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at United Microelectronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security as company will not retrench. You will just be as to leave

    Cons

    incompetent middle management due to promotion base on seniority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    buck up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging with good pay, but easy to burn out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at United Microelectronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Management style

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)

    I worked at United Microelectronics full-time

    Pros

    Humanization and think about how to work with family life

    Cons

    Easy 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    company with lots of opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at United Microelectronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    many chances to expose to learning

    Cons

    low efficient system structure, but many good ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice company in Taiwan

    Current Employee - Engineer in Tainan (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tainan (Taiwan)

    I have been working at United Microelectronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  10.  

    UMC in Singapore

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at United Microelectronics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    OK salary for entry level.

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

    Less effective administration, much space left to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at United Microelectronics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good payment and more friends here.

    Cons

    nobody care the idea from engineer. all decision is top-down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more Liston from engineer will be better if want UMC become more powerfull.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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