United Microelectronics Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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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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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Once the compensation matches, the talent comes.


  2. UMC is an 2nd tier company to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great job security but bureaucracy makes career growth difficult.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Challenging work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Microelectronics full-time

    Pros

    Lots of training and promotion opportunity

    Cons

    Tough bosses and mostly Chinese speaking only.

    Advice to Management

    Always challenging but be fair and open minded


  6. Poor management

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Higher monthly pay with similar industries

    Cons

    Poor management. Only focused on making people do more unproductive reports instead of spending the time to troubleshoot properly or improvement of yield.

    Advice to Management

    Need a change of mindset. Do not keep blaming people or departments and forcing unnecessary paperwork. Work as a team instead of pushing blame.


  7. Balance between life and work

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Microelectronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    not requested for overtime work

    Cons

    Much lower salary compared with competition

    Advice to Management

    Not just to be a follower


  8. Staff engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good working enviornment, not bad pay

    Cons

    working under pressure, unpleasant company culture


  9. Stable jobs with good pay, but bad for personal growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Stable jobs with good pay. it's difficult to be fired.

    Cons

    A lot of routine job, which is bad for personal growth. Lack of teamwork, it's quite often to see the schedule delay.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of finding a lot of new guys who just graduated from school, it's urgent to find the employee or expert who is more experienced to co-work with. This will be really helpful to solve the problem and help the team to catch up the project schedule.


  10. Taiwan Management Culture

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    buck up


  11. Challenging with good pay, but easy to burn out

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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