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Updated February 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is usually great for the industry (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, no one breathing down your neck every minute, had a lot of fun activities for employee's, very competitive pay (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management focuses more on politics than revenue (in 13 reviews)

  • Life in semiconductors is like a roller coaster, lots of ups and downs with no steady periods (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Fairchild Semiconductor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, many opportunities with advancement. Oldest Semiconductor company in the world

    Cons

    Sold out to ON Semi

    Advice to Management

    Should have add better M&A efforts instead of selling out to a competitor


  2. "design director"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    interesting project, good co-worker, nice trail around company, ok pay, ok vocation

    Cons

    long proecess, not interesting in investing new technology, no cafe, gym is too small,smells


  3. "Previously a good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair Pay, Great Benefits and time off

    Cons

    Management unprofessional, not appreciated for your work


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  5. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Most executives are approachable. Engineering teams are talented and hard working.

    Cons

    Manufacturing; systems; the decision to close one fab and one factory is probably the right medicine for the long term, but the execution created a lot of problems ST and LT.


  6. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good coworkers, environment and culture

    Cons

    Management spent alot of money to upgrade the facilities

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. "Well, it's no wonder now. The end was in sight in 2008."

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    Former Employee - Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, now. Back in the day it was high pay, good management, nice people. Interesting and challenging work, good work environment.

    Cons

    Nothing to say now. They have continued their export of jobs overseas to the point of no longer being in business. Seems like that's what they had in mind the whole time since 2008. That's when they started cycling in a slew of poor management and apparently " connected" relatives to ruin the place. Which they seemed to have accomplished now. Sending all our jobs overseas was not patriotic or even human. They tried real hard to appear like they cared, but in reality, they did not. I'm sure all those involved got a better outlook than the workers did.


  8. "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Manchester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Frequent interaction between Design Engineers and Application Engineers. Also, frequent interaction between Design Engineers and Layout Engineers. Frequent interaction among designers at different locations.

    Cons

    The human resources department was virtually non-existent. There was animosity between different groups at different locations since the company was doing badly. The groups didn't have knowledge of all different areas. As a result, the designs required several iterations to pass and the product quality also was bad.

    Advice to Management

    Reward innovations in design. Design Engineers are the heart of the company and do all steps necessary to retain them. Many design locations have hard time filling positions and positions are open for years. Design Engineers are moving to adjacent companies.


  9. "So long Fairchild"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fairchild was a good place to work for 17 years. Was very disappointed in how things ended with the sale of the companyh

    Cons

    They Should not have sold the company


  10. "Diminishing returns"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairchild always paid a fair wage, and their benefits were pretty good, until the affordable care act changed everything.

    Cons

    Poor management. No clear direction, and now that they are selling themselves to ON Semi, everyone seems to be awaiting some sort of package, and stressing about the future.

    Advice to Management

    In one of the largest bull markets in the last hundred years, the stock did nothing, until it was announced that FSC was going to be purchased by ON. My advice to management, take your packages and retire, as your track record is horrible and you took a profitable company, and somehow you got it to a point where it was no longer able to compete.


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    "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits to all.

    Cons

    Bad leadership throughout the company.



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