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Fairchild Semiconductor Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for the first 20 years, not so much the last 6 but they treated us very well when they closed."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician II in West Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician II in West Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Challenging and fast paced work environment. If you enjoy the pressure of meeting increasing goals this is great.

    Cons

    Over the past few years management shifted from a team based approach which empowered employees to do their jobs to a micromanaging style. Second guessing every decision after the fact. Very frustrating to work in that place.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people do the jobs you pay them to do without Monday morning quarterbacking every decision


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lost their way"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    The core work force that remains is good but are getting very discouraged. Team in Maine is excellent. Work-life balance is ok.

    Cons

    Complete lack of focus and strategy. They go into business areas with insufficient investment to succeed. Their cost structure is poor relative to the competition. Their main business is discrete transistors which is in jeopardy due to emerging technologies. Very slow to make business decisions which ends up impacting engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Replace "C" level management, have the new team pick an area that they want to dominate, go private and invest heavily w/o wall street influence. Come out the other side with a strong roadmap. Alternatively, part out the company to other semi players


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fairchild"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - IT Support Technician in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Support Technician in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment, with excellent personal and benefits

    Cons

    Layoffs, no sure how long the 2 remaining plants in the US will continue operations.

    Advice to Management

    Shutting down Salt Lake Plant was a mistake for the future of Fairchild.


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  5. "Administrative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture and environment is great- Fairchild really works hard at promoting company activities such as monthly socials, summer sunset cruise, and team building events within departments. I like the fact you can really focus on doing things you enjoy, and have time to further develop and learn new things. Training and growth is encouraged here.

    Cons

    Being a semiconductor company, business can be up and down. However, if you keep yourself involved and valuable, you will succeed and have a long career here.

    Advice to Management

    Continuously recognize all employees and take time to celebrate the successes to maintain a positive environment.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Mfg Equipment Maintenance Tech I in South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Mfg Equipment Maintenance Tech I in South Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people I work with are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Your just a worker. Easily replaced. They let a lot of good Technicians go and didn't even acknowledge their years of service when they left. Just let them walk out the door. They don't hold much value on their employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "All based on market conditions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Electro-mechanical Technician in South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Electro-mechanical Technician in South Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Good overtime opportunities when business is in upswing and doing well.

    Cons

    very volatile market. forced to take vacation or unemployment during slow times.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "A sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work and life are better balanced than some other companies; there are some people who really know things and businesses

    Cons

    The upper management focuses more on politics than revenue. Constant reorg has been going for the passed years and the turn over rate is overwhelmingly high, which caused projects delay or cancellation after tremendous money has been spent.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "A Pathetic Mess"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fairchild pays well and there are excellent people who work there--though few and generally not in positions of power.

    Cons

    Fairchild's rating is inflated due to shill reviews by HR, but those reviews are easy to spot and filter. All companies have strengths and weaknesses--none are perfect--and semiconductor companies are hard-hit by tough business conditions, but it's hard to imagine a more pathetic, soulless, dysfunctional company than this fake Fairchild (I say fake, because other than the name, this company has nothing to do with the historic industry pioneer of the 1960s). They desperately want to serve Wall Street with quarterly earnings and valued, high-margin products, but they don't have the vaguest clue how to do it. So, they steal money from successful products and flush it away on ill-considered, obsolete-before-released products run by arrogant, worthless superstar "leaders". This might sound harsh, but I'm being kind. The Board of Directors should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this management cesspool to fester. Does this company want to change? Then hire honorable people passionate about technology--not ego-bloated, clueless fools and I say that to describe 90% of the people they hired in the three-four years.

    Advice to Management

    Retire, enjoy your money and dedicate the rest of your life to atoning for the horror show you created.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management, Lack of Strategy, Incompetent COO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairchild Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    On-site cafeteria (but not free); on-site gym (but small in size); easy access to executive management as the HQ is in San Jose. The CFO is quite competent and experienced.

    Cons

    Inability to attract or retain talents; incompetent, egoistic COO (fortunately he was fired in 2014, but it took the Board almost two years to get rid of him) who primarily turned the company upside down without taking into consideration the core competencies and strengths of the Company.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your own strengths and build on those. Don't pretend to be TI, ADI or LTC when you are not even close to what they can do.


  11. "good life work balance but low pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good life work balance, nice people and management

    Cons

    low pay compared with competitor

    Advice to Management

    increase the salary to attract good engineer


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