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  1. "Fast pace"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Pflugerville, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Pflugerville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay was good
    Worked compressed shift 4 days/3 days off
    Then 3 days/4 days off. Wednesday were swing days for day shift and Saturday's for night shift
    12 hour days

    Cons

    Very fast pace environment. Took most of the chairs out so manufacturing were on their feet for many hours before breaks.
    A lot of people complain about being tired and feet and knees hurt

    Advice to Management

    Need more breaks for people to get off of their feet or put chairs back so they can sit every now and then


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Pre-merger with NXP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good engineering talent all around. Ability to take on new roles and responsibilities. Great medical benefits. Profit sharing is good when the company does well

    Cons

    Always working under the shadow of imminent job cuts. This is an industry that cannot only turn a profit by trimming the fat. The glory days of chipmakers are over. It is now a commodity item.

    Advice to Management

    Dont think only about making the shareholders happy. Scrap the lengthy annual performance appraisal and make it a quicker one twice a year.

  3. "Technical Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good medical benefits. Very little real work.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for career advancement. Lots of meetings, presentations, weekly reporting and 'planning'.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineering Technician in Buda, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineering Technician in Buda, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and most co-workers are great people.

    Cons

    Hours are bad and bad management. Bonus and incentives could be a lot better. The wrong people get recognition while those who really do the hard work get none. Favoritism runs rampant. Sad how the Cons outweighs the Pros.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage


  5. "IP Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - IC Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IC Design Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with are easygoing and friendly, and very knowledgeable. A fairly secure market in automotive means the company is not going away any time soon.

    Cons

    The typical big-company atmosphere of fear and paranoia caused by the non-transparent employee rating system, seemingly constant layoffs. No one there is hiring now due to the uncertainty from the impending merger with NXP.

    Advice to Management

    Reign in the excessive quality control metrics taking and checklisting, and innovate within your key market areas. Don't rest on laurels and rely so much on reuse. Make it a fun place to work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Top down style micromanagment"

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    Former Employee - Clean Room Operator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Clean Room Operator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The state of the technology is above average

    Cons

    No promotion, nobody cares about your skill or education achievements , you are gonna be managed by managers or supervisors who have no idea about semiconductor science and technology ( especially if you work in the fab as operator)

    Advice to Management

    Kick out all those brainless supervisors


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Old-fashioned Command-and-Control Has Got to Go"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    -used to be a fun, creative place to work and innovate
    -location is good, and depending on your group, the people are fantastic
    -benefits are stellar
    -Greg Lowe actually cared about the employees, though see below about the TI culture he brought with him
    -NXP merger makes the future exciting if you are in strategically valuable divisions

    Cons

    -chronically under-resourced and overworked since 2008, though the fresh-out hires are helping to reinvigorate the culture

    -some divisions are very old-fashioned, with a command-and-control approach that is at odds with the young, hip, innovative image that the company is trying to sell to the outside. If you are actually young, hip, and innovative, be careful. You might not enjoy the work if you end up in one of the more stodgy, hierarchical divisions that are more reminiscent of old-school TI than old Motorola (where we used to get to spend 10% of our time doing our own scientific research). Your arm will get strong from saluting, so there's that!

    Advice to Management

    Be very deliberate about which programs and markets you wish to enter, then fund those areas to win. Funding for mediocrity in order to meet short term financial goals erodes morale and innovation. It may mean shutting down some divisions, but that's better than the death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach that's been employed thus far.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary. Regular reviews.

    Cons

    Freescale wants everything. They are a global company and expect their employees on 24-7, taking meetings at 9 at night or 3 in the morning, but then can retaliate if you try to have work-life balance during normal working hours. Layoffs happen often and remaining employees are expected to double and triple their workload to make up for the missing employees. During my tenure there, three people in their 30s-40s died from heart related problems. The stress is real.

    Advice to Management

    Have respect for your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Operator review"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Operator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor (More than a year)

    Pros

    My co-workers are for the most part really good people including the leads and supervisors.
    Rotating 3-12hr work days with 4-12hr work days, basically you
     Work 14days a month.
    Good benifits if you can ever get hired permanent.

    Cons

    Under paid!!!!
    This is a multi billion Corp. that has operators who have been with them 20+yrs that are barely making, and in some cases not making $20hr.
    The hiring process for permanent employees is in my opinion horrible. There is a revolving front door of good people leaving because they can't get hired on.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't take a year to figure out if an employee is going to be good. You should easily have a firm grasp on an employees competency in 6 months max. If you hire the good ones and keep them from leaving it would cut down drastically on the revolving door syndrome.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Inter-department back stabbing, poor management, great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freescale has GREAT benefits and pretty solid salaries. Headquartered in Austin is pretty great too.

    Cons

    They have a term at FSL called "throwing someone under the bus". It happens constantly. Departments don't work as teams, they often blame one another for mistakes. There isn't much accountability. Marketing is in shambles with no real leadership of what is going on and they don't have an understanding of the job. Poor managers greatly outnumber the great ones. Poor managers can ruin your career rapidly here, even if you have been a top performer at every other company you work for. Management often has no idea what you do. Zero understanding of your job. If you are good at educating them and setting boundaries without offending them you will do very well. If you are lucky, you'll get an amazing boss who gets it. Usually amazing management leaves burnt out or gets thrown under the bus by another manager.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


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