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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. "Accounts Payable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work. Management responsive about the needs of employees.

    Cons

    Hours are long, and some co-workers are lazy about their job. Try to be more assertive.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not for software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Salary and life work balance is not bad. I like location (Austin) too.Teammates are friendly. Benefit is also good.

    Cons

    Work is not exciting for software engineer. The most of job is customer support and repetitive of similar hardware level programming.

    Advice to Management

    It really depends on team. My manager was supportive but not technical so much. I think performance evaluation largely depends on team assignment rather than your skill.


  7. "Servicing the debt crippled the company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freescale Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    friendly people
    job for life if you're so inclined

    Cons

    debt, management turnover, lay offs, set in their ways

    Advice to Management

    with the acquisition by NXP there's not much to say, time will tell how that goes

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A shell of what it once was"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were great. Some of the best minds in the industry. Salary and benefits were slightly below average for the industry. CEO seemed like the best we had in some time. Still have pockets of differentiating technology.

    Cons

    Most of those best minds have left or have been let go in short sighted cost cutting. Freescale engages in low scale layoffs every year; often multiple times per year. Layoffs are usually kept small enough to not trip any disclosure requirements.

    Work life balance varies greatly depending on the group you are in. It can range from good to absolutely soul sucking. Pay attention to the location of most of the positive reviews... Austin. Phoenix area is and has been a step child for some time. Management in the Tempe Analog group is terrible. Sensors is a revolving door. RF group, on the other hand, is extremely well run with good work/life balance.

    Culture is dysfunctional with different pockets depending on which executives are still around from which past CEO. TI management that came in with Greg Lowe centered in Austin and manufacturing. Still many pockets of IBM culture from previous CEO. Phoenix still has much of the old Motorola culture; at least in the RF group. Now with the NXP merger looming yet another culture.

    Merger with NXP is supposed to realize $200M in savings. Assume a large % of that will be people let go...Most of the senior management after the merger will be from NXP.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to act like you are always the smartest person in the room and listen to your employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "unstable job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Freescale Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    hi-tech company, job heavy loading

    Cons

    often jobs cuts, a good job balance


  10. "intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good intern program and pay

    Cons

    did not learn much since mentor sucks


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