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Freescale Semiconductor President & CEO Gregg Lowe
Gregg Lowe
380 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good management, good policies , work life balance(in 122 reviews)

  • "Employee friendly and very good work environment(in 73 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance may not be possible at all times(in 34 reviews)

  • "Since they were acquired by NXP, many people were kicked-off regardless of their competencies(in 30 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Place

      Nov 7, 2016 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people and great working environment.

      Cons

      It was merged by NXP.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      A shell of what it once was

      Oct 21, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
      Recommend
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      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.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Enjoyed the people and job, but things are changing.

      May 1, 2015 - IT Professional in Chandler, AZ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good people who care about what they do and the people they work with. - Interesting work. - Good pay and benefits. - Global organization which has contributed positively more than subtracted. - Telecommuting supported.

      Cons

      - Global organization which can mean early mornings to meet with people to the east and late nights to meet with people to the west -- sometimes on the same day and with the same people. - Many, many reorganizations and management changes and when you are caught between them you are out the door. Reductions routinely occur 4-8 times a year. - Headquartered, for the moment, in Austin, Texas. If you are somewhere else in the United States expect to be marginalized in any reorganization. - Freescale is being bought out by NXP, a Dutch company. Statements made during the merger announcement claim $200 million in projected savings in the first year. One can expect a large portion of that to be people based on "normal" post-merger behavior.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      It's Been my Life, but ... Things Change

      Sep 30, 2015 - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I've been with Freescale since it was still Motorola Semiconductor, working as an engineer designing processor cores, SoCs, and models thereof. It has sustained my life for over two decades, and in general, it's been great. However, things have changed over time, and are about to change (probably) even more. As a general matter, no matter how you slice it, Motorola->Freescale has taken care of me with challenging work and good salary and benefits. I've always been impressed by open, honest, and ethical attitude almost everybody at Freescale exudes. Integrity and the desire to do everything right here is off-scale high!

      Cons

      Historically, I have done engineering that is not Freescale's mainstay, and at first they really rewarded that. Although unusual, what I have done has been valuable to Freescale. Still, as with the Computer Engineering industry as a whole, life balance has completely toppled. We used to have a life where you could do geeky fun projects on the side (some of which lead to new products), and then go home and pursue your hobbies. Continuous cost cutting has eroded that down to ... nothing: In my particular case, where there once was a team of five working on oodles of models, rigorously tested, it had gradually ramped down to half of one person (me) only, working very long hours, with almost no hobbies, barely able to test the simulators I write. Now they are shutting down the whole operation. Again though, I'm not in the mainstay areas within Freescale. In the mainstay areas, my assessment is that they are just right at adequately staffed. Now Freescale is about to, I guess at least, change a lot, with NXP taking over. It's hard to guess how the combined company will be to work for. My guess would be that more things will stay the same than will change, but one can only guess. What things in particular will change, also will be hard to guess.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Pros

      As a semiconductor company, this provides a foundation for needing to keep up with technology advances - so always able to learn new things.

      Cons

      Freescale is changing now to NXP with the merger announcement in March 2015 - future is uncertain although speculation is the new company will be a dominate player - time will tell.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Honest Suggestions

      Jun 11, 2015 - Design Engineer II in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      very experience engineers all round. Very friendly environment to work work in and people are very patient in helping you with your tasks.

      Cons

      Moving to Austin was difficult and trying to adapt to a culture different from mine. Merging with NXP may lead to massive layoffs within the various ranks in the company.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Outsource Resource Manager

      Dec 17, 2015 - IT Manager in Chandler, AZ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Wonderful CEO in Gregg Lowe. This has been a very stable company that has produced world class products.

      Cons

      Being bought out by NXP so the future, new CEO, and culture are TBD. There is currently a culture of unknown which can be difficult at times.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company.

      Mar 12, 2015 - Finance in Phoenix, AZ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Pool tables. - Onsite gym. - Some nice people and good coworkers.

      Cons

      - No time to play pool. - No time to go to the onsite gym. - I've spent less money at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse than I have for lunch at the Freescale cafeteria. - Work/Life balance does not exist in Finance (expect 10-12hr days and then working during the nights/weekends/holidays). - A lot of the people here seem to be unwilling to get along with others. - Limited growth in Finance (which could change with the latest news involving NXP). - Do the same thing over and over and over and over and over (see what I did there?)

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Was a Great Company

      Jul 21, 2017 - Technical Program Manager in Chandler, AZ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting work, great people, great CEO with clear direction for future.

      Cons

      Sold to NXP Semiconductor which has no clear direction for future.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Post-merger, not so good

      Oct 29, 2016 - SMTS DEVICE ENGINEER in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pre-merger, great place to work - employees felt empowered and management turned things around. Post-merger - not so much.

      Cons

      NXP management was very obviously out to chop down the organization and get ready to flip the company. Little to no regard for legacy FSL employees - we were turned out in droves. But hey, it worked!

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