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National Semiconductor Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, Good salary, great people to work with (in 7 reviews)

  • National Semiconductor has great people to work and offers a fair amount of ability to move around within the company (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Too much cost pressure, No need for consumers to continuous upgrade to the newest and greatest, thus they got bought by TI (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Distribution Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement.
    Constantly keeping up with technology.

    Cons

    Being bought by TI. Loss of a true legend company in the valley.


  2. "Overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Growth, flexible, benefits, training, rotation

    Cons

    None, None, None, None, None

  3. "Avoid semiconductors in general."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good salary, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Semiconductors are a tough industry to be in. Too much cost pressure, No need for consumers to continuous upgrade to the newest and greatest, thus they got bought by TI.

    Advice to Management

    Get out while you can.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work in the valley

    Cons

    Company was acquired and consolidated


  5. "software system engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have good vision but lack of exec

    Cons

    Chopped a lot of business and no further growth.


  6. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Firmware Applications Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Applications Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at National Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work environment was friendly and supportive. Stress level was less than at other jobs.

    Cons

    In four years we had to move our desks to new locations at least three times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating well with your employees and contractors.


  7. "Great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People were great and cared about one another. Very process oriented. Good work/life balance. So many professionals passed through National, it was like the farm team for the semi industry.

    Cons

    Company never had a good strategy for winning. It had too many different strategies over time and placed too many diverse bets.

    Advice to Management

    Selling was a good choice for shareholders and employees who remain.

  8. "Good company, just a little slower."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture within finance.

    Cons

    Low visibility. Things move very slowly, so don't expect a lot of changes.


  9. "Great people to work with, but overall poor strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart, motivated and friendly colleagues. Relaxed atmosphere with solid compensation compared to industry standards. Decent time off policy.

    Cons

    Poor strategic leadership drove group in too many directions leading to significant quarter on quarter decline before departure. Strategy was not focused but attempted to use resources for many different diverging market opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on core competencies.


  10. "It was a great company to work for before the TI took over."

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

    I worked at National Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The formal National Semiconductor CEO Brian Halla sucked.

    Cons

    Not sure what it would be.


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