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ON Semiconductor Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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ON Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director Keith D. Jackson
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  • Work-life balance is almost non-existent (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management is no more than a good 'old boys club (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "On Semiconductor is a good place to work at, but not a great one."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to quickly accumulate experiences by exposing yourself towards a wide variety of semiconductor packages and technologies, albeit most are well established and do not represent the forefront of technical innovations; most people, engineers and technicians, work their 8 hours a day with solid output; it's rare to see more than a few who are willing to work longer than 8 hours a day due to lack of incentives to do so; On Semiconductor is growing amid rising raw materials cost and lowering market demands, thanks to the relentless cost-saving measures which some viewed as negative and some viewed as positive.

    Cons

    ON Semiconductor heavily relies upon volume and low cost to generate revenue and profits; most people can understand the pressure to get quarter-to-quarter results however in the long run, the company may find itself squeezed to push the costs any lower; significant differences between different groups/BU, as some maintain and encourage positive working environments while others have to silently accept the negativity that's rampant at the workplace. So it's not rare to see some people working real hard while not being recognized accordingly, while others who are not producing much solid work getting rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your strong performers and loyal employees; do not start doing so only after you see people leaving because then it will be too late;
    Implement a performance-based workforce consolidation - let go of those low performers and bring in new blood to cultivate strongly motivated working atmosphere


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, but treated as a number."

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in American Fork, UT
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in American Fork, UT
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The design work in the Custom and Foundry Products (former AMIS) is interesting and rewarding. There are always new projects coming down the pipe, so designers get to shift gears regularly and develop circuits for different applications. Project leads and immediate supervisors are very understanding about spending time with family, etc. (i.e. having a life outside of work!)

    Cons

    After the AMIS aquisition, it really seems that upper management does not care much at all about the employees. Things are done "for the good of the company," which I suppose ultimately means good for the employee (insofar as it creates job stability), but it's hard to be excited working for a company that pinches pennies so tightly. The ON "entity" doesn't seem to care about the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Give the resources to lower-level managers to reward employees, set incentives, and give reasonable raises.

    Don't make press releases that may cause the stock to drop in the two-week ESPP interim before employees can sell.

    ON has been represented as a "performance-based" company. However, the only bonuses and pay-cuts I've seen have been company-wide. Reward the performers!

  3. "Okay place to work, not too stressful or exciting"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Good work-life balance. Lots of former Motorola engineers who are used to working 40 hour weeks
    2) Decent pay
    3) Benefits are okay. Getting time off is easy.

    Cons

    1) Performance review process is terrible. There are yearly reviews, but they don't mean anything. They don't really change your compensation and everyone ends up getting the same raise.
    2) Management received a big raise the same year that all employees were told there wouldn't be any raises.
    3) Stock hasn't moved in a long time. Not worth buying the stock.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to employees. Do not take big stock options, bonuses, and pay raises when the rest of the employees have to take pay cuts.


  4. "ON Semiconductor Corp. - a semiconductor industry survivor . . ."

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are OK, and when business is good the bonuses can be nice. The company is astutely managed from a financial engineering point of view, since it has handled its long term corporate debt while at the same time acquired smaller competitors with time. The manufacturing side of the company is generally pretty efficient, and so the company will likely continue its strategy of debt reduction, and external acquisitions, in order to keep its manufacturing lines busy, which after a decade of independence from Motorola, is what management has proven it knows well.

    Cons

    The variability of the consumer/commodity cyclical semiconductor market makes for difficult long-term planning. The company is a conglomeration of other companies purchased over the years, which makes internal communication harder due to a lack of standardization of software, systems, or business processes, so it can sometimes feel like a collection of independent silos. The global nature of the company is challenging, which sometimes makes for odd hours and communications issues due to distance and cultural differences. The size of the long-term corporate debt, can prompt the company to made sudden changes, with little warning to employees affected.

    Advice to Management

    More support for internal company growth would be good, with bigger budgets for new products and R&D, will help motivate and retain current talent, as opposed to focusing managements efforts on cost reductions and buying market share through external acquisitions. Tuition reimbursements, or budgets for seminars or conferences to keep current with technology, would help employees keep up to date. Cross-training opportunities, or mentoring, would be a plus for employee development as well. One-time bonuses as part of pay-for-performance are not nearly as effective a long-term motivator as would be a few leadership goals to focus employees (and customers) on a unifying message, like 'analog power leader' or something similar. Focusing on new markets, new products, new technology, is usually more of an inspiration to the general rank-and-file than some money for meeting metrics, time and again. But as always, concrete actions over time, will speak louder than any future words or slogans, to inspire the troops.


  5. "n/a"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    sanyo acquisition. Revenue and Profit growth opportunity

    Cons

    too many Aquisitions happen in a shor time frame


  6. "Very free place to work."

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -very relaxed atmosphere, everyone is pretty laid back
    -It was easy to ask questions, but you do not get a response immediately
    -as an engineer, if you go up into lab, the engineers/techs that work there are great. They help you set up lab equipment and show you where everything is that you need.

    Cons

    -Management does not communicate what it wants done on projects. You are kind of left to figure out some things on your own and hope it meets your manager's approval
    -Management does not communicate, period


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, interesting work, BAD manager!"

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    Current Employee - Systems Technician in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Systems Technician in Pocatello, ID
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is fast paced and interesting. The pay is competitive, and the offered benefits are really good.

    Cons

    Management is several departments are very poor. This company often promotes based on seniority, not by any measurable leadership abilities.
    For example:My manager is really bad at all things related to leadership, but really knows how to do the individual jobs of his team.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring managers to lead groups, it will make a difference!

  8. "good company for long term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ON Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    stable, get good balance between work and life.

    Cons

    little opportunity for career improvement.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible environment. Good location and facility.

    Cons

    Managements do not really care about retaining talent people.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee feedback.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The company wants worker bees."

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    Former Employee - Production Planner in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The co-workers were the best asset for the company.

    Cons

    The company does not care about you.


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