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ON Semiconductor Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Most management promote work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Good pay, Good Work Environment (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is almost non-existent (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management is disconnected from the work which goes on (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great stepping stone in career development, poor job security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Unit Planning Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Business Unit Planning Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great place to build resume
    -Good salary, decent benefits
    -Knowledgeable coworkers and staff
    -Opportunities to act in several managerial and analyst roles
    -Gave me a decent severance package after laying me off, even though my tenure was only 5 months

    Cons

    -Absolutely no job security, no tenure is safe
    -Layoffs are very frequent
    -Almost every new hire I met quit after a few months
    -Low morale, somewhat depressing atmosphere
    -Constant griping and complaining behind managers' backs, especially from engineers
    -Bureaucracy is pretty rampant, especially with frequent organizational shakeups
    -Rivalry within parts of the company, especially due to cultural differences
    -Strong push to offshore analyst and manager positions to Shenzhen, including the one I held.

    Advice to Management

    Be more lean with hiring workforces, don't hire and layoff in such a short cycle. Focus on making a less mercenary work culture.


  2. "Good, but boring."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Process Intern in Gresham, OR
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Process Intern in Gresham, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ON Semiconductor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Better pay and benefits than other industries.

    Cons

    Suffers the same problems that all semiconductor manufacturing companies do. The work is repetitive, unrewarding, and unstimulating. It's impossible to make changes, no matter how good they look, and it's difficult to learn things because no one knows the answers to a lot of questions and you can't do experiments to figure them out.

    Advice to Management

    Unshackle your engineers.


  3. "It's a Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pocatello, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High paying, especially for the area.

    Cons

    Known for laying people off. Engineers are over worked and expected to perform many more roles and handle much more product than at other semiconductor companies.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect engineers to do the job of 3 people and still expect them to stay with the company.


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  5. "Acquisition victim of ON's buying spree...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're a Romanian from the Catalyst Acquisition, you're somewhat protected. Incompetence and socially unacceptable behavior are tolerated, even rewarded it seems. On the other hand, if you're from the old Moto clan, you've got a place in Phoenix.

    Cons

    If you're not a Romanian and you get the pleasure to interface with those people... let's just say it's an experience... but if you're not located in Phoenix, forget about advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't buy a small company to grab the cash in the bank if it's run by idiots that protect "their own" and hire all of their relatives back in the motherland! Do the shareholders a favor and invest in something with some real IP, not a nepotistic jelly-bean commodity house.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Components manufacturer tries to branch out, not very successfully."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Management in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Management in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's better than not working. Many good people at the company. You can hide out forever, if you keep your head down.

    Cons

    Management is very "Motorola" centric. If you're from Moto, you do okay at ON. Otherwise, you are treated like a conquered country. Nobody tells the truth. At the monthly reviews, almost all projects are reported as on time, when most of them are slipping hugely. If you dare to tell the truth, you are shown the door.

    Advice to Management

    Stop shooting the messenger. Reward people who are brave enough to speak the truth, regardless of how painful it is. You cannot make good business decisions with bad data.


  7. "Need to do more for employee morale"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for movement and growth around the company (ie will allow to transfer easily between departments). Will look good on a resume as it is a large international company. Lets you work from home as often as you want, flex schedule

    Cons

    Forced time off, negative vacation! Hire horrible, inexperienced managers. Very political environment with lots of office drama.

    Advice to Management

    Do better research on your new hires. Get rid of the old workers who are eating up the payroll and maybe we wouldn't have to take so much forced time off. And do something nice for your employees!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Pocatello, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice town to work in

    Cons

    No change to move up, stale team members, no one ever moves on and chance for advancement in a small town in 0

    Advice to Management

    Do your homework, allow advancement withing the ranks.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing through acquisition allows ability to try different manager level positions.

    Cons

    To advance to director level you must be in good old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee growth.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Just under average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Digital Design Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people on my team are great. Among team members there is no back-stabbing or ladder climbing. These people are thinning due to attrition and multiple years of the effects of the "Cons" section, but there are still good groups of people in isolated places.

    Cons

    From the corporate level down they have a strategy of "just under industry average". That extends to rate of hiring, amount of people staffed on projects, quality of projects, compensation, benefits, technology, IP, etc. This theory was actually stated in those words at an HR meet-and-greet.

    Advice to Management

    It is a global market. If you want to be a winner, you have to lead. You don't lead by following. Get a vision and back it. Hire good people and believe them when they tell you something.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Its a paycheck..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Gresham, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Gresham, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ON Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with in engineering
    No dress-code
    Generally casual atmosphere in engineering
    They appear to be growing strong and have not had a layoff or furlough in a couple of years

    Cons

    Poor labor practices in manufacturing operations (long temp-to-hire process)
    Poor review, promotion, and raise structure
    ~50 hours per week mandatory (poor work-life balance)
    Overly compartmentalized
    Slightly below industry average for wages and benefits (and getting worse: health insurance gets worse every year, raises are very small)

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason all the other companies in the area are picking off your experienced engineers: you can get paid better, and get better benefits anywhere else.
    The 10 month delay between review and raise/promotion is a mockery of the review process.
    Try respecting your employees a little more. You make them work hard enough, why not reward them when the company is doing record business? If this is how good it gets when the company is doing great, I would hate to see it when the company is taking a downturn.



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