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STMicroelectronics Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  1. "ST is having major difficulty - check out the recent press out of Europe"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great customers for their ASIC business unit. Better than average compute resource and EDA licence access. Europe/US/India work very well together on same project.

    Cons

    Terrible review process, strictly curve based. Losing money and laying off whole locations. Very averse to telecommuting.

    Advice to Management

    Finish off the STE fiasco.


  2. "Slow and steady company"

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work is not hectic. Benefits like 401k matching 4% (increases with more years of experience in the company) and retirement benefits are good.

    Cons

    Very slow company, takes long time to take decisions. If you are working at high cost center like in US, the sword is always hanging on top of you. No layoff in France(HQ), so other sites get the axe. Crappy management. Salary is not at par with the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Advice will not work, they are bound by management in France.

  3. "Staff Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good engineering teams, working conditions and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management too slow to make key decisions and invest for the future. Career progression not encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    This company could have potential - focus should be on innovation. Be prepared to take risks.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to learn but run away once you learned the skill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    competitive pay, global company, high tech environment transferable experience

    Cons

    Eurocentric company if you do not work in the eurozone, you are a disposable good, no matter how good you are or how long you have been with the company

    Advice to Management

    The company is in disarray and the CEO is lost in space and has no clue how to right the ship fire him


  5. "Good company to start carrier only"

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    Current Employee - Prod Eng
    Current Employee - Prod Eng
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Possibility to learn for at least 2 years. Depending on group you can find excellent people. Possibility to travel even extensively

    Cons

    No meritocracy , none possibility to grow. Carrier opportunity just political defined.
    Low salary
    Top management absolutely inadequate.
    Abnormous size for marketing group

    Advice to Management

    Radical change, from top to medium management need. Offer real opportunity for each employee basing on meritocracy. Tasks ,owner must be better defined


  6. "out of touch with customers"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at STMicroelectronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    fantastic technology with system approach

    Cons

    european head count killing the company


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good jobs but backwards ideas for making money in some regions, management culture mismatch."

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    Former Employee - Marketer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Marketer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at STMicroelectronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good balance for work-life, decent pay and good benefits. High tech, frequently leading edge technology. Good place to work.

    Cons

    I worked in sales and marketing and had inadequate local technical support. Fewer and fewer support engineers are available and customers are sometimes left in the cold. The higher management (director+) sometimes closes positions or lets go of employees who are contributing to sales of 10-20 $M each year, and push the responsibilities to the remaining ones including those who are not technical.

    Unfortunately, they lose a lot of the best engineers and application people in the process, and they do not hire more to fill the deficit. The Americas Region is what they use to cut costs. They look mostly at numbers generated by sales people and do not seem to understand or care about the value added by the technical employees who support the sales and marketing persons in the local region. The company says a lot about mass-market as a vast untapped revenue steam but won't maintain the local engineering resources to support it.

    Those technical people, for example show up at a customer meeting and give the customer what the customer wants, having created the specific solution - they demonstrate it right there, and so make the sales persons' jobs easier. Part of the problem may be that ST uses the same marketing forms that are used as weekly or monthly reports by sales people, to judge the work of technical staff. This does not work as a means to measure competence or contribution from the application engineers because the visibility given by those reports and forms is a mismatch to the work done by those employees. The work of application engineers on whom my sales efforts depended had little or no visibility because of the forms used for reporting.

    There is a great deal of short-sightedness, and more interest in the expenses of this quarter than what profit will come from projects underway, those taking 1-2 years each. When a technical employee is let go to save a few dollars, whatever projects were underway are then poorly executed due to knowledge vacuum. It causes a loss of sales. Basically they will eliminate an engineer's salary and claim to have cut costs, then lose ten to thirty times as much in sales in a year. That business failure is never mentioned except to blame it on the sales person, but the cost savings are trumpeted as management's accomplishment.

    The company is a serious rumor mill, there are many political lackeys otherwise lacking in skills, and many of the managers are more interested in appearances, power, and empire-building than profitability. There are highly paid people who should have been let go years ago, who are quite incompetent deadwood but well-entrenched with the EU management buddies. I was there for 10 years, and have a good insight into all of this.

    The comments in other posts, about European culture, are true. The European employees come to the USA, are ushered into high positions, and some, maybe two thirds of them, proceed to manage their responsibilities as if it were Sicily.
    This does not work well in the US customer culture, but they do not see it or just ignore it. At some meetings, the loudest mouth wins, not the the most beneficial idea.
    I have been at a few customer meetings where the ST high-management official, from Italy, told the customer what they wanted (told the customer what the customer was going to do), not the usual case of the customer telling a prospective vendor what the customer wants. How can that be a successful sales meeting? These same European managers are competent employees and could do well, but they don't seem to recognize how business is done in the USA and adapt to that. Instead, it's the Old Country all over again.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Coppell, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Coppell, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working relationship with co-worker. Opportunity to work in a multi site, multi continent environment. Good benefit in the US (401k, health care)

    Cons

    Upper management solely driven by the company stock price. No real incentive benefit to push pepole to work harder.

    Advice to Management

    CEO should resign.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Incompetent Executive Management"

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

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

    Pros

    + Will get exposure to excellent technologies
    + Flexibility in work
    + Great benifits

    Cons

    + Frustrating work environment due to lot of internal politics
    + Lot of customer projects end up in disaster despite excellent product offering due to execution failures
    + Too many sites world wide makes it really difficult to pull off a successful project

    Advice to Management

    + Customer focus
    + Streamline products
    + More cohesive project structure


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not Recommended for US employees"

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    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer Hardware in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer Hardware in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, They promote training classes

    Cons

    Unless you live in Europe, you will not have job security.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CEO that can make good decisions


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