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Skyworks Solutions Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Skyworks Solutions CEO Liam K. Griffin
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Pros
  • not only work but also emphasis on work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Positive work environment for technical professionals in the semiconductor industry (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • It's up to the individual to ensure they maintain proper work-life balance because their is plenty of work (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours, communication issues, tight schedule, (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great team spirit"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Newbury Park, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Newbury Park, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great attitude of cooperation and teamwork. People across operations are always ready to work together to achieve the desired results. Individual contributions are appreciated and make a strong impact to the company.

    Cons

    There is always more than enough work - prioritization is critical to being successful


  2. "Company focused on innovation, growth and profitability."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focused on shareholder value 100% of the time.

    Cons

    Fast paced markets where the pace is demanding and new and larger challenges arise each year.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a better organizational structure that allows for more advancement options.

  3. "Better than Expected"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skyworks Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Skyworks gives annual stock awards to all employees from the senior manager level and up (and sometimes to those below). Because the stock price has increased significantly over the past few years, my annual comp has been much higher than I had anticipated when joining. And because the company is growing, I have taken on greater responsibility than I might otherwise have gotten.

    Cons

    Could be because of the fast-paced environment, but manager feedback seems lacking in quantity and quality. Also, compared with other tech companies, Skyworks' maternity leave and vacation policies are lean and outdated.


  4. "Strategically Excellent, Working Level Inefficient"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management direction and company strategy.
    Accessibility and openness of management.
    Target markets and product roadmaps.
    Management value on getting things done.

    Cons

    Archaic systems, tools and reporting. People spend too much time pulling data together and talking about it and too little time driving for results.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in tools and systems to make data more transparent and readily available to working level associates as well as front line leaders so that effective action can be taken quickly.


  5. "Skyworks evaluation for Glass Door"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To be a part of an exciting cutting edge industry and work with top notch people.

    Cons

    The demand of this market drives Skyworks to be very face paced with high expectations. This pressure can wear on people and affect their personal well being.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to acknowledge good work. Set up a system for workers to acknowledge each other. Ask people about their co-workers and how they have contributed or helped them to get the job done, then use the Star system to reward their accomplishments and hard work.
    Keep looking for ways to give people opportunities to interact and get to know their co-workers. "Fun Friday" is a great example of this. People spend a few minutes sharing a snack and just enjoying each other's company which is great for morale and building friendships.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "An awful work experience"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Newbury Park, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Newbury Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Skyworks Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability- you will always have a job because there is too much work to do.

    They care enough about their image to pay for someone to counter all the negative reviews.

    Very routine day to day work

    Enough room under desk to sleep

    Seen as valuable "resource"

    If you can buddy up with management, you will get a promotion

    Cons

    Toxic work culture. Too much work and not enough employees. Lots of burn out. 12-16 hour work days are expected. They hold classes on stress and time management, but no one has time to attend.

    Promotions based on favoritism and not performance or qualifications.

    Very little time off. Most time off is spent working remotely.

    Work life balance non-existent. Work related phone calls as early as 7AM and as late as 1AM.

    Wages are very low, far below industry standard. Regardless of what the PR rep on glassdoor says, the pay is very very low.

    Work is not challenging. When asking for more challenging work they give you more work instead of new tasks.

    It is hard to keep good talent. Structurally designed to keep wages low. Management cannot give promotions even if they want to.

    Pay for performance is a joke. Once you are in Skyworks you are subjected to only cost of living raises. The only way to make more money is to leave.

    Departments within Skyworks often create more work for each other that doesn't serve a purpose because they do not understand basic technical RF engineering. Quality department is a mess. They lack the technical expertise to add value to the company., but instead become a burden to the other departments who have to deal with them.
    Promotions based on favoritism and not performance.

    Skyworks lacks good leadership. Extends into senior management. Constantly understaffed for projects.

    Most managers micromanage. This really removes all motivation there is to work.

    Advice to Management

    I would be shocked if they read this.

    Hire more people to help understaffed departments. Be more proactive in anticipating needs instead of reactive.

    Invest in your employees and work to employee good talent!! Pay fair wages!!

    Instead of paying someone to lie on glassdoor to save your reputation, actually earn a good reputation.

    Work on making promotions fair.

    Focus on your employees and the stock will go up.

    Skyworks Solutions Response

    Jun 26, 2017 – Project Manager, Communications

    Thank you for sharing your opinions. While everyone’s personal experience is different, Skyworks offers employees a challenging and exciting work environment and an excellent place to build a... More


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Keep looking"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Newbury Park, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Newbury Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job stabilty
    Well performing company when customer does well

    Cons

    Pay for performance claim is a farce since the annual salary review, even for top performers, can't compete with the market trend.

    New hire base salary starting above current employee mid point only to be competitive with the market value without having demonstrated performance.

    Very compartmentalized designer structure - PA designer, LNA designer, laminate designer. No role overlap. Limited chance to learn new things after knowing your role.

    No job function difference between those with no experience and 20 years experience

    PA designers favored over all others

    Recognition for hard work is very rare, mostly just mistakes

    Corporate goals are too agressive, so no bonuses are given

    Advice to Management

    Pointless. No one will act upon it.

  8. "Process Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Lead Process Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Process Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skyworks Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very poorly managed company in Woburn. Have been in business more than 10 years, yet they make more mistakes than any 10 startup companies. Safety is nonexistent, they want to be safe but don't have the time or money for it. They makeup yield numbers to keep others happy but in reality, if a customer needs 10 wafers, they start 16 and hope they get 10 usable wafers from the bunch.

    Cons

    Poor pay, long hours, lots of buck-passing, little to no paid time off. To say the company is unsafe would be wrong, they don't care about safety. I think they spend more money paying off OSHA then they send on PPE.

    Advice to Management

    Go to another semiconductor company for a few weeks of training to see how professional managers get the job done without threats or bulling.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Far from a First Class Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Newbury Park, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Newbury Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only the pay compensation is standard as far as I can see.

    Cons

    Little PTO, mediocre benefits, facilities are sub-par

    Advice to Management

    Increase PTO faster, some people want a life outside of work

    Skyworks Solutions Response

    Apr 12, 2017 – Sr. Communications Representative

    Thank you for your comments regarding Skyworks’ compensation and benefits. Skyworks strives to attract and retain the best talent by offering competitive salaries and yearly increases based on... More


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Good company, poor department"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Technician V in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Equipment Technician V in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Pay is good, the benefits are okay. The Industry is stable, there is always a demand for cell phones.

    Cons

    No appreciation, no matter how much you give it's not enough. Incompetent middle management, very poor communication from middle management, which contrasts with good communication from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to keep a closer eye on middle management. Too many games/tricks played to make the numbers look good.


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