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United Microelectronics Reviews

Updated March 18, 2019
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Shan-Chieh Chien and Jason Wang
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  • "Intergrade promotion difficult and depending on top management whim" (in 4 reviews)

  • "longer working hours, with no OT claim, and not really healthy working culture" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment. People were friendly and helpful to me.

    Cons

    There weren't any interns from overseas except for me.


  2. "Sr. Account Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    well system and procedure

    Cons

    flexibility is low and suggestion hardly accepted

    Advice to Management

    more open up for options on job handling

  3. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers
    Good health insurance program

    Cons

    Technology is less competitive compared to peers.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Shaky place"

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

    I worked at United Microelectronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Oriental culture, nice and humble working level people

    Cons

    Deficiency organization - people not doing what they suppose to do of their titles. Work load can be drastically different without a fair KPI system.
    Lack of direction and leadership - sub par management team, cannot make up their minds what to do. Decision leave unattended even at the head of house hold level.
    Inconsistency - management pops different ideas all the time and constantly changing, but not necessary toward to the right direction. A 30-year old company feels like 3 month old.
    High turn over rate - management believes the people left were simply not suitable to this place

    Advice to Management

    Hire capable people to steer the ship, or get lost.


  5. "Interning at UMC Sunnyvale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very pleasant staff, comfortable work culture, and communicative managers. I worked as an intern for 3 months and had a wonderful experience. While many of the tasks were tedious, the deadlines were reasonable and the managers are very accommodating to interns.

    Cons

    As an intern, I was not given many tasks to accomplish- most of it was busy work, such as reorganizing spreadsheets and reformatting current presentations to look cleaner. The data input was tedious.

    Advice to Management

    Just remember to make the interns feel important and valued; while i enjoyed my time there and learned quite a bit, I didn't feel as though I was making a real impact on the company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "company review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    not much really. not much

    Cons

    no rule to follow. employee come and go so often. No attachment. Like small company; no former way of doing things.


  7. "Good place to learn, many opportunities in this mid-sized company"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. gain knowledge of the latest technology, industrial ecosystem
    2. potential to grow within the UMC group --- there are many subsidiaries

    Cons

    1. overall compensation may not be as good as competitors
    2. foundry business is a mature industry

    Advice to Management

    Once the compensation matches, the talent comes.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "UMC is an 2nd tier company to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    UMC provides foundry working experience for new graduate to explore process technology, design support, and customer support.

    Cons

    UMC is 2nd tier foundry and the top management team is 2nd class executives who don't have good strategy. Their strategy is to match TSMC process technology. Their existence is to provide another competition for fabless company such that they have alternative to negotiate price with TSMC.
    Their business will be very subject to the business cycle of semiconductor industry.

    Advice to Management

    They needs new thinker that can think out of box to inject good strategy.
    The customer driven strategy means no strategy at all and is doomed to fail.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great job security but bureaucracy makes career growth difficult."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UMC is a traditional company with a lot of job security. They try very hard to not have to lay off any employees (it's seen as a place where you can work until retirement). Also, given the size of its business (large for a Taiwanese company), it affords a lot of different experiences to its employees. It is seen as prestigious (in Taiwan) and since it has fabs in many different countries, you will have travel experiences as well. Good vacation package and benefits package. Also, there is good work life balance. Finally, there is a good mix of younger and older employees.

    Cons

    There is a lot of internal politics and bureaucracy. This sometimes makes it quite hard to get the information needed to complete a project or to implement anything cross functional. Also, like many other big companies, promotions can sometimes be more about who know rather than what you know. There is a heavy emphasis on seniority within the company and there are cases where it seems that if you've been around long enough, you will be given management opportunities over someone who is more capable. This creates dissatisfaction among the most valuable junior employees and contributes to higher turnover and attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline business more and focus on cost reduction and profitability. Also, do away with some of the bureaucracy to improve retention of most talented employees.


  10. "I am a senior litho process engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Tampines, East (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Tampines, East (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Microelectronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people is good at UMC and the salary is high.

    Cons

    Night shift should be a challange for seme people.

    Advice to Management

    No advice.