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United Microelectronics Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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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. "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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. 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.


  7. "QA staff engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff QA Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Staff QA Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. high payment .
    2. Never lay off.

    Cons

    1. poor training.
    2. under pressure

    Advice to Management

    1. focus on key matters and urgent issue

  8. "Section Manager"

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    Current Employee - Section Manager in Tainan (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Section Manager in Tainan (Taiwan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Microelectronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good to learn related knowledge

    Cons

    Poor to get more money


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at United Microelectronics full-time

    Pros

    Good company to learn to be hardworking

    Cons

    Too much stress on duty


  10. Helpful (3)

    "If you like to be army and bow to a boss who never wrong, UMC FA3 is the place."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Kampong Pasir Ris (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Kampong Pasir Ris (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Microelectronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good paid, no OT paid restriction if you OT. Instant promotion when you qualify. Numerous good knowledge management available online.

    Cons

    1. Section manager are typical Singaporean kids- obedient to Department Manager.
    2. One colleague make a mistake, Department Manager will set new rule to follow.
    3. Department Manager always right, he is the law regardless any official contract you have signed with UMC.
    4. Lack of official training, they just give you some one and only sample to execute even you do not have any experience to handle it, if failed, Mis-Operation will be issued.
    5.Forced staff to execute not reasonable timeline project by asking you possible timeline, if you propose 3 month, they say too long. Keep ask you discount till their desired timeline. Afterward, they took your words say you have committed to the short timeline.
    6.Tons of not reasonable rules to obey, if someone accidentally break it, more new rule will be set.
    7. Multiple miscellaneous side activities, paper work, checklist to be take care. If missed, money penalty will be execute.
    8. Old equipment that always down, but they will ask you QBQ( Question Behind the Question) what can I do to complete my task even equipment down. But seems the management never QBQ themself.
    9. Force employee to disclose their personal issue, then make an announcement at laboratory.
    10. Difficult to take leave, numerous rule even with flow chart.

    Advice to Management

    1. Employee work for money, they are not necessary bow to you. We are not your army, neither you are not the king.
    2. Employee work who deserve respect and privacy, please give them some personal space but not force them to disclose their personal issue, then you all make an announcement at laboratory. This action similar with ask us naked infront of you.
    3. Employee are not prisnoner, we stand a right to refuse your not reasonable rules.
    4. Listen to the employee need, care bout their feeling, don't just helding one on one session for fun.
    5. Employee all deserve right to took annual leave, they are not necessary to beg on you for the leave.
    6. Work load may varies from heavily loaded to relax zone, please give employee some relax zone to rest. You keep squeeze project during relax zone, ended up the project run to heavy loaded zone, employee feel exhausted.
    7. There is no person who 100% right, please do not me so ego. Bismillah.


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