Working at Texas Instruments, Munich office

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Hi, A friend just got a job interview from Texas instruments here in Munich..he wants to know where they are in Muc and if anyone has any good/bad experience with working for them.. Anyone know anything. Are they good payers etc etc...

thanks in advance.

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They're on the SE edge of Freising, not an especially nice area, but it's just an office so who cares.

 

Quick to get to by car; you'll need a bike to cycle there from the station in Freising, otherwise it's a slow bus ride.

 

Pay depends on what job you have; they take on a lot of interns and pay them the usual tea-maker wage. Not sure about pay rates for specialists.

 

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do not accept any form of contract unless it is a full one. they lied to me and then treated me like shit when the second contract expired after 4 years. sorry, i have no love for this compan which in europe is run by it's hr director and not the actual managers.

 

if you want to work there, impress hr the most, bitch called [name removed by admin] is as slippery as an eel and has all the euro directors under her thumb. they can't make a single decision without refering to her and she's an evil cow.

 

within the industry they are known to be near the bottom of the pay ladder. there is a climate of fear within the management structure which means that if you stick your neck out it is likely to get chopped.

 

if your friend has other options, then consider them above TI. it is a firm with high aspirations but is not willing to put the money behind it. i hear that xilinx are investing 30M in a complete revamp of their systems and architecture but TI, which is an immeasurably bigger company, was a bitch to get 3M out of. most people there are frustrated and whilst they have some great people who want to try the new and inventive, they tend to get beaten back into their hole (or dropped when their contract expires!)

 

believe nothing you are told, most of it is bullshit. what dept is your friend applying to? 5 years there and i know a lot of people, so could point him to those who they may get a fair idea of the company from.

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wow, thanks for the info, I shall pass it on. It sounds like a typical American company to me..Glad to be working for a european organisation myself but we just got a new HR guy who is power crazed and used to work for compaq... Having seen the salaries HR people get and (sadly) gone out with a few I have to report thatt they are extremely ambitious, suspicious and have elbows likle stiletos. As Douglas Adams wrote in the Hitch Hickers Guide to the galaxy, the people most keen on a particular job are by definition most ill suited to doing it... I think he was talking obout president of the galaxy but HR directors are the same.

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you're not wrong there outtolunch, spot on. this specimen is as pointy as they come and it's a damned shame because managers i know can't decide who they want to hire without her say so and she thinks she knows everything. madness, complete madness. if she wasn't there, i'd still have a job, but... rant rant rant, i could go on for hours but i'm trying not to as a new year's resolution!

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sounds like a hard - core bitch, let me know where she stays, i'll take her out.

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Every company will have at least one disgruntled worker somewhere in the world. Sounds like one of them posts here!

 

I work at TI and have done for many years. Like every company there are good points and bad. Some people can't cope with a more liberal style of management common with American companies. Personally I couldn't cope with the hierarchy of a typical German multinational.

 

So, good points and bad but to balance the previous input:

 

- TI Deutschland has been in the top list of "Deutschlands beste Arbeitgeber" for the last two years, number 30 this year (see: greatplacetowork.com / list). It sits amongst a lot og great European, American and German companies.

- The cafeterial is great!

- Some office politics balanced with some of the best colleagues you will ever find.

- Pretty good overall package; salary, holiday pay, christmas pay, Krankenkasse contribution, pension, company car for some roles.

- Self management rather than command and control.

- More training and development opportunities than you could point a big stick at.

 

Now TI certainly isn't perfect but I doubt any company in this world is.

 

Hope that helps.

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Admitedly there will always be a disgruntled employee who slags off an organisation such as TI, but it seems that needabyern only joined TT to provide a glowing report of TI..and the terms used make me wonder if he mighjt possibly work in the HR dept. Sorry it looks to me like propaganda and unless a few people report TI is gods gift to workmankind I will tend to see it as another evil american multinational...

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Wow, you seem to have made your mind up. You started off this thread not even knowing where the TI offices are; now you're convinced they are the world's most evil employer, based solely on the testimony of one person who you've never met.

 

Not sure what you mean by "they need a bayern"; I assumed the username was a spin on Niederbayern...

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The cafeterial is great!
Do you actually use that as a reason to join a company???

 

 

- Some office politics balanced with some of the best colleagues you will ever find.

So you mean you have groups of friends you constantly bitch about their other colleagues and the management?

 

 

- Pretty good overall package; salary, holiday pay, christmas pay, Krankenkasse contribution, pension, company car for some roles.
Does not really differ from anywhere else though. The Holiday and Christmas pay will eventually be scrapped, however

 

 

- Self management rather than command and control.

So you really do work for HR then?

 

 

- More training and development opportunities than you could point a big stick at.

As with every technology company. They all offer these schemes if you want to take them!

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Its called wit...recruitment...need a bayern...

anyway its boring wednesday.. having a good rant clears the passages. Big american corps are always a good target for a slagging off. And no i really didnt know where TI was when i started this thread..but honestly it does seem a bit suspicious to get a glowing report suddenly...As i said a few more reports would make the opinions statistically relevant.

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Don't believe all you read in these 'Best places to work' lists - they are slightly self-selecting. A former employer of mine was approached by such an organisation and declined to spend the requisite large chunk of time and expense responding to reams of questions.

 

Therefore there are great employers not listed. Another former employer did get onto such a list and was very proud of it, and went down the pan because it had no cash and we were unpaid for 3 months - not such a great employer after all...

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Why are you more inclined to believe the negative report than the positive? Seems to me they're both equally biased. Then again, sounds like you're a bit biased yourself. Personally I'd much rather work for an American multinational corporation than a grossly mismanaged bavarian company but that's my own bias.

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ok, i am indeed disgruntled. but i would have said a lot of what i did (and we used to bitch about these problems constantly) if i still worked there but perhaps with another login id ;)

 

i understand that these problems are not particular to TI but they certainly play an increasing part in your perception of and ability to work at the company.

 

there are great people there but sadly they're not in positions to make things happen. the majority of those in positions to make things happen are, for one reason or another, weak willed and self centred. the oft talked about open communication structure goes up but doesn't come down. i tell my boss what i'm thinking and he bitches about me behind my back. happened too often to ignore because you always heard about it eventually and it made you lose respect for those senior managers. there's a lot of hot air at TI.

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Had an interview there once for a customer-orientated job. Got a postive impression while I was there. Seemed like nice people - informal atmo. However the salary offered was lower to what I'd been getting at another US multi-national based on the outskirts of Munich.

 

Also, I didn't fancy the trek all the way out to Freising on the S-Bahn and then a bus ride to the office. Finishing at 6pm would've meant getting home at 7.30pm. That's pretty irrelevant though to the actual company.

 

Holidays offered were only 25 days. And that in this country is simply below the usual standard 30 days - imho. Oder?

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Not sure what the "standard" is, but I heard a lot of people say they had 30 days. My holiday was increased from 25 to 30 when I moved here from the UK, plus the extra 5 public holidays!

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