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Inclusion, development and giving back are key at TI

This “best place to work” features “a creative and friendly work environment and a variety of assignments, as well as extensive development and training opportunities,” says a VP


Texas Instruments (TI) designs and manufactures semiconductor products and technology, including analog integrated circuits, embedded processors, digital light processing devices, and educational technology.

“We provide innovative semiconductor technologies to help our customers create the world’s most advanced electronics,” says Samantha Dwinell, vice president of talent management. “Our analog and embedded processing technologies permeate daily life in many ways, offering solutions for digital communications and entertainment, medical services, automotive systems, industrial services and computing.”

With operations in thirty-five countries, TI recruits top talent globally, according to Dwinell. “We primarily recruit for engineering roles, with a focus on electrical and computer engineering. We also hire within our business support entities, targeting candidates with expertise in information technology, communications, accounting, finance and other fields,” she says.

TI also hires computer science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science engineering majors. “In addition, we look for candidates with relevant experience at other semiconductor companies, or system experience with end equipment and technologies that our customers produce.”

Job hopefuls can visit the global careers site at careers.ti.com to search for current openings.

Strong partnerships with universities and professional organizations
TI has a strong presence at universities around the world, Dwinell notes. In addition to attending career fairs, information sessions and technical talks, the company also holds on-campus interviews and hosts innovation days to showcase TI technology.

TI regularly participates in national and regional diversity job fairs and military events to recruit top talent, and engages directly with organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

“Many of our employees are actively involved with these organizations and attend regional and national job fairs to meet with potential hires and share their experiences with the company,” Dwinell explains. “TI employees also receive rewards for suggesting successful job candidates. This has been a very effective program.”

Multifaceted D&I; efforts
A broad range of activities and resources builds diversity awareness and creates an inclusive environment at TI, notes Dwinell. Employees can access a number of e-courses and articles on diversity and inclusion via the company’s intranet and learning portal. Through corporate memberships, employees can also take advantage of third-party resources like Catalyst webinars, Corporate Executive Board webinars and Conference Board forums.

“TI hosts and participates in events that include fireside chats with diverse members of our board and networking events for new employees,” says Dwinell. “Training opportunities are offered frequently and in the past have included topics like ‘conquering conversational collisions between men and women,’ ‘China bytes,’ which provides basic information about Chinese culture, history and patterns of communication, and ‘giving and receiving feedback across differences.’”

TI’s diversity network is a forum for employees to share ideas, discuss challenges and develop educational programs. The network provides career development, community involvement, recognition, and mentoring support.

“The TI diversity network has more than thirty diversity initiatives designed for women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, employees with disabilities, U.S. military veterans and their families, and many others from various ethnic and religious backgrounds,” she adds. Senior TI leaders sponsor each initiative.

Fostering career advancement and development
TI has several programs in place to help women and minorities advance in their careers, get access to mentors and sponsors and gain increased visibility with senior leaders. The company also works with industry-recognized external organizations to provide leadership development opportunities.

“TI partners with the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute, SHPE’s Executive Leadership Institute, the International Women’s Forum Fellows Program, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and many more,” Dwinell says. “TI businesses sponsor initiatives targeted to support the advancements of our employees, such as women’s summits, mentoring programs and networking events.

“As a testament to its success, TI is continually recognized as a ‘most admired company’ by Fortune magazine and as a ‘best place to work’ by other top publications, because we offer a creative and friendly work environment and a variety of assignments, as well as extensive professional development and training opportunities,” she adds.

Championing for youth
Working with organizations outside the company, TI invests in advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Over the past five years, TI has invested $150 million in education efforts, including grants and other gifts to K-12 schools, universities and other educational programs.

TI supports global robotics competitions through in-kind product donations, student scholarship opportunities and volunteer mentoring. TI employees also engage individually in community outreach, including work with the Girl Scouts to help participants earn their STEM badges and Design Connect Create, a nonprofit that provides training and STEM-related workshops for educators and high school girls.

“We are passionate about educating the innovators of tomorrow who will shape the future of technology,” Dwinell attests. “We partner with school districts and educators to prepare students to be job-ready in science and technology. We also offer educators a range of tools and resources to engage students in creative ways, leading to a deep understanding of critical STEM subjects.”

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Headquarters: Dallas, TX
Employees: 31,000
Revenues: $12.2 billion (FY 2013)
Business: Designer and manufacturer of semiconductor products

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