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Allegro MicroSystems Philippines

  • #5 in R&D and manufacturing
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Analiza D. Aquino

And I enjoy working in an environment experiencing rapid growth. Having a boss that appreciates the work we do and always thanks us for the hard work.

What's your job about?

At Allegro Microsystems, we’re passionate about developing intelligent solutions that move the world toward a safer and more sustainable future, while giving our customers a competitive edge. With more than 30 years of experience developing advanced semiconductor technology and application-specific algorithms, Allegro is a global leader in power and sensing solutions for motion control and energy-efficient systems. Innovation with purpose is in everything we do. Through our innovations, we are helping our customers make breakthrough advancements in areas like advanced mobility, green energy, and factory automation.

Enterprise Data Management (EDM) is the management of key data required to support business and manufacturing activities. Our responsibility is to create and maintain a corporate data management structure that supports the entire Allegro community, correction and standardization of existing data sources, creation of new data sources where required, provide guidance and training relating to the new data management processes, ensure smooth manufacturing transition from concept through end of life, and implement changes in a timely, accurate and consistent manner.

What's your background?

I grew up in Taguig City and lived there my whole life. I started my career in Allegro MicroSystems as Production Operator after graduating from Pateros Technological College with a Degree in Computer Science. With 9-year experience as Production Operator, I asked myself, who I am going to be? How I plan to live my life every day, so I decided to step up my career. I tried to apply for a higher position, as Statistical Process Control Engineering Assistant (now called Quality Technician). I have no knowledge of Microsoft Excel, so I watched tutorials in Youtube that helps me to create and complete automated reports using VBA. It improves workflows and processes, helps streamline and automate repeatable tasks, minimizing room for errors and increasing overall efficiency. I worked until my weaknesses become my strengths and got promoted to Senior Quality Technician.

I’m willing to dig deep so I took a risk by accepting another position in a whole new Department. When I first begin my new job role as an Enterprise Data Management Specialist, I am a Computer Science graduate who doesn’t fit in with the Planning Team and has no knowledge in Planning. This however does not justify my lack of knowledge and there are benefits to being fresh. Everything is new to me, so I am that much more excited to learn everything. So in a way, the lessons I took away from this is to do your research and be able to adapt.

Today, I am learning to strike a healthy work-life balance to make sure I take time for myself and my family. My hobbies include badminton. I always like to challenge myself to improve at everything I do. I strongly believe that if I perform well at work and always strive to do my best, I will also be happy in my personal life.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Definitely. As long as you’re a self-motivator by the desire to do a good job at whatever position you’re in, want to excel and to be successful in your job both for your own personal satisfaction and for your employer. Make more of an impact than just doing your job and what skills that you develop will serve everything else that in the future. Also, there are likely other candidates who also have the ability to do the job, yet you must bring an additional quality that makes you the best person for the job, and that’s your passion for excellence.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

My job is fast-paced and structured to expand. And I enjoy working in an environment experiencing rapid growth. Having a boss that appreciates the work we do and always thanks us for the hard work. Sharing of ideas and thoughts to make something work effectively.

We have conference meeting rooms named after places like Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, Manila, and Cebu. And even you’re at the office, you don’t need to sacrifice wearing high heels.

Having the challenge to be part of the Perfect Attendance with zero unauthorized leaves and zero tardiness. And it’s a great satisfaction if you’re qualified.

And of course, I love our annual sports tournaments like badminton, volleyball, basketball, and bowling.

What are the limitations of your job?

Enterprise Data Management (EDM) team was originally based in the US and new to Allegro Philippines. A lot of things are something new to learn. You will need to explore and ask around for more information. And I think everyone has blind spots that’s why working as a team is very important to point out and cover each other’s blind spots and expect challenging tasks.

With everything is new, I like to make sure that my work is perfect, so I tend to perhaps spend a little too much time checking it. However, I've come to a good balance by setting up a system to ensure everything is done correctly the first time.

I used to think that there was one best solution to a problem, but I've learned that that kind of thinking limits the possibility of great success.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  1. Confidence is the key. If you know what you’re doing and how to do it, being confident will open doors for you. And having the right attitude will make you appear to be the leader.
  2. Education is not a race and a diploma is a piece of paper. You might think you have it all figured out, you don’t. This is only the beginning of something amazing and learning is the journey that matters. What you learn is up to you.
  3. It’s perfectly okay to make a mistake but it’s how you respond to it, that’s important! Just learned from it, have persistence and not give up too soon because the solution is probably right in front of you. You have to make bad art before you can make good art. Everyone fails big before they make it big. And remember, you are good enough.