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ON Semiconductor

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Joseph Palabrica

My job as a supervisor is very diverse as I have to balance my role between being a technical expert and a strong people leader. I have always been giving opportunities to my team members to shine and support them in any way I could.

What's your job about?

I have been working for almost 21 years at ON Semiconductor in Carmona, Cavite. I started as a Maintenance Technician in 2000 and shortly after 2 years, I was promoted to the Manufacturing Supervisor role through a promotion program by the company called Internal Opportunity System. This program focuses on internal talents who are qualified to take on new challenges.

During those times, the Company was expanding and I was tasked to handle one crew of Final Test - EG (East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA) Test Area which was a newly acquired business of ON Semiconductor.

I am responsible for meeting target Output, Yield, Quality, Safety and On-time-delivery (OTD) on a daily, weekly & monthly basis through work balance on a shift-to-shift performance, and supervise a number of Production Operators. As a Supervisor, handling people is a big challenge, starting from 20 headcounts, now I am handling almost of 100 Production Operators, monitoring their individual performance based on the company’s goals.

What's your background?

I was born in San Juan del Monte, Bulacan, then later on moved to Marikina to continue my studies. I graduated at Kapt. Moy Elementary School, Sta. Elena Marikina in 1989 and took up Secondary Education at Marikina High School (Sports Center Annex to MHS Main Campus of Concepcion Marikina) from 1989 to 1993, finishing with 7th Honorable Mention recognition.

I attended college at Technological Institute of the Philippines, Quezon City from 1993 to 1998 taking up Bachelor of Science of Mechanical Engineering. I was the President of Junior Philippines of Mechanical Engineering (JPSME) during my senior year.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Definitely, as long as you are determined and willing to learn new things. As mentioned in a popular movie “With great power comes great responsibility”. It is not the position title that matters the most when you become a Supervisor – it is how you develop your people and bring out the best in them.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

During my college years, I realized that I’m a competitive and people person. Being the President of the College of Mechanical Engineering, I was in-charge of ensuring that camaraderie and active involvement are instilled among the rest of the Mechanical Engineering students. These characteristics have helped me a lot when I joined ON Semiconductor, and equipped me for the success that I continue to achieve in the company. 

I joined prestigious competitions inside & outside ON Semiconductor which enhanced my confidence and boost my morale. Joining competitions such as TPM Competition, Safety & Quality Week Competition, Annual Quality & Productivity Competition (AQ&PC) both Internal & External Inter-Company (SEIPI) Competition, etc. significantly enhanced my skills and helped me achieve the next level of competency needed in preparing me for future growth. The opportunity to represent not just my department but the entire company was indeed a great and superb experience.

My job as a supervisor is very diverse as I have to balance my role between being a technical expert and a strong people leader. I have always been giving opportunities to my team members to shine and support them in any way I could. In fact, I have been actively nominating team members in one of the rewards and recognition programs of the company called OSPInoy of the Year (OSPI stands for ON Semiconductor Philippines, Inc.). I have nominated almost 75 Employees in various categories such as Innovation/Productivity Improvements, Model of Core Values, Quality, Safety Leadership, External/Internal, Cost Reduction and Exceptional Execution, and almost 40 of them won the title.

What are the limitations of your job?

As a Supervisor, I need to be flexible and manage my time effectively. My job does not end when I leave the office as I still need to be on top of things, most especially, if critical issues persist.

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

When I was a student, I devoted my time studying and helping out my parents vend on the streets. At that time, I kept asking and challenging myself if I would be able to finish college. Finally, I took the courage to go to TIP with only a few pesos in my pocket & used my Honorable Mention award to avail a scholarship, and the rest was history.

Dream big & aim high. Nothing is impossible if we are determined to work hard to achieve our goals. And for every obstacle we will face, let’s look at it as a tool that will bring us to the next level. Never stop moving forward, we cannot miss the destiny given to us.

3 pieces of advice in summary…

  • Dream big, aim high
  • Experience is the best key to succeed in life
  • Do not be discouraged if you fail, as it is a part of life. Instead, use it as an opportunity to improve and become stronger so you can continue to achieve your dreams