This gleaming modern city by the ocean is represented by a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish – the Merlion. The body symbolizes Singapore’s beginnings as a simple fishing village, while the head represents the city’s original name, Singapura, which means ‘lion city’ in Malay.
One of Singapore’s most famous landmarks is Merlion Park where the famous Merlion statue, 8.6 meters tall and weighing 70 tons, looks out over the bay.
The city-state is located just 1.5° north of the equator and consists of a diamond-shaped main island as well as more than 60 small islets – a total land area of just 445 square miles or 716 kilometers. Yet in that small area, Singapura still roars! Approximately 5.4 million people live in Singapore.
It has long been recognized globally as a center of business and technology, Silicon Labs expanded its operations to Singapore in 2004, and it is now our international headquarters with more than 150 employees. Our employees there perform a range of functions including, design engineering, product testing, manufacturing support and process planning, and corporate support.
A Fast-Paced Environment, Great People
Our staff tells us what it’s like to work for Silicon Labs International. Kenneth Kong, Supplier Manager since 2008 says, “I find the work challenging and dynamic. Every day when I come into the office, there will be different problems to solve – both technical and non-technical. The challenge of meaningful work offers constant opportunities to develop world-class skills and an opportunity to raise myself to the next level.” Suby John Pellissery, a Design Engineering Manager loves the work she does, “Integrated Circuit (IC) design is my passion. Every day I get to work on new design areas, interact with experts and learn new things. And it’s a nice experience to see your hard work back in the form of this tiny IC!”
Sheila Marie Galang Letun, Staff Packaging Engineer, tells us, “There is never a dull moment in my job. I love it because it gives me both the chance to apply and share my experience and at the same time, learn new things every day. There is always a general sense of openness where you can speak to your colleagues or to the management team about your thoughts regardless of your level or position. You’ll get a sincere and honest response. This shows me that respect and trust in each other is always here at Silicon Labs. Sheila goes on to say, “since the company is small, the people mostly know each other so task on hand can be accomplished fast, you get answers quickly, move things easily. In my opinion, Silicon Labs is very efficient and cultivates responsibility in each employee because they are empowered and trained to do their job right.”
In addition to a stimulating work environment, our staff tells us that when they aren’t at work, Singapore offers countless things to do and see. Here are a few highlights:
For more information on Singapore, go to the official tourist & travel guide, YourSingapore – and next time you visit, say hello to our coworkers!
And don’t forget to read the previous post in this series here.