Cavium Networks

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Cavium Networks Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
43 Reviews
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Cavium Networks Chairman, CEO and President Syed B. Ali
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  1.  

    Jury's out on Cavium but am hopeful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Technology. Growth. Complex chips. Can-do attitude. Hard working teams. RSU's are valuable. Growth potential is huge. Lot of original workers pre-IPO still here (may be con as old methodologies should be reviewed and some are obsolete). Difficult interview process overall which is good. Not many hiring mistakes. A lot of excitement about next generation of chips. Cutting edge tech. Lot of smart people. Cavium provides free snacks, soda and coffee all day as well as a company wide lunch on Wednesdays. Is hiring lots of college folks with fresh ideas. Overall exciting times. Hiring a lot. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Typical growing pains of company going through big growth cycles. Benefits. 2 weeks' vacation. Work life balance is tough with grueling schedules and 3 weeks vacation after four years. Seriously? Small 401k match and high fees on funds - don't roll over your prior 401k. Horrific PEO with Trinet that manages benefits and payroll. No diversity - no females in leadership positions. Perception of people of Indian descent getting treated better (more vacation, get hired easier). Very lean engineering company. No part-time hours or work from home option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training on the soft skills - interviewing, performance reviews, etc. Consider benefits improvement for dental, retirement, add company match to HDHP and especially vacation. Formalize profit sharing / bonus program. Who gets what and why and how? Discretionary bonuses are given but must be on the "in." Some people should not be in management positions. Leave Trinet ASAP. Value the non-engineering roles as well (give them stock and bonuses).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place to work but not as a Long timer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cavium Networks

    Pros

    Excellent work, Good Pay, and rewards for Work

    Cons

    No Process not even a bunch and No Onsites. No Normalisations for all people everybody has wavering salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all engineers as one in everything

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company has good outlook and has been growing

    Cons

    Can't see any cons now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great engineering company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in Marlboro, MA
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in Marlboro, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    All engineering work, very focused environment. Great leadership.

    Cons

    Only two weeks of paid time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better time-off policies, at least to industry standard. Personal growth classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Jury's out on this one

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Products. Meaningful work. Wicked smart people. Everyone can make a difference here. Very lean. Good number of RSU's are given to new hires and annually. People who started pre-IPO are still there. Some cultural diversity but not enough.

    Cons

    2 weeks vacation. Seriously? Benefits not good. Insane schedules. Work life balance not there. Still acts like a start-up company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits. Why aren't there any females in senior leadership positions? People who started pre-IPO are still there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It been good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting stuff to work on.

    Cons

    limited benefits. 401k , vacation etc are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Cavium is a great place to work. Workplace culture is casual and the engineering team has lots of talent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not a lot of management overhead and redtapism.
    Entrusted with a lot of responsibility, as a result lot of scope to learn and grow.

    Cons

    1. Marketing and engineering teams not always on the same page.
    2. No real perks.
    3. While compensation is comparable, health benefits and 401(K) contributions are not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Got to improve the incentives and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for. Strong and effective management and engineering innovation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in New Marlboro, MA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in New Marlboro, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent engineers to work with, competent management and in general a very good place to grow professionally.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing right now. Continue valuing employees. They are the only assets to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good products, decent engineering, below-average benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has managed to get products out the door that reasonably meet the market needs and win designs. Starting from the early security processors all the way through the current multicore processor, the technology has been world-leading.
    I've been here 9 years, and the work hasn't grown stale - there's always some new angle, wrinkle to it, new technology to learn.
    The executives demonstrated unusual leadership by taking a major pay cut when we had serious financial trouble. Even now, the salaries are reasonable (though the total compensation package is starting to look out of line).

    Cons

    The process of getting products defined is very chaotic - it causes a lot of confusion with our early customers, our field, and our engineering team as features come and go.
    The benefits are fairly poor, by valley standards. Pay levels are OK, but the vacation policy (starts at 2w, rises to 3w - and that's it) is poor. There's a broad array of medical options, but the company kick-in covers only the very bottom. There's a very minimal 401k company contribution.
    Middle management has been promoted from within, often without any formal training, so you have engineers becoming average-to-worse managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits, and especially vacation policies. Make your employees feel valued, not like they are replaceable cogs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good semiconductor company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cavium Networks

    Pros

    Good environment, lot of opportunities for learning.

    Cons

    More focus required on software to support the hardware solutions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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