Cavium Networks Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
37 Reviews

3.7
37 Reviews
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Cavium Networks Chairman, CEO and President Syed B. Ali
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  1.  

    Good company to work for

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Great engineering company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    It been good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  7.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    Good products, decent engineering, below-average benefits

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    • 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 for 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
  9.  

    Good semiconductor company

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    • 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
  10.  

    Excellent

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

    I have been working at Cavium Networks as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent company and I would recommend it to my friends.

    Cons

    None as it is already great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not good environment to work in.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

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

    Pros

    Ok technology. Must have better Management

    Cons

    Not much salary improvements, 401k

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation and work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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