Exar

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Exar Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
21 Reviews
2.6
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Working to become relevant in Analog

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with

    Cons

    Layoffs from time to time as company works to improve market share

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard work, unfortunately not always appreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sfaff Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sfaff Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Exar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depends on who your manager is - Your work life can range from good to miserable

    Cons

    For several years, ended up working almost every other weekend

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Exar is nice, but not a place to grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Exar

    Pros

    Exar has a nice soccer field and tennis court on site. Located conveniently at the center of the east bay.

    Cons

    Marketing is not doing well in defining the product directions and specifications on existing products. With the lack of organization, marketing people seem out of place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exar has been transformed ever since the new CEO is in place, whether or not if this is lead to a positive change, the current CEO has done a tremendous achievement in terms of the stock price.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A jumbled company

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Director Sales in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Exar

    Pros

    Great people, many industry veterans with a wealth of knowledge and experience

    Cons

    Management was chasing high-end data com and storage customers but not resourced to support them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management as of Q1 is refocusing company on power ICs...good idea

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Exar

    Pros

    Financially secure company with a long history ( 40 years). A lot of employees have been with the company 10+ or 20+ years. A good work environment, friendly people, expectations are reasonable and coworkers are helpful. Compensation and benefits are both reasonable-- not outstanding, but fair. By Silicon Valley standards, a stable company where you know what you're going to get.

    Cons

    Exar struck me as overly resistant to change, which isn't a big surprise given how long it has been around. I also felt that Exar lacked an identity in a way that no other place I've worked has. What makes Exar Exar? I guess the fact that it's been around for 40 years-- every other place I've worked has something more tangible: advantages in customer service, engineering or pricing, etc. But for Exar I could never put my finger on it-- except to say that it's been around 40 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what Exar does well and stick with it.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    just so so

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

    I have been working at Exar full-time

    Pros

    relaxed, not very busy, balanced, elastic work time,

    Cons

    no new product, short IT resource, need better internal management flow

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

    Great people, adequate benefits,campus was exceptional for small company; management challenged.

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

    I worked at Exar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People were strongest attraction to company. Many, like me, were there for over 10 years. Under staffed marketing departments yielded great opportunities for hands on experiences, yet highlighted the continuing over investment in engineering resources.

    Cons

    While achieving 40 years as a company in the valley is rare, it also highlights Exar's stagnation. Very successful core businesses like interface and communications perpetuated a rudderless ship. Over investment in non-growing businesses or acquisitions and under investment in core competencies kept Exar artificially small as compared to peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management (2012) is focused solely on preparing for acquisition. Massive layoffs help stock and profitability, but longer term the Company does not have a strong product or technology road
    map. Current management is only focused on short-term and their enrichment,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Little support for acquisition products and projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exar

    Pros

    Company has a reasonable benefits package, but not the best in the industry
    Ability to work on cutting-edge technology
    My colleagues are the best in their fields

    Cons

    Never really had the support of senior management for our product
    Saw several product lines closed down due to lack of senior management support
    Company match of 401K lacking
    NO raises in 2 years

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Company with no future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Exar

    Pros

    Just by hiring people with big title, lazy, big salary and doing nothing just call for a meetings.
    buying companies with no product that can make profit or enhance the company sales.

    Cons

    1- Moving production to (offshore).
    2- No new product.
    3- Spent there cash by buying junk companies.
    4- Sales party in Las Vegas & Sales = 0

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go after good product and protect your hard working Engineers.
    Do not wast your cash for for buying companies that loosing money and it will add more expense that EXAR can not handle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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