Imagination Technologies

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Updated Jul 12, 2014

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3.4 47 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Imagination Technologies CEO and Director Hossein Yassaie

Hossein Yassaie

(30 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Soothing work culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHealthy work environment and friendly colleagues.

    ConsFacilities should includes some more perks like cab facility, team outings etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros* Good projects.
    * Nice people.

    Cons* Not competitive salary
    * No bonus

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company to work with, but slow paced.

    Leading Design Engineer (Current Employee) Pune (India)

    ProsWork life balance, good compensation, employee friendly policies.

    ConsLaid back culture, not aggressive as the market demands it to be.
    Not much into design and patents, except for the graphics team.
    Similar work profile over years, not so good work with the Indian counterparts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore innovative work for deserving employees to retain the talent pool.
    Try making the team more discussion and learning driven, rather than just getting work done!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Average

    Hardware Design Engineer (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly, and not hectic work hours

    ConsSalary is really crap compared to what other similar companies pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to start paying more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for graduate engineers to learn, bad place for experienced engineers to make a living.

    Hardware Design Engineer (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsIt's a great place for graduate engineers to learn a great deal in short time. Freshly graduated engineers can start writing RTL from day 1, while our Cambridge brethren won't let you come anywhere near RTL without a PhD and many years of experience.
    Also, the company takes great pride in caring about the well-being of their employees: a good subsidised canteen, a ride-to-work scheme that allows you to lease a bicycle to go to work real cheap, stress management seminars, ...

    ConsThe reason why they can allow fresh graduates to work on the hard things is that the experienced and talented people leave as soon as they realise that they're paid Highland wages while living in an area with London housing prices, and that salary and title progression are just a blurry promise at best and that the shares they give you as bonus (after completing three years) are worth nothing and plummet from year to year.
    The reason why they offer a subsidised canteen and leased bicycles is because they're probably aware that their engineers can't afford a used car, or a decent flat or to feed their child on what they earn.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers, you must be proud of your achievements! Just look at your Porsches, Mercedes and BMWs on the car park! Just don't forget that qualified labour has a price or you're going to lose them all. By the way, now that you're on a building frenzy, maybe you could build subsidised company dorms. With your engineers living on campus, it will be more easy for them to work even more unpaid overtime.

    Have fun, I'm leaving soon. I finally found someone who values my skills and will double my salary. Double!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good job bad pay

    Leading Design Engineer (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsVery good and challenging job
    Good culture

    ConsBad pay
    Poor management of engineering resources

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter pay to engineers (atleast be competitive).
    Better internal processes

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, great technology, and good people, but sadly, management does not value its employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pune (India)

    ProsGreat work culture, talented colleagues, cutting-edge technologies, and plenty to learn

    ConsBenefits are on lower side, employees don't feel valued, company doesn't pass on returns to employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe benefits are the only deal-breaker. Seriously consider your compensation and benefits package (especially for India) to avoid losing talent. It doesn't always have to be cash, can be in kind such as gifts, outings, parties etc.

    Spend more on keeping existing employees happy rather than going out on an acquisition spree every time you get some money in the bank.

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    Below Industry standard Salaries

    Hardware Design Engineer (Current Employee) Hyderābād (India)

    ProsFriendly people, nice place to work

    ConsBelow Industry standard salaries, Hikes are too low, and shares given to employees are very low.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company full of interesting work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly environment with people really passionate about their work. Plenty of variety day-to-day and you never feel without a challenge. Great transport links, easily commutable from London.

    ConsSalary increases are sometimes unclear and perhaps a little less than competitive with similar jobs. Career progression can also be somewhat of an unknown.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing a great job, keep it up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Laid back; hard problems to solve, yet bad pay; management prioritise non-engineering problems in an engineering company

    Software Design Engineer (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsAlmost all jobs here revolve around designing hardware or writing software for that hardware. That's a fun and challenging thing to do if you're into it.

    There's a decent canteen, a decent 'campus' including fancy new all-glass buildings, easy transport links. Most of the people there are ok. Bad people don't get weeded out, so if you can't be bothered working you only have to work harder than the bottom rungs of the ladder and you're safe. It's the corporate form of tenure, I guess. (From my point of view: this as a pro. From a corporate point of view it's probably bad for the bottom line)

    Also: They give you free doughnuts/pastries on a Wednesday.

    ConsSuffering growing pains as they become a large international company. e.g.

    *They insist on buying loads of random companies all over the world rather than paying their current staff more.

    * HR + admin continually create pointless and dangerously ambiguous rules and then issue them as some kind of iron-cast declaration. Most of them do nothing but makes managers happy but they all outright ignore the common engineering worker, which is a massive detriment to the company. They're essentially trying to PR spin their own employees into thinking they have it better than they have. We moved into a new building about a year ago and we went from an "anything goes" environment to not having more than X number of PCs present on our desks (In an environment where people regularly have about 3), no more than 2 monitors, NO WHITEBOARDS, no coat hooks, only 1 set of power sockets, no real segmentation of space and privacy as everything is made of glass (in a profession that is probably 90% introvert). Absolutely no thought was given to what the actual software and hardware engineer's environment that we'll encounter on a daily basis. It's completely stifling to work in. This is a huge negative in terms of the everyday working practice, but the people in the admin office think it makes the place look nice (they got some fancy sinks for their fancy new bathrooms!) so it's best we go along with it.

    * The wages are generally bad. The CEO and Board are happy to say they don't care about the share price, and yet stock is an essential part of the financial compensation, meaning the overall 'pay' is often terrible and in some years the employees have a massive flux from the last as the stock dives from £8 to £1.50.

    * The company has an absolute lack of regard for an employee's progression and skill development in the company. They hardly bother changing anyone's title, even if they've been there years and out-grown their old one. In their small start-up days this would have been fine, but we're a company of 1000+ now, it'd be nice to have some recognition for our work.

    * As mentioned, they don't weed out bad and useless people, meaning you have to deal with some complete idiots who are nothing but a waste of time and energy. We've had school-level interns join us, knowing nothing about what we do, and still manage to outperform some of our employees. (coupled with the lack of job titles means you don't know if the person you're talking to in another team is of any use or not)

    * Some of the software process is a joke, such as the way bugs are dealt with, and there's a complete lack of respect from management for creating proper tools, even though they're the lifeblood of every employee. The software teams just cobble them together themselves, get shouted at for "wasting time" on this tool, yet receive no praise when the entire company gets years worth of man hours as a result. (e.g. objanal is a saviour, and yet not a single team owns it. Even the hw-sim and hw-design teams use it). There's no enforced teaching material for new people, which just completely wastes experienced engineer's time as we retell people the same thing every time. Any attempt to create a division wide teaching syllabus has been shot down. (protip: Every engineer in the software department works on the exact same thing). We also have entire teams dedicated to completely overengineering our drivers (services!) and due to fearmongering from the higher-ups we can't even open source our drivers, meaning the linux community hates us.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the bad employees. Give their pay to everyone else (i.e. better pay for everyone else). Give more respect to the engineering environment and realise that admin staff who can't even type emails in decent English shouldn't be setting the engineering environment that the company depends upon.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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