LSI Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
422 Reviews

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LSI President and CEO of Avago Technologies Hock E. Tan
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18 Ratings

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Pros
  • Work life balance is really very good and good compensation (in 64 reviews)

  • Work environment is pretty good, not much pressure either (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is talked about, but never really something that existed (in 16 reviews)

  • The company stock price is not attractive (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Was great until it got bought out by Avago Technologies.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at LSI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good legacy LSI people (other than the ones in management, new upper management is terrible)

    Cons

    - New CEO is a power freak and tries to monitor and control every little thing in the company, himself. Even managers seem to be scared of taking initiatives.
    - The new corporate management is hostile and threatening t.
    - Live and work with the fear of being laid-off any day.
    - No free snacks or coffee anymore, a very rare phenomenon for a tech company.
    - The company (new CEO mostly) now considers itself a Singapore company, not an USA company. Tries to force Singaporean work culture on American employees.
    - Company mindset has now changed to save money to show investors that they are making profits. This translates directly into NO R&D funding. So no real technological growth anymore.
    - In reality company is now very stagnant without any innovations, profitable (on papers) only due to the new aggressive cost-cutting measures.
    - No bonus or perks anymore. Be happy that they pay for health insurance (partially).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convince your boss, the new CEO, to invest some money and confidence into the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sinking ship after aquisition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Used to be technology and work life balance. Neither exists or will exist.

    Cons

    New CEO is a bean counter, who runs the company by micromanaging and intimidation. The entire work force is demoralized and upset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dust off your resumes and find new jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not productive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LSI

    Pros

    Mid sized company, good for starting a career. Lots of smart and talented engineers, can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Not a good sense of the direction of the company, they missed out on a lot of good opportunities and key markets.

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  5.  

    Paycheck at best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA

    I worked at LSI full-time

    Pros

    You get some exposure to interesting work

    Cons

    That exposure is severely limited and short lived.
    Cronyism is way out of control compared to any other company I worked at. Careers are for those currently connected to managers. Management takes all credit for engineers hard work and creativity while blaming engineers for management failures. Everyone seems focused on personal survival while ignoring real progress.
    Compensation is poor for those not connected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the work out of Allentown and to better LSI locations such as San Jose, Colorado, Austin. You will remove the bad management and better centralize the work. Honestly never saw it so bad elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    lay-offs, lay-offs, lay-offs ....

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    Current Employee - CMTS
    Current Employee - CMTS

    I have been working at LSI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    LSI has a company-wide ping pong tournament every Spring

    Cons

    Periodic mass layoff of U.S. or Europe-based engineers, many of them very senior, on a yearly or bi-annual basis. This has been ongoing since LSI purchased Agere Systems in 2006. The layoffs are by group or project, not by individual performance. So even if you're a rock star, you can get laid off if you are working on the wrong project. The mid-level managers cannot stop the layoffs even though the layoffs are counterproductive and impacting productivity, they have been reduced to yes men (and women). The world-wide development teams compete for the best projects to avoid layoffs. So there's a lot of politics. The senior management is cold and doesn't interact with the engineers, except through corporate-wide PR centered around photo contests and ping pong tournament. U.S. based entry-level engineers should avoid this company. Some of the work can be interesting, but the spark of innovation is mostly in the willful creativity of senior management to "engineer" a mass transfer of engineering resources to India and China, which has a lower labor cost than the U.S, at the same time trying to keep the remaining U.S. based engineers from leaving en-masse (aka a brain drain). I don't know how much longer they can keep this up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending out holiday greetings right after a layoff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abhi tallies the layoffs again...

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at LSI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the engineers are talented. The benefits are good. The work can be challanging.

    Cons

    The bottom line for LSI is the stock price. In there's a revenue shortfall LSI will lay off anywhere from 10-25% of the U.S. based engineers every December or January to make up for it, to meet their profit target. The company has a zero budget process, and do stock buybacks instead of increasing the R&D budget. To invest in new areas they lay off in others. There's constant layoffs and it's not always performance-based. The engineers are scared. Productivity has gone down. The top executives have insulated themselves from the sad reality of their actions and the affect it has had on the LSI community. Does this sound like an enjoyable workplace to you?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please have a real conversation with your employees at the next quarterly update.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant layoffs and restructurings. No job security.

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at LSI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Top management is primarily interested in the bottom line quarter-to-quarter.
    Yearly or bi-annual layoffs. Entire products and groups. Constant re-structurings.
    Very few opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying off the engineers. Instead, put them on new projects that can grow the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A Black Hole for Your Career

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at LSI

    Pros

    Coworkers are good people
    Work life balance is good
    I don't have to work there anymore.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling for promotions in the US/CO.
    Continuous Layoffs and outsourcing of US technical staff for over 12 years.
    Company has never fully recovered from dot com bust.
    Company lacks traction in the marketplace in all but a few areas.
    Constant layoffs encourage employees to protect information and expertise.
    Resources are always scarce because costs are always being cut and budgets always shrink.
    Technical groups reorg about every 18 to 24 months as the company tries to figure out how to make money. This is incredibly disruptive for individual technical contributors.
    Generally feels like working at a dying company which makes it difficult to self start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing is a reality of the marketplace, but you have to take care of the technical staff in the States, too, if you ever hope to succeed. If you can't get traction here and you can't get a solid direction for the company, you should try to prepare it for sale to a larger corporation that can provide a more solid footing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Old boys network from ground up holds the corporate productivity down.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at LSI

    Pros

    Experience of employees is an asset.

    Cons

    Old boys network and prejudice holds the productivity down. Middle management focus on short term self preservation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reforming the middle management and dismantling the old boys network at all levels and the prejudice that comes with it will unlock the potential of the talented employee base and can make LSI succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    a good place for some people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at LSI

    Pros

    if you are just hanging around and have no ambition, LSI is the place for people like you.

    Cons

    if you want to do a better job than average people, do not expect you will be rewarded more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to keep the talents in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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