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LSI Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2014
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3.4 410 reviews

27% Approve of the CEO

LSI President and CEO of Avago Technologies Hock E. Tan

Hock E. Tan

(11 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Was great until it got bought out by Avago Technologies.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsGood 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 Senior ManagementConvince your boss, the new CEO, to invest some money and confidence into the employees.

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

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    Sinking ship after aquisition

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDust off your resumes and find new jobs.

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

     

    Not productive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNot 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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    Paycheck at best

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Allentown, PA

    ProsYou get some exposure to interesting work

    ConsThat 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 Senior ManagementMove 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    CMTS (Current Employee)

    ProsLSI has a company-wide ping pong tournament every Spring

    ConsPeriodic 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 Senior ManagementStop sending out holiday greetings right after a layoff.

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

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    Abhi tallies the layoffs again...

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior Managementplease have a real conversation with your employees at the next quarterly update.

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

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    Constant layoffs and restructurings. No job security.

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Allentown, PA

    ProsThe salary and benefits are good.

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

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

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    A Black Hole for Your Career

    Engineer (Former Employee) Fort Collins, CO

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

    ConsGlass 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 Senior ManagementOutsourcing 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Allentown, PA

    ProsExperience of employees is an asset.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReforming 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    a good place for some people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milpitas, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something to keep the talents in the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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