Magma Design Reviews

Updated April 9, 2014
Updated April 9, 2014
43 Reviews
3.1
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Magma Design Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan
Rajeev Madhavan
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    Great People and Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Magma Design full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quick customer response and great sensitivity to client's needs

    Cons

    Short on resources and constantly fighting internal constraints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the sales force

    Recommends
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    Startup with great potential ruined by inept management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Magma Design full-time

    Pros

    Great products in the early days. High morale.

    Cons

    Mediocre management and lawsuit missteps costly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    smart people to work with

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    Former Employee - Software Architect  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Magma Design full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    surrounded by smart people, solving classic hard CS problems, most of them NP-complete, so smart heuristics are invented to solve them. a lot of non-trivial ( i.e. not just a button somewhere ) inventions are made by the company.

    Cons

    very small market that are squeezed by both sides: foundry and semiconductor companies, hence very little growth in terms of business, and translated to little personal growth, even worse is that many Ph.Ds stayed there for long long years, so you need to wait them out to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be brave, try to take the pie from the semiconductor companies, even though they are your customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    energetic but not very organize

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    relative small, people are close and work as a team
    issue, information, communication can easier be heard and considered by the managerment

    Cons

    sales people are compliant to the customers, would accept all the requests
    issues sometime not be prioritized very well, work like fire fighters to the critical issue or to the major accounts

    Recommends
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    fast grow for young people

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    have chance to work on different accounts, talk to different people everyday

    Cons

    it's fluctuating with the whole market, a lot of re-orgs.

    Recommends
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    Employer Review

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    Flexibility in location of work, fellow employees help each other most of the time, management keeps employees informed of activities in the company

    Cons

    Nothing as such wrong with the company but it faces tough competition and has challenges in keeping its accounting books showing profits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain the good employees, enough layoffs done over past 3 years, if something needs restructure then that is the management levels

    Recommends
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  8.  

    The company is not bad

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Magma Design

    Pros

    Magma is young and innovative company

    Cons

    The EDA industry Magma belongs to does not have to much future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time on team building

    Recommends
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    Experience at Magma DA

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Magma Design full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good technology, team with very sound technical knowledge, fast moving.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, long hours, work was haphazard and not pre-planned.

    Recommends
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    Fast-paced, challenging and rewarding environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    Fast-paced and challenging environment, dynamic people with a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Very little bureacracy (although this has its downside too - see "cons") allowing for quick decision making.

    Cons

    Very little formal management process in place - it works on a small scale, but would be difficult to scale. No formal career development program.

    Recommends
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    Exciting, crazy, challenging, interesting, frustrating

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    Never do the same thing two days in a row. I've been give a lot of opportunities to try different things.

    Cons

    A bit of a roller coaster. One day we're doing great, the next day customers hate us.

    Approves of CEO

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