MaxLinear
3.1 of 5 35 reviews
www.maxlinear.com Carlsbad, CA 150 to 499 Employees

MaxLinear Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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3.1 35 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

MaxLinear CEO Dr. Kishore Seendripu

Dr. Kishore Seendripu

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work but not for everyone!

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    Prosfast growing, rewarding, everyone is aware and appreciate your hard work. if you are doing a good job everyone will see it from your direct manager all the way up to CEO. I personally admire the CEO. He stops by and start a conversation with almost everyone very often. He is very rough on Sales and Marketing but nicer to engineers. guess what, he used to be an engineer not long time ago. I was given several opportunities within the company. It is not something you see in other companies at least in my experience.
    I made a lot of life-time friends there.

    ConsIf you are looking for a place to have easy 8- hours job and raise your shoulder when there is a problem, this is not for you. Everyone works harder than what they supposed to.
    There are some underachieved managers in charge unfortunately. If i was CEO i would fire a few.
    The salary rate is lower compare to other companies within the same industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a weekly open discussion meeting, have senior engineers work on a topic and share it with everyone.
    That's why they get the big bucks.

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

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    Top level talent, most intelligent people I've known in the industry

    Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
    Carlsbad, CA

    ProsExcellent option for career growth and exposure to multiple areas within the IC design field. Definitely will not be stuck designing or iterating on the same type of topologies / components of the system block diagram. Great location.

    ConsDefinitely not a 9-5 job if that's what you are looking for. Pace can be intense but the level of growth after a few years is worth it.

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

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    Great company to start at and grow in your career

    Senior Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Carlsbad, CA

    ProsMaxLinear is a great place to work. The company is big enough to have really smart engineers to learn from but small enough that I have had a lot of exposure to the r&d process and not just a small part of it. We move fast here but coworkers are driven and the higher ups are involved and available. I’ve gained a lot more experience than my friends who went to bigger companies.

    ConsTime frames can be pretty tight so more time would be better so we can develop the best products possible.

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

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    Staff Engineer (Former Employee)
    Carlsbad, CA

    ProsPerfect Startup. Ample opportunity to learn. No beating around bush and negligible politics in work place. Customer driven and to the point. Engineering driven.

    Management encourages risk taking. Making mistakes in the process is OK. If you are serious about work (which you have to if you work there) you have only one way to go.

    Great People in the company. However, it is a unique company in terms of culture.

    Beer party almost every month during work hour. If your cubicle is close to the CEO's office, and stick around until 7PM on a Friday, you might get to drink fine wine every other week. Just bring your glass.

    ConsIt's a great startup environment, but Maxlinear is really not a startup. It's a 70M+ company. It's great in what it does - i.e. Analog RF, but the company surely needs to improve its strength in software in order to increase its revenue and become a mid-size company. However, there is a tradeoff and I am not sure if the top management is sure about the direction of the company. Do what you do best and take risk in that field? Or spend resource in tech domain that is more lucrative, however without ample experience? Top management seems to be more comfortable in the first option. It's really not a bad thing. But, then the company has public offering.

    In this company lot of people are not comfortable with the culture. Work life balance would score in negative. Thats a cliche if you are a Maxlinear employee. But I hear these days management is really serious about it and encouraging people to leave at 6:30.

    Lot of people also complain that the culture in the company is too loud. Working in this company very soon one would realize that thats also the strength of this company. Nothing is sugarcoated. People here don't really like colleagues who sugarcoat things. As a result, the company is so direct that it's often uncomfortable when manager does 'informal' 1x1 in your cube with other people around. I have seen and heard this many time in this company. That must change.

    Although more words spent on Cons than on Pros, in my mind, in this company the pro vs con is 75% vs. 25%. Just because of the reason you will enjoy your work. If you somehow don't, nobody will be likely to stop you from taking a job profile in the company which you like within roundabout skillset... most of the time something will be available, or made available.. Also I hope the company continues to encourage its employees taking risks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing the great work. Keep bringing Belgian beers in the patio parties..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong engineering community, strong leadership, great opportunity to grow professionally

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Carlsbad, CA

    ProsMxL is not afraid to take big risks -- in technical decisions and in people. I've gotten the opportunity to do things here I was not able to get elsewhere. Smart decision-making, technical mentorship, and humility are valued as much as technical virtuousity. Barriers between teams -- analog IC, digital IC, systems -- are low. Opportunities to learn are plentiful for those who seek them out. As a new grad, you will quickly get the opportunity to work on circuits that will end up in successful products.

    ConsThis is not the easiest gig in town. Like being part of any team with high performance and high standards, you'll be surrounded with people who want to succeed and make great products. It is not always easy. However, as the company has grown, there is much more modulation -- downtime after tapeouts, "normal time" between projects, opportunities for technology development. Even during the difficult times, I've gotten support from my managers and peers to take care of personal needs and family issues when they come up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on building and training stronger middle management to support the designers in the trenches. This will help new grads develop and cope with the fast pace and aggressive goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ProsExponential learning curve to start a career. Great exposure to best engineers.

    ConsLong work hours. Sometimes need to work even on week ends.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing a great job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company with Lots of Potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis company has changed significantly in this past year. Moving from a start-up culture (which had some negatives in terms of work-life balance) to adding new organzational infrastructure, which is allowing it to scale and grow. Organizational focus is mainly on recruitment of talented people and teamwork, to keep up with the business growth. Still a very aggressive engineering environment with a drive to be the best - very competitive. Great environment for talented engineers, who want to be challenged and aren't afraid to make decisions they'll stand behind. Great opportunity for leaders as well as individual contributors.

    ConsStill some internal challenges with organizational changes, but definitely moving in the right direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, and encourage feedback. Keep moving in the direction you've been going.

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

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    Opportunity to learn and grow

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis is a place where some very good engineers work together as a tight knit team. Technical calibre is definitely higher than other companies I 've been at. Base salaries are competitive now and you get a healthy stock package, which means there is chance for upside. Work-life balance has signficantly improved since going public about three ago.

    ConsDon't come here if you are used to "big company style" where you can get away by hiding in large groups or other individuals who do the real work.
    Smaller cubicles, as some have said, but getting better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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