Maxim Integrated Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
333 Reviews

3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I can learn a lot of technical stuff from the company (in 10 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance possible, Plate is filled with work always (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is old school and very out of touch with the operator levels (in 16 reviews)

  • Sometimes it was tough to maintain work life balance but was manageable (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Maxim was great in the 90's

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maxim Integrated

    Pros

    Engineering is very solid and the company has the potential to be great again.

    Cons

    The current CEO and CFO don't think twice about terminating people that are still strong contributors. All they care about is market perception. There was a time when this was not the case. The problem with their approach is that they have destroyed moral. No person feels safe at Maxim so people operate under constant fear and are terrified of making a mistake. This makes for a very unhealthy work environment. It is very sad as the original CEO would never have let this happen. Outsourcing and purchasing external innovation is the new model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the current CEO and stop throwing away American jobs. Be bold and take risk's without outsourcing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look for another job if your BU's revenue is going down since layoffs are coming

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

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very nice, new campus. Good IT support. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Some technical staff in the labs are hostile. Every month either a manager or director changes. Constant restructuring. Brutal, very unstable company in terms of laying masses off unlike in old days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of laying off junior and mid-level technical staff, try to utilize them in other BUs since they are cheaper and easier to train.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a merit based culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maxim Integrated full-time

    Pros

    A lot of people working 80+ hours per week

    Cons

    A lot of people working 80+ hours per week for low pay. I suppose this is not unusual for semiconductor firms in the Bay Area, as people choosing this industry are choosing it because they could not make it in the more innovative sectors (software, internet, social media, etc.) I was told the firm was founded by an incredible micro-manager (Jack Gifford) who would bully, and otherwise verbally abuse his subordinates, and unfortunately this culture still exists today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that they study today's Fortune 500 and leading growth companies so that they can bring their business culture out of the 1970's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    a sweatshop with nice looking image outside

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    Current Employee - Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great innovative products, its in the cutting edge of technology. Highly respected designers and industry leaders. Strong successfull company.

    Employees are always wanting to suceed and only do right things for Maxim. Image outside the company has changed a lot with the rebranding. I think the marketing folks nailed it and customers are seeing a new Maxim

    Getting help from a colleague is not a problem because everyone is willing to help if they find the time for you.

    Cons

    I hope they really do their best for their employees as well. All the icing outside only covers the still rotten systems working inside Maxim. Life work balance is non existence, HR shows they are making things better but you will never see their presence inside different departments - probably an employee will see them during new employee orientation, or staff meetings of the SVPs or perhaps they want to take a survey. They dont even walk around and say hello or check how employees are doing.

    Blaming employees is still the trend, its never managements fault, because they are deemed gods not team players. When things go wrong it has to be someone 3 levels down the SVP level who is at fault. Often times you are expected to work very long hours to clean up mess by other groups who are "sacred cows" in the organization, you are not allowed to make any errors or overlook small details unless you are in the inner circle of the SVP. Its all about creating an image to protect your ass.

    Business process are still broken, its all reactive to daily problems. Teamwork only works when everhthing is working well. But if something goes wrong expect to protect and defend yourself and hold on as the weak and those not in the inner circle are thrown under the bus. Thats the definition of teamwork for you.

    Senior Management is often feared not respected, that is how things are getting done. Many employees execute in the fear that they will get beaten with a big stick. Not because they respect their leaders and will stand behind them whatever happens. Again, if things go wrong its every man for himself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, I have not seen any change before and not in the future. Maybe they need to read more books about running an effective organization. Perhaps "the connected company" by David Gray or "The Lombardi Rules: 26 Lessons from Vince Lombardi" and maybe they learn something about motivating people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    eda not good

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    Former Employee - Physical Designer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Physical Designer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Maxim Integrated full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    * eda is a common hub for all kinds of diverse products in the company . different challenges to learn , different people to meet and new techniques to learn in the tools.
    * good benefits

    Cons

    * dall eda has lot of politics in it
    * some managers are very poor technically. they lack the knowledge of what it takes to manage a technical team. Because they themselves are poor technical contributors.
    * some managers have lot ego issues, power struggles with other managers and host of attitude and personality issues.
    * this group has lot of very smart people due to disagreement with the invincible management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * dissolve dall eda management.
    * form a new management structure from scratch with new people
    * move some essential services to business units . BU management in maxim is some of the best in the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Bad Company to start career at

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Maxim Integrated full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nothing....if you are a new grad, don't start career here because management is ruthless and incompetent. The worst decision I made in my life to work here when much more stable companies were knocking at my door. It was like marrying a bad wife...just don't do it ever....learn from my mistake. Senior engineers are really just more paid off pawns who are scared to be let go themselves and rely on the steady paycheck.

    Cons

    Everything....management is out of touch..had no idea how hard its engineering staff works on new chipsets and the challenges and time needed to develop the next generation of chip sets...would rather get a Christmas bonus than seek long term growth....company is corrupt and not about engineering anymore. They are always looking for new blood to use and people who are unaware and/or desperate. The company is incompetent and you'd be better off using your engineering mind somewhere where there is long term investment in your skills and development. This company could be realize its full potential if incompotence was not promoted everywhere. The company is being sabotaged from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None....power has corrupted them beyond repair....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Bad-Bad-Bad Management

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated full-time

    Pros

    Good location
    New campus
    Cafeteria with multiple choices of foods
    Smart and hardworking people

    Cons

    Rotten management: they let go all the good hardworking managers and hired bad ones instead, those who have connections in the upper echelone.
    Deceitful to employees in favor of nepotism.
    The company rating/bonus system is a joke: everything depends not on the person actual performance (even documented), but on how close you are to the managers' butt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire CEO: this will waterfall most useless middle management. Then you can hire good ones again, may be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low morale, low raise, little opportunity promotion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Maxim Integrated full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company R&D personnel are better paid and valued.

    Cons

    Paid below industry average, low staff counts, work overtime quite often, and not being recognized and promoted. Same as most of the other other reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and treat your employees well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dead End

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start if you're entry level and looking to get your feet wet in the industry. Mostly competent people to work with though the best are on overload

    Cons

    Generally little chance for advancement based on ability. A classic ,who you know and not a what you know company. That's probably true of many companies but it's an art form at Maxim. Mostly lip service when it comes to placing value on it's personnel. Overall morale reflects it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the people outside your usual circle.

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

    An absolutely awful company if you are just a Fabrication Technician.

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    Former Employee - Fabrication Technician  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Fabrication Technician in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Maxim Integrated full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Schedule allowed for 3-4 consecutive days off.
    Great flexibility for securing a part-time job on the side.
    Mildly interesting manufacturing process.

    Cons

    Horribly intrusive micromanagement by employees who were not assigned such responsibilities yet are able to get other employees in trouble who don't follow their instructions.
    Hardly any worthwhile compensation towards the employees who actually push the product.
    Absolutely no growth opportunities for even an entry level engineering position if you don't have a master's or doctorate's degree in some kind of engineering-related degree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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