Maxim Integrated

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Maxim Integrated Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
364 Reviews
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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)

  • Some of the full-time engineers (depending on the group) had very poor work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maxim Integrated full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some good people that care about each other and work well together.
    Money was good, not sure if it will last the latest business downturn.
    Good vacation time
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Present CEO and General Manager consider employees just numbers. They use basic business practices to determine head count and adjust every 6 months. This method doesn't include planning for the future.
    Too many decisions made with poor judgement, based more on personal choice than the correct way.
    Business practices are questionable, a bunch of engineers trying to be business managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ex-employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Pros

    Nothing good or worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Get rid of those unproductive managers that have been with the company for over 20 years or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management stand up for yourselves.

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

    High stress, low pay, zero appreciation

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    Current Employee - FAB TECHNICIAN in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - FAB TECHNICIAN in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has good medical benefits and most of the workforce is hard working, Work is routine but you get exposure to new processes

    Cons

    If you like micro management and no appreciation for your work, this is the place for you. Management has zero interest in their workforce other than to extract as much work from them while providing zero positive support. There's little advancement and no training other than which button to push. Has really deteriorated the last couple of years and it wasn't great before that time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some part in developing your workforce to encourage people. Learn to give positive enforcement. Disciplinary actions, eye rolls and implied threats are not encouragement. If you can align reality with stated values you will have made much progress

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    There is very little to recommend this company. I guess the only pros I can think of are the sheer number and diversity of Maxim's end markets. This has a stabilizing effect on the company's earnings.

    Cons

    Since the founder, Jack Gifford was forced to leave, Maxim has been on a steady decline. While I was there, I saw sagging morale, incompetent and disingenuous management and a revolving door labor force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like real people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    lost in the sea

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - diversity of projects
    - diversity of processes, great fundamental tuning opportunities

    Cons

    - no place to do cool stuff
    - no inclusiveness. too much neglect of remote offices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 9 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
  8. 4 people 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    a sweatshop with nice looking image outside

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated full-time (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
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Bad Company to start career at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Maxim Integrated full-time (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

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