Maxim Integrated

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Maxim Integrated Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
364 Reviews
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Maxim Integrated President and CEO Tunc Doluca
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257 Ratings

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)

  • 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  

    HR needs to step up. NO CONCRETE EFFORT on Learning. NO Development Initiatives.

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

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Pros

    laid back culture
    work life balance

    Cons

    lacks energy and drive
    no personal development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    centralized effort to improve efforts on learning needs to improve big-time
    they need to assign someone this role rather than loosely handling it under HR
    PEOPLE ARE REALLY LOOKING AT SOME ACTION (IF SOMEONE IS HEARING ME!)

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    Cog in the machine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Pros

    They take decent care of their people - good PTO and benefits. Talk a lot about work/life balance

    Cons

    Terrible leadership. Zero HR function. Purely an engineering company run by a crew of engineers that have been at the company for 20+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some outsiders to help shake up the old guard. Such great potential is being hamstrung by nepotism and political protectionism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the same

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay is somewhat fair, depending on the group. The medical benefits are good. They are involved in the community.

    Cons

    This company used to be like a family. Layoffs are constant, which leaves you feeling uneasy and uncertain about the future. More layoffs happened today. (12/4/2014)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending US jobs over seas. It would be good business sense if the talent were 1-1 and not 4-1. Why would you hire more people for the same dollars? Shouldn't the quality of employee be such that one person could do the same work as one US citizen and cost 1/4 of the US citizen? Instead you're hiring four people to do the same work as one US employee. That's not good business sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Old school leadership, losing the good, young and motivated talent

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The "in the office" culture makes it a comfortable 9 to 5 job.

    Cons

    The company is struggling to make it a great place to work. Many of my peers, including myself, lack a sense of engagement and loyalty to Maxim. The work environment in San Jose is somewhat sterile. People are asked to keep their voices down, not take phone calls at their desks and conform to specific model. Creative, out-of-the-box thinkers struggle at Maxim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with what other companies, especially in the Bay Area, are offering employees or prospective employees in terms of a full package which goes well beyond monetary or benefits compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Work enviornment

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    Current Employee - Fab Technician II in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Fab Technician II in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    You will almost never be fired no matter how little you work

    Cons

    very little room for advancement, poor management, long hours, forced vacation time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    24/7 - A place for you

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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

    Pros

    The paycheck, 401K, medical benefits

    Cons

    Can't work from home, not good about taking your earned vacation off, micromanagement, not empowered to make decisions, inconsistent communication, way too much nepotism, undervalued, top heavy management, only 7 paid holidays per year, and we used to have only 4 until recently. Once they increased the holidays they cut back our vacation pay. It really was not an increase of anything. Most companies get 10-11 paid holidays Do not recommend working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask the employee what work style works for them, do not expect them to have the same work style as management. If they are getting the work done and meeting deadlines then let them continue with their style. Find better qualified managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too many bosses not enough resources.

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    Former Employee - Electronics Tech in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Electronics Tech in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Working with extremely brilliant talented people. Nice buildings

    Cons

    Worked long hours to completing projects with old outdated tools int name of cost effectiveness. Jobs could have been done faster and money could have saved by using up to date tools including tool cost. They have a lot of people that spend their whole day trying to get other people to do their work. Instead of spending less time just doing the work. No planing always in a panic mode. No job too hard if you can assign it to.some one else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Infected with a cover your rear syndrome. Can not seem to learn from others mistakes. The company is expanding at too fast a rate. Wastes money on infrasture it will be closing in a few years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Future is uncertain

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    Current Employee - Smts in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Smts in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good IP and experienced designers to draw from.

    Cons

    Stagnant career growth for many employees.

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

    Good Ingredients, bad recipe and cook vs. chef...

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

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

    Pros

    Great customer base, great legacy, Excellent benefits and pay. Great facilities, Blue Chip customer base. Great vacation policy, some smart people

    Cons

    The company claims to be innovative but they still manage the development like they did in 1989. Management (TD, MM in particular) seem to think they can innovate using a Finance spreadsheet and project plan. Hey guys, you cant! It takes a clever person or team with the intestinal fortitude to move forward when the difficult problems emerge! Followers quit when they get to the hard part. Innovators have the courage and vision to plow through the most difficult problems. Ten companies will easily develop the easy, predictable products and then they will beat each other up on margins. Successful innovators love the hard problems because they know the other nine competitors will give up before solving the problem. TD and MM need to step away from their spreadsheets and project plans and listen to their customers and their most courageous and passionate innovators! The company stock price and revenue has remained relatively flat since the recovery. Their legacy business is shrinking and they have laid off their most creative staff for not innovating fast enough!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tunc, Matt, Look in the mirror guys, after this many years with you two at the lead, there is not other group, customer or product line to blame! Place your bets on the bold, passionate and clever. You can't analyze your way into innovation. You will not maintain your gross margin targets without innovative products. Stop buying dead companies for $$$ (e.g. Volterra).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A Good Gateway Job into Manufacturing

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Maxim Integrated is a great place to gain manufacturing experience. They operate very lean in support roles, so burn out and turnover is common in those positions. After working for Maxim for a couple of years, you will have the needed manufacturing experience to move up to a better opportunity elsewhere.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the Maxim manufacturing model is very labor intensive using used fab tools and inefficient processes. As a result, the vast majority of Maxim employees are hourly Fab Operators which are largely functionally illiterate. This low skill work environment creates daily frustrations for the few college educated employees.

    Also given the fierce overseas competition, Maxim leadership responds by providing minimal staffing for technical support roles. This understaffing scenario creates long work days and much difficulty taking vacation time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Continue the product industry diversification strategy.
    2. Grow the automotive market segment which is more profitable.
    3. Invest in labor-saving technology requiring fewer low-skilled hourly employees.
    4. Adequately staff critical technical staff roles to prevent constant turnover and re-training efforts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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