OmniVision Technologies Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. OVT in Transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Many projects to keep you busy and engaged all year round with breathers to improve your process, tools, and skills in-between
    * Interesting technology with a lot to learn, if you are willing to explore
    * Respected technical expertise is available in almost every group
    * Provides additional benefits: dinner after 6:30, encourages fitness classes every other day, and promotes Mandarin classes
    * When in a crisis situation, the departments can pull together and work very efficiently

    Cons

    * Uncollaborative, defensive work environment
    * Playing catch up with competitors.
    * Racially non-diverse and makes for difficult communication/collaboration
    * A heavy influence of Micron culture, which has brought the large-corporation expertise the company was looking for but also a toxic political structure and an "old boys' club" mentality
    * Pockets of incompetence and unrewarded individual efforts due to the company's inability to accurately measure job performance or biased hiring/management
    * The company is in the process of being sold, and it negatively affects work performance and morale

    Advice to Management

    * Focus on quality, not quantity.
    * Provide your engineers with resources to perform at and compete with the best.
    * Initiate proactive, visionary and positive change in the culture that is led by upper management in action rather than complained about by individual contributors.
    * Keep up the benefits. They promote cross-department collaboration.


  2. Helpful (1)

    ASIC Design Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Many tape out products keep you busy all year long, even weekends if you like;
    2) Sometimes you can try new ideas;
    3) Control whole flow of a tapeout;

    Cons

    1) Tight schedule (each year sees 3~5 new tapeout, 2~3 ECO tapeout), no training, no R&D tapeout to test digital feature and architecture, no involvement on defining the product feature, no credit for bug free new tapeout, has penalty for specific group on with bug tapeout.

    2) engineers keep to themselves, no sharing, as promotion sticks to pyramid title levels;

    3) No career path, sub-par and blackbox promotion, compensation, and project assignment, no communication (no feedback after complaint and advice).

    Advice to Management

    Transparent competition, open communication, award fairly.


  3. analog engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good environment for people to work

    Cons

    salary..., is not perfect for me


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  5. Average

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many projects to do. you wont get bored.
    Salary package is in-line with industry.

    Cons

    Poorly planned schedule.
    And unclear of responsibility.


  6. Leading Technology in Image Sensor field without good growth margin

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analog Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analog Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leading the technology in image sensor field

    Cons

    tough competition environment. per earning release, only 19% growth margin.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free dinners. A lot of projects keep you busy, not boring.

    Cons

    1. Need to enter the company before 9:30 am.
    2. Very low margin products.
    3.Family company, not a public company

    Advice to Management

    badge is for security.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Trapped in a nightmare...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Management in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Management in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Products competitive with best in world, leading to tier-1 customer interest/demand

    Cons

    Where to begin...
    1. Expectations are ridiculous. You could work 16 hour days and there would be no appreciation or pat on the back. Every product or project is 'critical' and responses to management or customers must be sameday or sooner, regardless of the amount of work required to respond.
    2. The CEO is a figurehead and spends his time asking who owns each issue. seriously, there must be more important things for him to do.
    3. The level of micro-management is both insulting and discouraging. Let people do the jobs you hired them for
    4. Morale is ultra-low and people are trying to figure out their next career move, and openly talking about it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some experienced, talented people from outside excluding micron and aptina. This includes execs


  9. Helpful (2)

    ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    many projects keep you busy, not boring

    Cons

    poor work-life balance. It requires the employees swiping the badge when they enter and leave the company building every day so as to count how many hours they work.


  10. Helpful (13)

    Best avoided

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sensor Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sensor Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. it is in the heart of silicon valley. So you can't live too far from it if you live anywhere in the valley
    2. one of the cheapest travel deals you can get. Let me esplain this. If you're desirous of visiting China but don't have the time or the money to do so, you can visit this site and get the full experience -- complete with Mandarin Chinese spoken everywhere, ping pong in the work area, noodle sipping personnel walking about at lunch, farmer's market type atmosphere from time to time in the break rooms where staff do bulk grocery shopping at Costco and distribute it.
    3. free dinners
    4. free cup noodles

    Cons

    1. absolute and total lack of trust in the employee.
    2. management behaves like the school headmaster -- walking around observing, ever ready to punish errant 'children'.
    3. a staff (largely Mandarin speaking) that is fearful of discussing company/management strategy
    4. undisguised preference for hiring Asian staff unless the hire in question is from a competitor
    5. unfairly low wages when they hire laid off job seekers
    7. micro-managing managers. A farmer CTO used to spend considerable amount of time deciding which brand of coffee to buy
    8. tendency of management to hire family members. The CEO's (nearly) whole family worked there once
    7. a generally cheap and lack-lustre place

    Advice to Management

    1. Loosen up, and trust your employees who create your wealth
    2. Make the workforce diverse to reflect the diversity of America. Santa Clara is not the heart of China! Stop looking for only Chinese or Chinese sounding personnel
    3. Allow engineers to grow by lowering barriers to seek knowledge.


  11. Helpful (5)

    ESPP is probably the only reason to stay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -The ESPP plan is set up to very easily to be buying stock for 50% of its current value. This only works with the stock being volatile, so you're hoping for the company to tank every few years.
    -Once you prove yourself as competent, you can successfully interact with other people in the company outside of your group. Until then, you're basically on the outside of the club.
    -Schedules aren't too strict (except when business is bad and the CEO stands in the lobby seeing who comes in when and giving them grief; Not exaggerating, this actually happens) and you can actually use your vacation

    Cons

    -The company is run very cheaply. Everything basically has to go through the CTO
    -Talent is very spotty, some good people, more really bad people, and a bunch of people in the lower to middle range
    -Company is absurd with getting information from other groups. Have heard many times, "that's proprietary"
    -The company keeps a lot of the people who actually do work overseas in China or Taiwan. This makes things very difficult for those who don't speak Mandarin to get information, especially because most of the overseas "co-workers" won't give you the time of day.

    Advice to Management

    -Drop the nepotism. Seriously.
    -Broaden your horizons for people to hire. Bringing everyone here on an H1-B visa or picking them from Aptina/Micron doesn't really bring in the kind of outside thinking that would actually help the company.
    -Purge the people that don't actually do anything. Have the Bob's go through and say "What is it you say you do here?" You'll get rid of a bunch of dead weight



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