OmniVision Technologies Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
32 Reviews

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OmniVision Technologies President, CEO, and Director Shaw Hong
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    Leading Technology in Image Sensor field without good growth margin

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leading the technology in image sensor field

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    badge is for security.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Trapped in a nightmare...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 5 years

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Best avoided

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

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    ESPP is probably the only reason to stay

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

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor communication

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies

    Pros

    Digital imaging is a growing industry.

    Cons

    Senior Management does not communicate decisions to employees effectively. Very poor communication between groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and they will respect you back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not so happy, but still can live with it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies

    Pros

    Approach new technologies and new products aggressively, design team and supporting function teams are working so hard and so smart.

    Cons

    Engineers got so much pressure form so many projects in aggressive schedule, management is not well organized, many high level leaders show low EQ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Omnivision

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies

    Pros

    Interesting technology. A leader in their business, although Samsung and Aptina are close behind. Sell to multiple markets for good diversification.

    Cons

    C-level execs retain mediocre managers and directors, who then squeeze every last bit of time and blood out of the staff. Taking time off earns a "not committed to the company" reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating workers like robots. Start promoting people who can successfully manage a team, not the people who have been there 15 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    best place to study for a short time

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

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies

    Pros

    salary is not bad, and the work is not very tough, but the commute is hard problem when you overwork,

    Cons

    very bad management, and taiwan background, and stint to engineer. the benifits is just so so, meet the minimum requirements by the governement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    understand more of your engineers, try to have a more clear plan for projects, and be good to your engineers

    No opinion of CEO

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