PMC-Sierra

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PMC-Sierra Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
104 Reviews
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PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefit, good working environment (in 12 reviews)

  • Work life balance, friendly working environment (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • If you want work-life balance , it comes at a cost of job security (in 5 reviews)

  • It takes a long time to accept new ideas and innovation (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Keep looking for a better company

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

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The worst place that I have ever worked

    Cons

    Management swears all the time, very discriminant, womanizing, good old boys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire engineers as managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    More number oriented company, all decisions based on quarter results

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Highly technical
    Get in with higher title and survive

    Cons

    No formal performance review.
    Management keeps changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do long term strategic decisions

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    PMC Sierra of Bangalore ... the lowliest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader, Product Development in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Leader, Product Development in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    As previous reviews have mentioned, the company runs a fleet of efficient cabs to transport employees as its core strength.

    Cons

    Never consider to work for this company. Get hold of its ex employees to know about it. Join only if you do not have the chance to get a job any where else.

    Review which mention of a good place to work and high job content is doubtable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look yourself at the mirror and the people you promote.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid PMC Sierra Bangalore - Be patient in job search,not waste your education and do your
    career a favour

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PMC Bangalore Alumni ; -) in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - PMC Bangalore Alumni ; -) in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management provide good cab service and instant coffee. It is easier than understanding
    semiconductors, ain't it ?

    Perceived higher-than-market compensation as a bait by an otherwise disfavoured local
    company - intelligent people do not get taken in by this.

    Cons

    This "place" do not bear any remote semblance or even the shreds of a professional organization.
    Almost or rather in entirety, a family-run entity behind the curtains targeted to bring down educated,
    qualified and honest people who had made a huge career mistake by taking a job in this organization without doing much research. By the time the realization dawns upon upon about what an irreversible blunder has been made, he is into an abyss of despair waiting out some months before looking out for a next job. Providentially, the candidates who are trying to leave this place after a short and excruciatingly difficult time (stint?) at this site, get absorbed in good organizations and heave a sigh of relief.

    There isn't any good person left except for a few may be who have been luckily unscathed or have
    perhaps have personal reasons.

    Unqualified people are promoted to higher ranks even up to the levels of principal engineers and
    senior managers by local management much to the mockery and derision from the North American
    sites - actually even by other employees of this site who 'understands'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local management need not be advised as they unabashedly pursue their style of functioning
    and machinations - well described in some earlier reviews. NA management are so qualified,
    exceptional, world-class and honest but probably maintaining a dignified silence or hopefully
    planning an overhaul.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sickest semiconductor company in Bangalore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leader, Product Development in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Leader, Product Development in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of fun and no work - if you consider that as a pro!

    Cons

    Worst management I have seen in my 15 year career. Total lack of direction and most people who end up becoming managers are good at boot licking and usually from Maharashta. Technical skills is not a prerequisite to work in PMC, Bangalore. Join if you are sure that you never want to get hired by another company post your PMC days...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the Bangalore site if you are really serious of an India R&D site

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    M in PMC-Sierra Stands for Maharashtra

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Process oriented work
    * Cab facility

    Cons

    * Unprofessional Management: WORST management you will ever find in semiconductor industry. Consequently, the level of attrition is very high with virtually all decent engineers leaving the Bangalore division.
    * Desperate and insecure management resorting to cheap and unprofessional ways to promote nepotism. Regionalism abound and people from Maharashtra and in and around Nagpur being promoted to safeguard the empire of utterly incompetent managers/engineers
    * North American management turning a blind eye to these activities in Bangalore despite knowing very well the problems.
    * North American management secretly wants Bangalore to do bad/mediocre, local Bangalore management actually INTENDS to look like bunch of jokers so that its position is secure
    * Result is all round mediocrity, a circus run by local management where engineers join and leave every single week with no long term vision. It is like enrichment in centrifuge. Engineers come and go and the workforce gets enriched by people from Maharashtra in the process with ever increasing share of people in an around Nagpur over time. NA management is smoking pot meanwhile.
    * No point in joining PMC-Sierra Bangalore with a long term career. For short term, you can consider it and if you do join, bargain hardest for remuneration as management will agree as not many engineers choose PMC Bangalore.

    Lastly, PMC-Sierra is struggling hard overall with lay-offs and lost projects. It makes no sense to join such an unprofessional organization unless you can't find a job anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and take some tough steps to fix the mess in Bangalore center

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    PMC-sierra review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Banga (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Banga (India)

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will have lot of work and you will be stuck in a very unprofessional environment

    Cons

    Very unprofessional environment
    Only maharashtra people are preffered .
    Technically people are not qualified to handle pressure or handle big team.
    Lot of politics and you will be stuck in that environment and nothing to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please wake up and employ effiecent people who can work not play politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Review of PMC-Sierra Inda

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Their flows not that bad and there is an emphasis on process which not every semiconductor company has

    * Their salaries are above par Industry but remember that is to retain/attract good people who would never ever join PMC India

    Cons

    * PMC-Sierra India is one of the most unprofessional organization I have ever seen in my entire career and I would not say this for my other previous employers

    * Whole of PMC-Sierra India reeks of incompetency and possibly corruption, lies and machinations to hide them from the senior management in North America. When the senior management visits India, India management goes overboard in obsequious behavior to please them. Consider this, when CEO Greg Lang visited India, all the people who were promoted previous cycle hosted (and they were ONLY contributors for this party, paid from their own pocket) a happy hour for him. Apparently, the local head of India operations just gave them this Idea which they gladly accepted.

    * Your professional progress is dependent on which part of India you are from. Closer you are from Maharashtra (or better Nagpur), better your chances of progress. Contribution to company are secondary of course.

    * Since the India local head virtually has no experience or competency in semiconductors, field, the emphasis is building a team of "loyal" leaders all of whom happen to be from within 200km radius of Nagpur. What a coincidence!

    * The result of this is exit of virtually all (if any left) competent engineers in PMC-Sierra India. It might come as a surprise, but actually having any competent leader leave PMC-Sierra India is goal of local management to ensure their own survival.

    * If you really have to join PMC-Sierra India, use it as a stepping stone for your next job by negotiating a good salary which they would agree to given their high attrition rate. Neither PMC-Sierra India management (by virtue of being incapable to do so) nor PMC North America management has ANY plans to benefit your career in long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Wake up and send an independent observer to PMC-Sierra India to look into unprofessionalism and irregularities.

    * As much as India local management would like you to believe, no, not all India Design Centers are incompetent.

    * People with lack of integrity and poor work ethics do not inspire engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons of PMC India

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Even if you are not a good engineer or a contributor, you can make it up for your shortcomings by getting involved in extra curricular activities like cricket matches over weekend, playing treasure hunt in office on a friday afternoon from 1pm till the end of the day. And no, you don't need any approval from your manager to waste your or other colleague's time that friday. Other possible avenues are socializing over beer on friday night or just go hiking with leaders at PMC India.

    * If you are from Maharashtra, you get special concession over the above mentioned. Really good plan for personal and professional development for employees I must say.

    Cons

    * The cons include getting a beating from your North American peers/managers in project execution since you may not be able to deliver as per you capabilities, however low they might be anyways. But don't worry, if you sacrifice your dignity a little bit (by taking a beating form your peers) and continue to participate in extra curricular activities mentioned above, your pay raise and promotion are guaranteed since anyways some other senior would be resigning in next few months and you can be promoted to his position.

    * You have to have a low IQ to be a leader in PMC India or be from Maharashtra or both (best possible combination).

    * If you stay there for too long, you might be trapped here as it might be difficult to find another company where similar favorable conditions (mentioned above) may exist for your career enhancement, especially if it is performance based.

    * You might be a laughing stock in front of your peers across other locations in the globe, but don't forget my first point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Wake up to realities in PMC India and do something about it.
    * Run company more like technology innovator and less like an accountant/operations guy where only aim is to save every penny possible. This is high tech, not manufacturing company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a very unfriendly place to work

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

    I worked at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Location - we don't have so many big technology companies in Vancouver

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance;
    Managements are not professionaly and some of them are not ethical;
    Team work does not occure in many departments
    Poor job security - if you're new, senior or just employee, you can be fired any time by not joining the office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be civilised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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