PMC-Sierra
3.3 of 5 92 reviews
www.pmcs.com Santa Clara, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

PMC-Sierra Reviews

Updated May 26, 2014
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3.3 92 reviews

                             

63% Approve of the CEO

PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang

Gregory S. (Greg) Lang

(46 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Keep looking for a better company

    Senior CAD Engineer (Former Employee)
    Roseville, CA

    ProsThe worst place that I have ever worked

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire engineers as managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    More number oriented company, all decisions based on quarter results

    Firmware Engineer (Current Employee)
    Rochester, MN

    ProsHighly technical
    Get in with higher title and survive

    ConsNo formal performance review.
    Management keeps changing

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo long term strategic decisions

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    PMC Sierra Bangalore - Not a Place to Work and a Big Dent in One's Career

    Leader Product Development (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsIf door-to-door cab service to/fro work is all about an engineering job then it is one of the high
    points of this place...along with provision for umbrellas during rains, munchies, choice of
    instant & filter coffee brew in the cafeteria and an led tv

    ConsMediocrity and unprofessionalism at its worst.

    As local management do not understand semiconductors, they take bizarre decisions that
    fly on the face of engineering and defy normal comprehension and logic. This help the
    bad performers well as they continue to stay in the company making way for qualified and
    good employees to look out - high performers have long forsaken this place. Managers do
    not have the grasp of even the basics of engineering and therefore no clue about the product
    developed in the North American sites.

    North American employees are compelled to work with local management and
    employees as they seem to have been left with no choice.

    ** Positive reviews about this place posted by engineers look so improbable **

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf cost benefit be the sole aim of a site, then does it mean forsaking excellence ?

    A low-cost yet at par productive site need to hire real asic design managers and
    engineers who are knowledgeable and proficient in the field of work just like other
    companies in Bangalore do and earn reputation in the local industry.

    Mediocrity obscures and offsets pecuniary benefit - actually it is more 'expensive'
    as it pull down the worldwide reputation and credibility of the company as a whole
    due to a single site.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Banga (India)

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementPlease wake up and employ effiecent people who can work not play politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    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 Senior Management* 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pros and Cons of PMC India

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    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 Senior Management* 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a very unfriendly place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementBe civilised.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PMC Sierra - One of the world's most over-managed and ultra-red taped companies in the semiconductor business.

    Senior Mixed Signal Engineer (Former Employee)
    Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsIf you enter a team that is extremely proficient at what they do and you have a boss who will support you in good times and bad times, then it is a pretty good place to work. Work is fairly challenging and interesting. Tools support is best in class.

    ConsPMC has a big reuse mentality and it requires good documentation to make the system work. Unfortunately, they go overkill on the documentation, QA and checklists. A 1 transistor design or a 1 wire modification of an existing design takes almost 6 weeks to complete due to the excessive documentation, checklists and signature gathering. Imagine trying to design a standard 10,000 transistor or 100,000 gate design -- more than 50% of the time would be spent on documentation, checklists -- all red tape stuff for managers. Another problem with PMC are the managers -- there are too many of them to be effective. The best way to describe it is Nortel management (a 10,000+ employee company) implemented at PMC (a 1000 employee company) -- this isn't going to work. You can't have the same number of managers at Nortel AND PMC since there isn't enough PMC regular employees to do the work. A side effect of lack of regular employees causes schedule delays and rushed projects due to insufficient resources or manpower. The final problem is performance reviews are based on bell curves. it doesn't matter if your entire group was the best performing group in the world -- one person will get the top mark and another person will get a needs improvement. This seems very unfair since its based on how well you did relative to the group instead of how well you did relative to the industry. Unfortunately, two consecutive need improvements in your performance reviews results in a firing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has evolved from a small startup that sold IP to AMCC. Gone are the good days when Bob, the CEO, would have lunch with you to congratulate the good work you have done on your latest project. Or talk to the COO in the hallway about the latest hockey game. Accessibily is the problem with Senior management -- they are so high in the clouds that they don't know what is happening to their own company or to the world around them. They just want to hear...all is good...no problems and we will make millions from this chip...Cisco will buy what we make without question. The managers who deal with Senior Management have to beautify their reports so that Senior Management gets to hear what they want to hear. My advice -- get off the clouds.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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