PMC-Sierra

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PMC-Sierra Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
104 Reviews
3.1
104 Reviews
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PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
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49 Ratings

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.  

    Lots of opportunities, highly skilled engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with and learn from
    Lots of opportunities to get involve in many aspects of chip design

    Cons

    High level architects do not come up with innovative ideas

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

    Enjoyed working for PMC and then shocked I was laid off.

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer

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

    Pros

    Project teams were small and had a lot of interaction that allowed us to resolve issues quickly. You had time to decompress after going through scheduling crunch times. Office staff generally got along well and did a lot of social activities together.

    Cons

    Didn't feel we were always told the full story on our group's program strategy. Maybe it was due to the changing market. Schedules were unrealistic without any contingencies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mask Layout Designer in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Mask Layout Designer in Allentown, PA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    good at suppling information to use.

    Cons

    schedule did not encompass four digital blocks that were needed to be done before my assignment was completed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management Was good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    An interesting place, but a project without direction

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    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    PMC makes it extremely easy to connect with other employees at remote sites, and it really feels like working side by side, no matter where you are located
    The engineer in the APPS groups are quite simply the best ones for that job

    Cons

    PMC does not build on its strengths
    The higher the manager position, the more disconnected from projects' reality
    Perks, benefits and salary not competitive ithin the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PMC is missing a real feedback channel to higher management
    Not much sense in trying to hire more/better people if you can't keep the ones you already have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Talented engineers and interesting work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Roseville, CA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated people. Interesting products, lots of learning opportunities. Social committee works to help team morale with breakroom snacks, coffee machine, and regular low key get-togethers.

    Cons

    Unrealistic schedules and lots of management pressure. 5 year plan not always clear.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Technical Organiation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A company which technically stays ahead

    Cons

    Vision and market positioning is weak

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good, it could be better.

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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 PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    More responsibility is given based on ones interest, otherwise you were not considered. Basically if you are proactive then you are projected properly and lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Not everyone can be proactive, if you are not you will not be given enough importance to grow. Which is very bad if one is not proactive. More driven by customers which should not be the criteria, rather have a strong product and attract the customers...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please update standards of salaries as per the market.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    OK

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, able to telecommute

    Cons

    Poor management, too aggressive on deadline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to better understand the strength of their employee and put them into the right position so they can serve their ability better

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    pros and cons, if you get into a good team then good for you!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    smart and friendly engineers, get to learn and implement leading edge technology, salary and compensation package is competitive, options to transfer to different departments or teams so that you could experience and learn new skills in your career, most managers acknowledge hard work and results, everyone is approachable and is treated with respect

    Cons

    re-org and layoffs too often, management lacks vision and execution, employee morale is poor, need more team building events, marketing team is unfocused and lacks experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus focus focus, need to clearly define your roadmap and what are your "differences" to the competition

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    intelligent staff, poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer - Co-op in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Engineer - Co-op in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - you work on interesting projects; it's a great place to work if you like to learn new things
    - most of the employees are easy to get along with

    Cons

    - the management seemed a bit poor
    - I could tell a lot of the senior employees did not seem too happy about their situation
    - there was miscommunication at times between the different supervisors you had. I had to report to 3 different people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - create a more friendly environment. Some of the employees are quite harsh.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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