PMC-Sierra Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
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PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
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48 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefit, good working environment (in 11 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 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    challenging work in R&D good for development, specific opportunities limited.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    small high competency teams. strong development flow, good tools. not micromanaged. compensation competitive.

    Cons

    typical tight development schedules, not a lot of projects to choose from, but ones that are approved get good support. products related to storage have good business prospects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow internal expertise to retain and build long term competencies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience, depends on the group you work for.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Some really good software engineers to learn from.

    Cons

    Does not pay that much

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was very resourceful and knowledge gaining

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    Current Employee - Applications and Performance Co Op  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Applications and Performance Co Op in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Good Working environment
    2. Less stress and good Supervision.

    Cons

    1.Benefits are quite less
    2.Still could develop the Software side of the products .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing in Specific

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Technologist  in  Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Technologist in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and working conditions

    Cons

    Some bad business decesions lead to latoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lead, Firmware Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Well document design
    Good development procedure

    Cons

    The company is very stable, and conservative for investment.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Applications Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people. The product offering is quite strong and competitive. Very competitive salary. The work / life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Not too many downsides to list. The company is not huge, which is not necessarily bad but can limit job mobility and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management team is doing a good job of balancing growth and supporting existing products and customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lots of learning, innovation opportunity

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    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best part of working at PMC is that's pretty small, so far as EDA companies go. It's easy to get exposed and work in many different sides of the business. People are hard-working and also, generally, open to opportunities for improving workflows. A great place for learning and growth. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Very political (esp. across geographies), some ways of doing things are not up to industry standards, having to use a hodge-podge of EDA tools that don't fit well together

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great relaxing place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Employment is stable, since their products are usually large contracts to other big companies. Work environment is not as competitive as other companies, everyone is friendly and mature. Managers are also understanding and lets you get t he work done. Not a lot of office politics, everyone is about getting a product out.

    Cons

    If you like a very competitive and high paying environment, then you should look for work in companies similar to Apple. The pay isn't as high as other companies because they are more relaxed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    challenging work

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    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Engineer  in  Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Engineer in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    opportunity to wear many hats within technical discipline

    Cons

    understaffed projects resulting in long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust your people

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too Bad the bubble burst

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Product Design Engineer

    I worked at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Very fair environment with interesting technologies and support

    Cons

    As with most, the hours can be long and there are often little amounts of down time between projects to get caught up with life. Our design center was one of the casualties of the "downsizing" efforts following the telecom bubble burst and recovery is still questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing forward!

    Recommends
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