Rambus Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
32 Reviews
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32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good CEO, too many middlemen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rambus

    Pros

    + Good salary and benefits
    + Open communication and lack of boundaries
    + Not much work pressure
    + CEO committed to adding share-holder value

    Cons

    - A good company should have lots of "value creating engineers" and a few managers/hands-off engineers. Rambus has lots of management and hands-off engineers, but very few hands-on engineers who create value.
    - Trying to launch products, but there are still lots of design IP projects which don't ever create $$.
    - Very strong old boy network in parts of the company. Most Rambus VPs and Senior VPs are white Americans. While many of them are cosmopolitan, many of them give more responsibility to people with similar cultures whom they are more comfortable with. One would expect responsibility to be given based on performance - that's not always the case.
    - Performance-based incentives are far less compared to other Silicon Valley companies.
    - No real vision. Just boosting stock price is not a vision, like a previous reviewer said. The single-minded focus on boosting stock price leads to frequent cost cutting and layoffs to boost the next few quarters' EPS (which hurt the company in the long run).
    - Company has a reputation for not-so-good professional ethics. While the marketing team is trying to change this perception in the industry, some of the company's behavior is still on the borderline of what can be considered ethical. For example, people are frequently laid off just 3-4 days before their 6 month bonus payments (often worth $30k-40k) are due. These employees are out of a job unexpectedly, and at the same time the company relies on fine print to deny them money they believe they've earned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of managers, hire and retain people who create value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, challenging brand reputation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Perks were nice - good benefits, stocked fridge with snacks. Easy access to top management.

    Cons

    Company is not respected in the industry. Too much litigation past tied to it, hence bad reputation. Tough to grow revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good experience overall

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Rambus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere
    Competitive pay( I was an intern there and my pay was comparable to what my friends in other sw firms were being paid)
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    They seem to be going through a bit of a dry patch at the moment. They went through a 15% staffing cut while I was there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    used to be good place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Rambus full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    intellectually rich place with good base

    Cons

    hard to get a project funded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Smart researchers, great benefits, big question mark on evolving business strategy

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    Former Employee - IP Strategy in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - IP Strategy in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Rambus full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are phenomenal, location is great. New product-centric business units run like up-beat startups with purpose. New CEO seems to have a good perspective on transitioning to a business services model.

    Cons

    Kind of a downer to work for a licensing company that makes money primarily by patent infringement lawsuits. Patent troll culture is kind of ingrained in the middle management. Cost-cutting inevitably creates a "get out while you can" environment until the transition to a new business model turns the corner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the structure by a level. Flush the management structure to bring in product-centric folks to match the new business model. Change the company name, not just the logo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, but a pressure cooker

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Brecksville, OH
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Brecksville, OH

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, strict hiring practices ensure that most people you work with are very competent and some of the best in their respective fields.

    Cons

    Company is headed in lots of random directions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be less of you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Not bad

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at Rambus

    Pros

    Close knit team, compact team size, Chapel Hill team is excellent, Chapel Hill area is excellent, very good benefits package, engineering heavy organization, one of the best places for high speed signalling, analog and circuit designers.

    Cons

    Not a great place for ASIC/Digital/Logic folks, management has a lot to improve, not many engineers made money of their stock options/espp in a long long time, salary range may vary greatly among employees of same cadre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is extremely lucky to keep surviving one fiasco after another. Stock based income has been nothing for most employees these last few years. So much engineering potential to create new business opportunities is being wasted. Attrition rates are clear indicator of employee satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can't believe this is still hangin around

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    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Rambus

    Pros

    Awesome Boss!! and good pay for a bay area company

    Cons

    Poor Business Model and poor products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something quick. Quit trying to sue every tech company

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great IO company entangled in litigations

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff II in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff II in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    High Speed IO, SERDES - great company if you want to work on these areas.

    Cons

    Less Clarity, Too much affected by litigations, very less products and only IP based model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Products also, not just on IPs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great but changing now

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    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Rambus full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top notch work, good life-work balance, great benefits.. Everything was perfect until a few years before

    Cons

    no proper directions, no current active serious projects, less customer interactions..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all know it and still refuse to act on it..The results are already up to see..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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