Cavium Networks

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Cavium Networks Chairman, CEO and President Syed B. Ali
Syed B. Ali
30 Ratings

    Jury's out on Cavium but am hopeful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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


    Technology. Growth. Complex chips. Can-do attitude. Hard working teams. RSU's are valuable. Growth potential is huge. Lot of original workers pre-IPO still here (may be con as old methodologies should be reviewed and some are obsolete). Difficult interview process overall which is good. Not many hiring mistakes. A lot of excitement about next generation of chips. Cutting edge tech. Lot of smart people. Cavium provides free snacks, soda and coffee all day as well as a company wide lunch on Wednesdays. Is hiring lots of college folks with fresh ideas. Overall exciting times. Hiring a lot. Flexible work hours.


    Typical growing pains of company going through big growth cycles. Benefits. 2 weeks' vacation. Work life balance is tough with grueling schedules and 3 weeks vacation after four years. Seriously? Small 401k match and high fees on funds - don't roll over your prior 401k. Horrific PEO with Trinet that manages benefits and payroll. No diversity - no females in leadership positions. Perception of people of Indian descent getting treated better (more vacation, get hired easier). Very lean engineering company. No part-time hours or work from home option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training on the soft skills - interviewing, performance reviews, etc. Consider benefits improvement for dental, retirement, add company match to HDHP and especially vacation. Formalize profit sharing / bonus program. Who gets what and why and how? Discretionary bonuses are given but must be on the "in." Some people should not be in management positions. Leave Trinet ASAP. Value the non-engineering roles as well (give them stock and bonuses).

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Updated Dec 9, 2014
Updated Dec 9, 2014

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    RTL Design Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Cavium Networks.

    Interview Details

    Got a phone interview for RTL Design 2015 Entry level. They said there would be two phone screening before onsite. Lots of resume questions about projects. And one technical question about full adder.

    Interview Questions
    • The job asks for lots of verilog experience with various cores as the interviewer impressed me.   Answer Question
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Headquarters Mountain View, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Company - Public (CAVM)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Cavium (formerly Cavium Networks) can help keep networks secure without hiding them in a cave somewhere. The company designs specialized microprocessors used in secure network transmissions, based on processor technology developed by ARM and MIPS Technologies. Cavium's customers have included Cisco Systems, Fujitsu, Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sumitomo, and ZTE. Manufacturing is contracted out to Fujitsu Semiconductor, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, and United Microelectronics. Distributors handle around one-third of sales. Customers in the US account for more than a... More

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