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Micrel Chairman, President, and CEO Ray Zinn
Ray Zinn
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    Good company with poor execution.

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Micrel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO


    Nice and friendly working environment.
    A person can be involved in the entire design cycle starting from conception to product release.
    Talented and smart co-workers.


    Limited upside due to tough business condition.
    Though smart - relatively new and inexperienced design and marketing mid-level management.
    Uses relatively older in-house processes which may not be a prudent approach all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Bring a very experienced outsider as CEO who has new ideas and visions and will be able to balance vision and capability and lead the company to success.

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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Business Marketing Specialist Interview

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    I applied through other source. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Micrel (San Jose, CA) in January 2014.


    Initial interview was via phone. I was asked to come in for a face to face the next day. I met with 3 people, including the hiring manager which was the director of marketing, director or product marketing, and a business marketing specialist. The interview went on for 2 hours long. They asked basic questions why I want to leave my current company, what is your skill level with Excel. They expressed over and over that the position is 100% tactical. I got called in for a second interview the following week. I met with 4 people; 2 business marketing specialists, another director of product marketing, and VP of marketing. One of the business marketing staff expressed that she came from a big company prior to joining Micrel, and most of the marketing team are from her previous company. Almost each on of them repeatedly said that Micrel operates like a 34 year old start-up with manual tools, and conservative ways of doing things. They also said that they all work late. I didn't see the enthusiasm on their faces when talking about the Micrel. I honestly felt that they regret being there because a couple of them actually looked happier talking about their previous company where the proper tools are in place, and more profitable. None of them talked about being excited about the changes they are making, where the company is going, etc, which was strange because they are the Marketing team! I think it was a red flag that the company that has been around for over 30 years is still running like a start-up. Note: that is not a selling point. It screams old-fashioned, set in our old ways, and we are cheap.

    To me, it says that they are not innovative, very cost conscious, not willing to take risk, and slow or resistant to change. The facility seems run-down, gloomy, dark, and the furniture is dated. One of the chairs in the conference room where I interviewed the second time had a nasty stain in it.

    Only 1 out of the 7 people I met with was considered "an old timer." The other 6 had only been working at Micrel for about 1-3 years. And if they did not look enthusiastic about where they are at, then to me something is not right. I sent a thank you note via email to the hiring manager, but did not have the intention to pursue the position with Micrel.

    Interview Questions

    • No difficult question for me, but more conflicting questions. One director said that the position does not require technical skills, the other one said it requires someone to be technical, and the position should not be titled Business Marketing Specialist. Another red-flag was when 3 of the interviewers asked "how do you deal with people with difficult personalities?" I was also asked if I were married, and have kids, which from my experience is unethical to ask during an interview.   Answer Question

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Website www.micrel.com
Headquarters San Jose, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1978
Type Company - Public (MCRL)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Micrel's semiconductors make their way into all sorts of electronic gear. The company manufactures more than 3,000 kinds of standard integrated circuits (ICs); its lineup includes high-performance analog, digital, and mixed-signal ICs used power management in computers, networking equipment, industrial electronics, and wireless phones and other telecom gear. The company also designs and manufactures custom ICs (3% of sales) and provides chip manufacturing services for commercial and military customers that use Micrel-produced ICs in communications systems and transport... More

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