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Updated Mar 22, 2014

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3.3 21 reviews

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Actel President and Chief Executive Officer Microsemi Corporation James J. Peterson

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Generally a good place to work

    Product Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosbenefits are good
    work expectations are usually reasonable

    Consnot much room for growth
    management makes questionable decisions
    historically aenemic stock growth
    atmosphere of layoffs in recent quarters

    Advice to Senior Managementfewer nickel and dime cost cutting measures
    more performance incentives

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    Stay away from this place!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsFlexible work schedule usually permitted

    ConsThe environment here is one of hostile, ignorant and incompetent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of nepotism and favoritism in the company. Some old timers are simply not up to the task anymore.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hit by the economic downturn

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsFlexibility in work hours.
    Great location.
    Some interesting products and strategies to go after new markets.
    Many smart and experienced coworkers.

    ConsSlow moving.
    Never seem to make any gains in terms of revenue/growth.
    Company wants more done with less (several RIFs).
    Offshoring a lot of engineering.
    Future innovation seems questionable based on recent corporate decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has been fractured with the offshoring, morale is low, and you're in danger of losing key contributers when the economy turns around. If something isn't done to address this, I don't see a very bright future for the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, family atmosphere and open communications.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsJohn East, CEO, is very approachable and knows all employees by name. Respect for management and employees. Competitive pay, Management encourages work life balance. Great work location and a fabulous gym. Awesome college internship program.

    ConsAverage career advancement. Technology not very exciting. Hit hard by recent economic downturn.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave stronger vision.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Average place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsOver the people at the company are pretty competent. Flexible managers, relatively good benefits. Small company, which means you need to interact with people from a variety of different departments, giving you the opportunity to learn a lot of things.

    ConsWork can get repetitive. Products don't seem to be going anywhere, and the company doesn't seem to be doing that well financially.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany needs a new direction. Going "green" doesn't really work when the products you are producing aren't competitive on speed or features.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Think very carefully before joining this company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsVery understanding and flexible about time off for personal reasons.

    ConsBusiness Areas do not take impacts to other business areas into account when creating new processes. Manual work arounds are common. Many cause problems in other business areas. Systems to support these processes are therefore jury-rigged and difficult to modify (or even understand in some cases). No one has the big picture from a systems perspective and IT, while expected to have a big picture, is considered a drag on any project, so is never told enough info to get the big picture. IT is also hampered by severe resource constraints.

    Finally, in recent years there have been so many mandatory shut downs (take vacation or no pay) that it is impossible for a new employee to accrue time off. Also, they do not match 401K.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive IT enough resources to be effective, and re-enforce support for IT by discouraging non-IT projects that impact multiple business areas. Encourage business areas to work with other areas PRIOR to business process changes and each area should step up to own thier own business data and how the systems they use represent that data and the associated business processes. NOTE: Enough IT resources means to have at minimum 2 resources(primary and backup) for each production system.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe company is fairly stable. Flexible working hours. 1.5 - 2 weeks shutdown around Christmas holidays is convenient

    ConsSometimes the company shuts down during summer- this forces using vacation hours at a certain set time (reduces flexibility of vacation)

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many products and product lines- should reduce products and increase focus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to work if management likes you.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsNice shutdown time at holidays. Good pay.

    ConsTOO MUCH HR INVOLVEMENT. They are everywhere and don't treat people well

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut back on the HR presence. It's intimidating and people DO NOT LIKE IT. Nobody will tell you that but they do not like it! Be fair to the people who are loyal to you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great place to work with high end technology. Actel ;now microsemi, is pioneer in low power FPGA.

    Product Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Hyderābād (India)

    Prostransparent, zero politics. pioneer in one time programmable and flash based technology. now with new generation families SF2 and IGLOO2 Microsemi is ready to challenge Xilinx.

    Consneed to bring more visibility in project planning and execution. what company is doing today, its should have done much earlier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice. management is mature to to take best decision for growth of organization and its employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's ok job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood ppl, good training, and ok benefits

    Consno advancements, too many incompetent ppl

    Advice to Senior Managementprovide some real training and not treat employees like they are garbage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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