Actel Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
22 Reviews
3.4
22 Reviews
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Actel President and Chief Executive Officer Microsemi Corporation James J. Peterson
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  1.  

    Used to be good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

    layoffs are over or so it seems

    Cons

    There is no room for growth as very few senior level people were let go during layoffs compared to beg-mid level engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    He is leaving actel in a few months...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Generally a good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

    benefits are good
    work expectations are usually reasonable

    Cons

    not much room for growth
    management makes questionable decisions
    historically aenemic stock growth
    atmosphere of layoffs in recent quarters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fewer nickel and dime cost cutting measures
    more performance incentives

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from this place!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule usually permitted

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hit by the economic downturn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Slow 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work, family atmosphere and open communications.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

    John 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have stronger vision.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Average place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Actel

    Pros

    Over 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.

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Think very carefully before joining this company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Actel

    Pros

    Very understanding and flexible about time off for personal reasons.

    Cons

    Business 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Actel

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Actel

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many products and product lines- should reduce products and increase focus.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    OK place to work if management likes you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

    Nice shutdown time at holidays. Good pay.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Manager  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Actel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    transparent, 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. management is mature to to take best decision for growth of organization and its employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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