Analog Devices Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
237 Reviews
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Pros
  • The only pro is work-life balance as there is very little work to do (in 34 reviews)

  • very talented co-workers, good working environment, good salaries (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Strong senior management, but very weak mid-level management (in 7 reviews)

  • Career advancement can be very slow - especially from entry level to mid-level mangement (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good balance, needs stronger decision making

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Analog Devices full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and focus on continuous improvement. Good work / life balance/

    Cons

    Not all groups the same, some older support organizations are filled with bureaucracy and outdated systems. Attempts are being made to improve but its slow going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firm up on identifying the poor performers and removing them. Its too difficult to address these issues under the current HR policies and procedures.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be a great place, still has some great people, management needs direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Analog Devices full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    90% of people are great, very professional and smart. Good products. Decent benefits. Good work-life balance. Decent pay. Open to career moves within the company.

    Cons

    Management seems to have no clear direction. Bad managers and low performers are not dealt with. Too much politics often gets in the way of successful product releases. Poor or no communication between upper management and the rest of the company, even amongst themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate people in management and align them where you want the company to be. Acknowledge top performers and remove bottom performers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    marketing intern

    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Analog Devices as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    good to understand different industries

    Cons

    Not much external customer validation

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  5.  

    Mixed! Good company but execution new product development is poor.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FAE in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - FAE in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Analog Devices

    Pros

    Flexible and fun environment. Great people.

    Cons

    Poor execution, many failed strategies and half assed approach to new markets has lead to poor penetration and hence zero revenue growth poor stock performance over last 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too top heavy

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The synergy of the group varies strongly depending on the leader.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Analog Devices

    Pros

    Good 401k match, company doesn't make it "arbitrary" in tough times
    Good benefit package, strong employee assistance (emergency childcare, paternity leave)

    Cons

    Corporate seems to favor it's Ireland and MA engineers - important to be "known" by technology VPs located in MA in order to progress to highest technical levels. ADI is employer of choice in MA, but not in Silicon Valley - compensation is not as competitive unless you're a new hire. Very stingy with RSUs/equity program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with the new Marketing/Technology strategy but increase your awareness of the competitive situation in Silicon Valley and the talent that resides there!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Solid company perfect for a quite living and technically challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Analog Devices

    Pros

    huge amount of information and knowledge available. Weekly seminars and daily discussions help you learning and broaden your area of competence. Form this point of you analog is great. It's pretty tough to get in as a designer. You get screened from the senior designer to the fellows. People here is always available to help you out with everything from the simulation environment to technical problems that you might have in your design. Very challenging place to work in, but once you are in, unless they close your design center as it is happening right now, you are pretty safe.

    Cons

    Forget about short term careers. No matter how good you are the older guy goes always ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there's is very little interaction with senior management and I think is one of the weakest aspects of the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Analog Devices

    Pros

    You can enjoy a good life as an integrated circuit designer. The environment is relaxed, they give plenty of space for creativity, and performance is valued more than deadlines. They hire some of the best designers that you can find in the industry and it is a great place to learn.

    Cons

    Most of the designers work in small chips and they specialize in a single type of circuit, which does not provide them with a broad base for their future career.
    The professional growth opportunities are limited, and experience is more valued than talent.
    Working in a remote site is not pleasant due to management ignoring feedback from those that do not work in the headquarters.
    Marketing does a poor job, and HR is absolutely useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve internal communications.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for - A technology Leader!! - but career growth opportunities are very limited

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Analog Devices

    Pros

    Great culture of innovation. Company has been a technology leader for decades. Overall compensation and benefits package is good but compensation has fallen significantly behind the market on more than one occasion in the past few years (both in the US, East and West coast sites and EU - Limerick) and reactive measures were needed to remedy this. Of all the competitors in this business - National Semi, Linear Technology, Maxim, Intersil, Fairchild and TI - ADI is easily the BEST company to work for.

    Cons

    The business strategy has failed to grow the business beyond $2.5B in the past 5 years and this stagnation has put pressure on margins which in turn has forced a working climate of doing more with less. In addition the stock options grants have not netted any value to employees in that timeframe. In addition option grants have become very targeted and the great broad based grants are history.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our current business strategy has essentially remained unchanged since 2001 and it has failed to grow our business beyond $2.5B. It is clear this strategy needs to change but senior executives are unwilling or unable to break from running the business from quarter to quarter to satisfy analysts expectations. Expect nothing to change in the company vision and direction until you see a change in leadership.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    ADI... great human capital and engineering community

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Analog Devices

    Pros

    The people. People definitely makes the difference. ADI has a great human capital. Probably one of the bests across industry. There is a "strong company culture". Either when things go well or not, strong support can be found from piers. Also people is very social.

    Other important factor is technical challenge. In a rapid growing and competitive industry, ADI is striving to be among the top players. Technical innovation at ADI is an on going thing, which has to be seen as a very valuable factor for personal career growth and development.

    Factors mentioned above, make the whole deal about working at ADI, without any doubt.

    Cons

    In some groups there is a lack of mentoring and right guidance for junior engineers. Management under pressure to make money. Other groups are great in that sense and there is more sense of direction.
    Many worthy people whose efforts and contributions are outstanding leave the company seeking for better opportunities mainly because there have short recognition from management and their salary is not matched to the contributions they made. Money is not the ultimate reason, but unfortunately, sometimes it is the only measure somebody has to estimate her/his appreciation from the company.
    For many years, ADI seems to have issues retaining key people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward loyalty. Treat employees who have been with ADI for a long time better rather than giving higher pay to people less experienced coming from outside companies.
    Incentives and Compensation not great and well below other competitors.
    Stock options awarded underwater and worthless. Bonuses might be ok depending on business.
    Many attempts in the past to give spot awards, but never seen that as an ongoing thing.
    When the numbers don't come out the way top management expects there is a total lack of communication, they cancel quarterly communications, engineering conferences...

    Clearly there seems to be a mismatch between the quality of human capital and the rewarding/recognition they get. That whole review process is a mere paperwork and somewhat disappointing for many individuals that see it as the only opportunity during the year to provide/get feedback. Tis should be addressed in a different way. Also, people that make good contributions should get reasonably good rewards.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of opportunities to make a difference at an outstanding company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Analog Devices

    Pros

    Promotes discussion and collaboration, lots of smart people and an unlimited list of thing that you can do to make the company successful.

    Cons

    Not a risk taking company, but I guess it means they do not waist resources on speculative business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is doing great but to make sure it continues you need to be paranoid.
    Do not take excuses from PL management for not hitting schedules. Drive hard, make sure people are working on the right stuff and not just the cool stuff.
    Make sure people know that if it the customer did not ask for it then its probably not needed.
    Listen to your customer, and move faster with sense of urgency. Do not do project half baked.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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