Applied Micro Circuits

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Applied Micro Circuits Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
50 Reviews
2.8
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Applied Micro Circuits President, CEO, and Director Paramesh Gopi
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25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • really good work environment to work (in 4 reviews)

  • There are still a few good people working there (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of clear direction in the business (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    future of company looks promising. If X-gene hits..nothing like that.

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    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to learn and implement. good environment. new advance technology work.

    Cons

    Increments are not good, attrition need to be addresses.Else people keep on leaving. Should go to college to attract new talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more focus of employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good colleagues, cut too many corners. way underpaid for Bay Area. Good pay in other locales.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    My direct manager and colleagues. Allowed to self manage. Good customers. Interesting technology and applications.

    Cons

    Stuck in same role, no growth opportunities. Unrealistic expections from the top management regarding timelines and without proper tools. Very understaffed and mostly poor equipment and facility. To stock holder oriented so top share grantees can cash out, vs. growing organically and bringing all employess to share in success. Too much money paid for aquisitions and their staff. Way too much off-shoring of jobs, not cost effective as imagined. Little output from many less experienced overseas staff. RIF's made by dept. with no consideration of ability or opportunity abiltiy to do other work on other products. Steady pace of lay-off's at least twice a year in America. Racially biased hiring and ageism justified by elimination of work need, but actually due to higher-cost salary without understanding, realizing or caring of senior skilled efficiency in many cases. This is causing others to leave as they see how arbitrary the firing of skilled people seems to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who is really contributing, and don't just hire based on relationships instead of skills. This is mostly in reference to top level engineering managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Field Applications Engineer

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    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A place to learn about various cutting edge technologies. Friendly and helpful colleagues

    Cons

    Not too much career growth path. No annual salary increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that is circling the drain, soon to close its doors.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director of Engineering  in  Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Engineering in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are still a few good people working there.

    Cons

    The senior management has managed to spend all the cash on hand and will soon be taking the company into debt. Avoid this company at all cost unless it's a last resort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let some capable managers take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just an OK company. If you are thinking of joing them; you can do better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Micro Circuits full-time

    Pros

    - Salaries are very competive.
    - Medical Benefits are good.
    - Some other benefits are below industry average (no 401K match).

    Cons

    - Not very many advancement opportinities in the USA.
    - Resources are strained, so each group looks out for itself (silos). No teamwork.
    - Lacks organizational values.
    - Has a tendency to move out the goal line for 6 months to one year on many of your restricted stock grants about one week before you are supposed to receive the shares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need to establish some organizational values.
    - Need to encourage and reward teamwork.
    - When you make restricted stock grants to high-performing employees for retention purposes, you should go through with the grants when the deadline arrives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was average.

    Former Employee - Global Logistics Senior Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Global Logistics Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    My manager was the best.

    Cons

    No communication and no motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unique products,nice people, centrally located.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well-established company with defined product niches & decent balance sheet puts AMCC among the lower-risk places to invest your time and energy.

    Cons

    Flip side of the Pros is explosive growth seems less likely. Maybe a buy-out candidate over time to better entrench a bigger company with some of key customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate or be bought out. (Or maybe both.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, interesting technology, frequent regime changes.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The rank-and-file and middle managers are some of the nicest and cleverest people around. Hours are flexible, benefits are pretty good. There's always something new to learn about.

    Cons

    More than a decade of senior management turmoil has lead to repeated wholesale changes of direction with little to show for it other than nearly a billion dollars in cash spent and a lot of jobs off-shored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    OK company

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Be able to survive in this company

    Cons

    Don't do anything stupid or something else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be aggressive and the rewards will come

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    stuff engineer

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    Current Employee - Stuff Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Stuff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Micro Circuits full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the company offers flexible working hours, really good health insurance benefits, and you had the opportunity to do a wide spectrum of work

    Cons

    the company is medium sized , compare to large size company , it may has some disadvantages in terms of long term stability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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