Aptina Imaging Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
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  1.  

    Summer Internship

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    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Aptina Imaging as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Place to work at, friendly people, amazing perks for interns including housing and good pay.

    Cons

    small company, the intern work may not be too technical, sometimes not related to field of study.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Aptina Imaging Review

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Total Rewards and Systems  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Total Rewards and Systems in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Aptina Imaging full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Aptina has been great. The leadership team is transparent and they have made decent business decisions getting us to a profitable state. The work-life balance is good and the new Wellness program has me paying closer attention to my health. With the recent move to a new building there are healthier options and a new cafeteria. Aptina has been a great place to work.

    Cons

    Aptina was recently acquired. Aptina should have a gym and other amenities for the workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Aptina Imaging full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Aptina's work environment is good; it's very open, the workforce is very diverse and pleasant to work with. The products are great since you can evaluate their quality as soon as the products are done. Imaging is an interesting field that will continue to growth as more applications are found for imaging sensors and I think this company knows how to do them well.

    Cons

    The major concern is the management structure. The ratio of managers to engineers is too high. In the past, the vision and the strategy has not been clear. There has been also some lack of focus on critical projects that required the appropriate resources to make them successful. Compensation in terms of salary and bonus has been poor. Training is not well done. It is hard to get visibility in this company if you are not a manager or very high level engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should review the structure of the organization and make it a simpler, flatter organization where employees are all levels can make it a difference and gain the visibility they need to show their work.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good company to start with

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good and big company has some market share. has potential to grow in the next few years

    Cons

    need to get some more advanced products to keep its growth. salary is not high enough in sillicon valley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great when it was part of Micron, disappointing once it became Aptina

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    colleagues easy to work with

    Cons

    There is no return/reward for working hard and be a top performer. If you are good at what you do, keep doing it (no chance for promotion or salary increase), if you suck at your job, that's ok, there is no penalty either. This environment does not promote creative thinking, innovation and strive for the best. Therefore, Aptina is constantly behind competition on technology, has business model that doesn't make sense, and cannot attract talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should pay attention to the highly cpnt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    failing ship

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Aptina Imaging as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    got on product they are desperate to sell themselves off or IPO

    Cons

    horrible management, they want you to work 14 hrs per day, they don't say it, but they are not happy if you don't

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Downsizing in a expanding universe shows your management style, don't threaten your employees directly or indirectly that if they don't work over time they will be fired

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

    This company can do better if it has good management team.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, easy to work with

    Cons

    poor management, make wrong decisions very often

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider change some of the higher management to change the culture of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career in Imaging

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    Current Employee - Characterization Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Characterization Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    - hands on meaningful work
    - open learning and knowledge sharing environment
    - job shadowing for 'big picture' exposure
    - work with world renowned experts in the field

    Cons

    - not the best salary
    - company is still struggling financially, although recently made a few good financial breakthroughs
    - useless middle management, being trimmed a lot lately
    - lot of upper management politics hurting the company
    - lack of incentive causing loss of very good talent to other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trim middle management. lower headcount to proper size. keep incentive to hold back good talents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment but bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Absolute fun work environment
    2. Freedom to explore other areas of interest
    3. Lot of talented individuals.
    4. Nice location

    Cons

    1. Lot of internal politics
    2. Lot of internal politics ...deserves to be listed twice ;-)
    3. Pathetic management.
    4. Lot of managers and very few people who actually work.
    5. Lot of bureaucracy for a company of this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Stop bleeding talent to other companies.
    2. Improve NPI process.. product cycle time is awfully huge...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work as an individual contributor

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

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people. Exciting technology. Global perspective

    Cons

    Intense competition and tight - sometimes unreasonable - deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how to reduce politics between groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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