Aptina Imaging Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Summer Internship

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    Former Intern - Product Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Product Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aptina Imaging as an intern (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.


  2. Very good people, high degree of passion, but a little bit too unwilling to recognize weaknesses

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High caliber talent, strong commitment to winning. Management style definitely allowed people to be empowered and do the right thing. Generally accessible and open management style.

    Cons

    Pockets of incompetence or non-performance tend to not be addressed. Relatively out of touch with the market in terms of pay and benefits, and generally unwilling to do what it takes to retain top management.

    Advice to Management

    Understand where the weaknesses are and who to listen to, and don't be afraid to cut where performance is not adequate.


  3. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aptina Imaging full-time (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.


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  5. Great company work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aptina Imaging full-time (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 Management

    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.


  6. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time (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


  7. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time (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 Management

    Should pay attention to the highly cpnt


  8. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, easy to work with

    Cons

    poor management, make wrong decisions very often

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aptina Imaging full-time (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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time (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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aptina Imaging full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Exciting technology. Global perspective

    Cons

    Intense competition and tight - sometimes unreasonable - deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how to reduce politics between groups.



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