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Updated Jul 23, 2014
Avnera – Beaverton – “Avnera 3rd Floor”

Avnera – Beaverton – “Avnera 3rd Floor”
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2.5 11 reviews

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    Startups are tough

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible work schedule - work from where you want, when you want...Limited meetings, limited email...And you get to work on some cool audio products and see them selling not long after.

    ConsLimited personal growth...Limited raises...It's a startup, and opportunity is clustered among a very small group of people. That's just how things work - that's no different than other startups I've worked at in semiconductors.

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    Great opportunity to work with an amazing engineering team

    Engineer (Current Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsState of the art mixed-signal and analog design. Avnera has an amazing ability to form relationships with customers.

    ConsAvnera is a small start-up in a field of larger companies, so it's hard work and requires much effort and focus

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure to staff important projects up front. Don't underestimate what is required to get the job done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad decision to work at this startup - fancy external veneer, but deep rot inside.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood sounding ideas in CE world. But, poor execution management & engineering

    ConsExcessive customer complaints and returns: Wireless products stomp on wifi, have range issues. Audio products burn up FETs, have bad ADCs and generate bad EMI

    Great deal of lying and misdirection by senior engineers, founders and executives. Datasheets purposely have missing sections and min/max for key parameters, but powerpoints highlight them as competitive advantages.

    Customers burnt repeatedly by this lie-misrepresent-twist-the-truth behavior.

    Nightmare execution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to investors: fire the founders. Ten years not enough to make good use of $60M?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical Startup Thrash

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsIncredibly smart and hardworking set of people

    ConsThe CEO continually overpromises in terms of price and delivery timelines to the customers, and pushes his people incredibly hard to meet these unreasonable expectations that were set to the customer. The result is that customers are always dissatisfied with the delivery timing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvolve your employees in developing the timeline and costing for every project before committing to a customer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Beware: Poor engineering and leadership

    Systems/Hardware Engineering (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsThere really isn't anything positive that can be said. Well, you would have _a job_ that pays but nothing else really pops up for a positive call out.

    ConsThe engineering organization was led by a PART-TIME Vice President Of Engineering during my employment. That situation seems to persist today. There is no focus, as a result, and the analog and digital silicon team has made numerous company-ending type of mistakes. The software and systems engineering team has been constantly playing catch-up to mask these errors and has proven to be dysfunctional.

    None of the 20-30 products from the company has been a home run, as a result over a period of 10 years. Instead all suffer from poor software/silicon/systems engineering.

    BEWARE: this is a stressed-out, low-morale, sub-par engineering team. Do not just go by resumes and leadership profiles showcased on the company profile.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink "exit". Get a full-time VP Engineering. Refresh your engineering team. Well, it may be too late already.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An intense roller coaster ride

    Electrical Design (Current Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsGreat people to work with. A wealth of engineering talent.

    ConsHighly intense work load for minimal reward. Too many changes in direction and uncertainty fir the future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to quickly obtain a crisp focus and execute an exit strategy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant change in plans, run autocratically

    Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsFree food. A kichen area and small cafetaria where free lunch is catered daily. Some days good...same days so-so. Kichen has a reasonably stocked fridge.

    Central work location. Close to the highway and Beaverton/Portland.

    ConsThe plans change frequently depending on the time of the day. Several managers constantly changing priority and providing conflicting work requests. Often this creates major confusion among team members and delays projects which ultimately is blamed on technicians and engineers.

    Some long-time (power-wielding employees) make decisions autocratically. Often times these decisions are surprising and dampen morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExecutive staff should focus on credible business plans and look for an exit. They should reduce customer base and increase volume/customer given the small team size.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A startup with low morale that comes across as a mom-and-pop operation

    Engineer - Multiple Responsibilities (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    Pros* Free lunch catered daily from local vendors.
    * Over 8+ years, this "startup" has built several products that have been used in the Customer Electronics industry. The website showcases those products.

    Cons- Morale is low in the engineering due to management interference in low-level technical decision-making.
    - Constant change in business plans (over 9 years) leading to incomplete engineering and product quality issues in the field.
    - Departure of key technical and business folks recently.....speculating concerns about financial viability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDelegate engineering plans and decisions to the engineering teams. Figure out a long-term strategy/roadmap to prevent monthly business plan changes and turnaround the company to long-term profitability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting work, good coworkers, good management

    Engineer (Current Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsThere is interesting engineering going on with some very talented people. Management is more upfront than usual about plans and business outlook. For a startup, business been stable; very little of the ramp up/lay off cycles that can happen.

    ConsLike many startups, Avnera is working hard to keep costs down and that means few opportunities for raises or promotions are few.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    growing pains are not nearly over.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    Prosthe technology. working on consumer-oriented products.

    Consstartup climate is tough. work hours and intensity foster burn out.

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus more on morale. work to an exit event. invest more in customer support and service to retain current base.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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