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Avnera Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Startups are tough

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avnera

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    Limited 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.

  2.  

    Great opportunity to work with an amazing engineering team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Avnera (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avnera as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Excessive 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Typical Startup Thrash

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Avnera as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and hardworking set of people

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Beware: Poor engineering and leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems/Hardware Engineering in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Systems/Hardware Engineering in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Avnera full-time

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    An intense roller coaster ride

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Design in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Electrical Design in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Avnera full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to quickly obtain a crisp focus and execute an exit strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Constant change in plans, run autocratically

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Avnera full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Executive 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer - Multiple Responsibilities in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer - Multiple Responsibilities in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Avnera full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Delegate 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Interesting work, good coworkers, good management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Avnera

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    growing pains are not nearly over.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Avnera

    Pros

    the technology. working on consumer-oriented products.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend

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