Cavium Networks

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Cavium Networks Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
37 Reviews
3.8
37 Reviews
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Cavium Networks Chairman, CEO and President Syed B. Ali
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  1.  

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company has good outlook and has been growing

    Cons

    Can't see any cons now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent team and peer group

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

    I worked at Cavium Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great product line; the company has an improving work environment and awesome co-works; there are good prospects for the company's future, the overall team is top quality especially people that have been with the company for 5+ years.

    Cons

    opportunities for rapid career growth reducing, location of headquarters, semiconductor industry is consolidating going forward with next generation process nodes becoming very expensive;

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great engineering company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer  in  Marlboro, MA
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in Marlboro, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All engineering work, very focused environment. Great leadership.

    Cons

    Only two weeks of paid time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better time-off policies, at least to industry standard. Personal growth classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cavium Networks full-time

    Pros

    sophisticated multi-processor SOC technology, fast-paced, good salary and RSU's

    Cons

    work-life balance difficult, depending upon project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep attacking growing markets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Jury's out on this one

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Products. Meaningful work. Wicked smart people. Everyone can make a difference here. Very lean. Good number of RSU's are given to new hires and annually. People who started pre-IPO are still there. Some cultural diversity but not enough.

    Cons

    2 weeks vacation. Seriously? Benefits not good. Insane schedules. Work life balance not there. Still acts like a start-up company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits. Why aren't there any females in senior leadership positions? People who started pre-IPO are still there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    You are human capital at Cavium

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

    I worked at Cavium Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is good, about 20% premium over small startups, with RSUs instead of options.

    Cons

    Corporate culture sucks. You are truly human capital to be used up. My next job was like a country club compared to this salt mine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the talent feel special. Make this a place people want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Cavium is a great place to work. Workplace culture is casual and the engineering team has lots of talent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not a lot of management overhead and redtapism.
    Entrusted with a lot of responsibility, as a result lot of scope to learn and grow.

    Cons

    1. Marketing and engineering teams not always on the same page.
    2. No real perks.
    3. While compensation is comparable, health benefits and 401(K) contributions are not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Got to improve the incentives and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It been good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting stuff to work on.

    Cons

    limited benefits. 401k , vacation etc are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for. Strong and effective management and engineering innovation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  New Marlboro, MA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in New Marlboro, MA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent engineers to work with, competent management and in general a very good place to grow professionally.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing right now. Continue valuing employees. They are the only assets to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good products, decent engineering, below-average benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cavium Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company has managed to get products out the door that reasonably meet the market needs and win designs. Starting from the early security processors all the way through the current multicore processor, the technology has been world-leading.
    I've been here 9 years, and the work hasn't grown stale - there's always some new angle, wrinkle to it, new technology to learn.
    The executives demonstrated unusual leadership by taking a major pay cut when we had serious financial trouble. Even now, the salaries are reasonable (though the total compensation package is starting to look out of line).

    Cons

    The process of getting products defined is very chaotic - it causes a lot of confusion with our early customers, our field, and our engineering team as features come and go.
    The benefits are fairly poor, by valley standards. Pay levels are OK, but the vacation policy (starts at 2w, rises to 3w - and that's it) is poor. There's a broad array of medical options, but the company kick-in covers only the very bottom. There's a very minimal 401k company contribution.
    Middle management has been promoted from within, often without any formal training, so you have engineers becoming average-to-worse managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits, and especially vacation policies. Make your employees feel valued, not like they are replaceable cogs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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