Conexant Systems

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Conexant Systems Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
78 Reviews
2.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people work there, or used to do so (in 4 reviews)

  • Newport Beach is a very good area to live (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance needs to improve as well (in 4 reviews)

  • Bad management, low morale and slippery sale/product head lead this company to an dead end (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering Management

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    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at Conexant Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, and technical people

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, leadership, and poor execution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Short sighted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    Fun coworkers
    Team environment; everyone pulling together
    No "not my job" mentality; initiative is welcome
    Underground parking garage in Waltham

    Cons

    Even though software was critical to the proper functioning of their products, any money spent on productivity-enhancing software development tools was only spurred by customer demand. Local management didn't recognize the importance of crafting maintainable software, resulting in a large body of legacy code that is more of a liability than an asset. The emphasis was on getting it working today without any time allowed to go back and fixing messes. All the extra hours necessary to tame that beast were seen as dedication and heroism instead of an unfortunate consequence that could be overcome with discipline. Management preferred to hire young inexperienced workers and make them work tons of hours over hiring seasoned software engineers who can do better work in less time. Software "quality assurance" were only co-ops who manually tested everything as a service to developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in sending your employees to seminars and conferences to further their skills. When faced with new development techniques which have success in other companies, instead of saying "that can't work here because..." ask "how can we make that work here?" Welcome the perspectives of new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    Coworkers and Engineering Management are very good to work with. Engineering work is good. The engineering team is able to bring a lot of products to market.

    Cons

    The companies had some of the worst CEO's who were/are neither good marketing executives or have the engineering grasp or salesmanship. The current CEO is an operations person, who does not have a marketing, engineering or sales background. Company revenues are in a free fall due to weak marketing and sales leadership. Golden Gate capital made a mistake in buying the company and now are chopping engineering to the bone and beyond to be able to show the company is breaking even (after a huge debt interest payment) as revenues have tanked. The buyout by Golden Gate has hurt the company more than it has helped. Expect a lot of good people to jump ship. Lack of coherent strategy/ vision is hurting.

    Company is selling chips that have very low ASP and competing with Asian companies in audio/video space. That's a very tough market.

    Dont see good growth prospects. This company will continue to muddle along and will eventually be sold in pieces. Golden Gate will never recover their investment. Employees will be financially better of at other companies. No stock (exept for top executives) or bonues here to make the stay worthwhile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, bad top management decision and direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff ASIC  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff ASIC in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Although need to work overtime to meet deadline, it is not as bad as other company.

    Cons

    Management has made very bad decisions for the past few years. Management has had very bad vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Management should have a long term vision, and not short term.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Previously great, but since recent acquisition by equity capital company who took it private, future is unclear

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    Work with smart people, many of whom pioneered relevant technology
    Great compensation/benefits (unsure if this will still be the case)
    Excellent environment

    Cons

    Uncertain future
    Lots of seemingly random downsizing
    Uncertain policies of new management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coherently communicate management plans in terms of individual future expectations

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    There are many good, talented people around. Engineers are the best I have ever worked with and you can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Management, management, management. Too many VPs, not enough employees. Engineers work too many hours and are given ridiculous schedules to meet. Management treats engineers like a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your talent. Fire half of the 20+ VPs and hire some good engineers. Figure out a vision and go for it. Saying "This company doesn't have a vision" in an all-hands will not cut it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A place that was unstable. Each year, you never know if you were going to get laid off.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    Some of the manages were great to work with.

    Cons

    Some of the managers didn't care about company policy and looked the other way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you have competent people working for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Conexant Systems, a great experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    Very mature senior managers who do not micro-manage, competitive pay, fast interview cycle for candidates, very nice and competitive relocation package, H-1 Supportive if you are the right level, Interviews are usually recruiter interview, manager interveiw, and group interveiw followed by an offer in 5-10 days max. Encourage and pay well for employee referrals.

    Cons

    Resumes are usually received through on-line application and recruiting tool is cumbersome, better to go through a direct referral always-find one. Cubicle environment is a little quiet and not a ton of visible engineer team interaction,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging team building and a sharing business goals with employees, encourage top engineers to share their networks and encourage passive candidate pipeline building, encourage personal time as a reward and maybe a 1x month group lunch.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Why work here when you can work at Broadcom

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    Engineers are great, hard working, talented individuals.

    Cons

    Management. Expect too much from employees when they have layoffs after layoffs. It will be difficult for management to recruit good people. A lot of people are jumping ship so quality of R&D will diminish.
    28 VP level and higher in a company of 400 people.
    Little room for growth since the company is not growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about how you can sell the company and focus on keeping your talented employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The company has good engineering talent and it's product execution has improved. The executive management is clueless.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Applications Engineer  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Product Applications Engineer in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Conexant Systems

    Pros

    Good experience. Sharp engineering execution and exposure to technology that will be usefull in career growth. Newport Beach is a very good area to live.

    Cons

    Top management is milking the company and there are too many Senior VP's and for a company of this size. Most of them are clueless. The Co-presesident of sales and marketing is clueless about the product. Product roadmap sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do you need two-copresidents, Senior VP of HR, Senior VP of Sales, Senior VP of Marketing, Senior VP of Legal, Senior VP of Communications, CFO when CEO is a finance person, Chief Accounting Officer, VP of Legal, several VP of sales in a 600 person (small) company ? Get rid of the non performers (Co-president of Sales, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Senior VP of HR and his big team of directors, Senior VP of Legal, CFO, VP of Communications) which will save a lot of money.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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