Cortina Systems Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. Best startup to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Cortina Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, Executive staff is down to earth, know you by first name basic.
    Nice family atmosphere.

    Cons

    I can't think any bad thing to say about this company.

  2. Company got acquired

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cortina Systems

    Pros

    The teammates are highly experienced
    Work was interesting

    Cons

    Relatively small company.
    Got acquired, no job safety

  3. Hopeless startup

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Cortina Systems (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    technical strength in analog high speed serial link design

    Cons

    -If the company is sold below ~300M, preferred stock holders get all the money, i.e. common stock holders get nothing. They won't warn you this when you joined.
    -cubicle has very low wall without privacy. Executives has luxury offices.
    -20% people generates 80% revenue

    Advice to Management

    stop taking bonus if company is not doing well

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  5. Good People!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cortina Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people, flexible work schdule, cross functional projects

    Cons

    Top Heavy, slow growth, no advancement opportunities

  6. Helpful (1)

    Starts off okay but then familiarity breeds contempt

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cortina Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Learn new things
    - Pay is reasonable

    Cons

    - Upper Management is unprofessional and cowtows to the CEO
    - 20% of the company brings in 80% of the revenue (e.g. most of the company doesn't pull its weight)
    - Money Losing business units (PON and Digital Home) have wasted about $200M in investment, most of which was profit from Transport products
    - Most major decisions must go to CEO and his whims of the day

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to Broadcom or someone else with skilled board of directors and upper management

  7. Company is more than 10 years old and bad deal for investors, employee stock. High compensation for Senior Mgmt.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cortina Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people, technology, and analog team in Canada.

    Cons

    Very poor marketing team, defines many projects which get canned and don't sell. Weak Board for sticking with non-performing management for too long.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it is good to take a blame at the top rather than passing down to bottom.

  8. PMTS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PMTS in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - PMTS in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cortina Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    will get challenging work
    flexible timings

    Cons

    very aggressive deadline
    unpredictable cut in manpower

    Advice to Management

    think through for product requirement

  9. Challenging playground, less bs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Smts in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Smts in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cortina Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure across the board, new technologies/toys to play with all the time, some of the best engineers in the industry to learn from and work with.

    Cons

    Chances of burning out too often. Lack of coherent and consistent planning/mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    Cleaning up at the bottom doesn't fix issues at the top.

  10. Helpful (1)

    overall disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Cortina Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    there are many projects got cancelled so u may end up doing nothing and get paid

    Cons

    lack of vision and messy management if there is any

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work

  11. This is a poorly managed, but the freedom of action of the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Smts Systems Quality Assurance in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Smts Systems Quality Assurance in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Cortina Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    freedom of work, good salary in the industry

    Cons

    mismanagement, slow, software team is unmanagement

    Advice to Management

    should to be more effective, objective should to be more clear

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