Cortina Systems

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Cortina Systems Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
17 Reviews
3.1
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    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)

    Pros

    will get challenging work
    flexible timings

    Cons

    very aggressive deadline
    unpredictable cut in manpower

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think through for product requirement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    stop taking bonus if company is not doing well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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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

    Pros

    Great people, flexible work schdule, cross functional projects

    Cons

    Top Heavy, slow growth, no advancement opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    overall disappointing

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

    I worked at Cortina Systems

    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 ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    MTS

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cortina Systems

    Pros

    Reasonably good work.. no idle period

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets too hectic without any break between two projects. It is nice to have work all the time, but tough if the schedules are hectic right from the word go!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least when the projects are in their initial phases, let people breathe :-)

  11.  

    fun place to work, but business future is falling

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    some dedicated / excellent analog design team
    hands-on and knowledgeable engineers (both hardware and software)

    Cons

    weak marketing team that could not define product
    weird management decision that misleads the whole team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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