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Work environment going downhill fast

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Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Entropic Communications full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Free soda if you call that a pro to working someplace.
I have worked at Entropic in San Diego for years It used to have many pros, but lately it's hard to find very many. With the purchase of the Trident SOC business, the work environment is on a rapid downhill trajectory to make Entropic like any other crappy semiconductor company. Any competent engineer could find a much better place to work.

Cons

Fired about 5% of the people on November 28, 2012 even though the company is financially strong and has openings that the CEO euphemistically called "...resource reallocations throughout the Company". It seems like the goal is to put fear into the remaining employees that they could be fired at anytime if they don't play the political game correctly. The end result will be everybody looking out for themselves and making sure somebody looks worse than them when the next firing comes. The management seems to be rapidly changing to the old school fear based model of management. Meanness seems to be the latest fad in the Entropic executive suite.
Other cons:
Office space is cramped and noisy making it hard to get work done.
Complete lack of transparency and honesty in management and decision making.
SOC business purchased from Trident is in much worse shape that management is telling investors with serious quality problems in the product line.
You won't find any enlightened management practices here.
Don't expect to get training in a new position if your position is no longer needed. Expect to get fired instead.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more honest with employees. Take their input more seriously and conduct a meaningful survey of employees attitudes about working at Entropic.
Read some books on building an enlightened and civilized place to to work.
Provide quiet offices for employees so they can be productive and get their work done.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Entropic Communications

  1.  

    Great!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Entropic Communications

    Pros

    People are nice ,a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Very good,I love it, People are nice!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place, people are really nice Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Run, don't walk, away from this company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Entropic Communications

    Pros

    I worked here when it was called "Trident Microsystems" in Austin, but they've since been bought by Entropic. Interesting work to be done. SoC design and implementation was fascinating, and I liked my colleagues and co-workers. A lot of "industry leading" technology was available to work with.

    Cons

    The work atmosphere was terrible. I knew of people who were working until 4am, collapsing, and then coming back to work the next morning at 8am, for months at a time. Unrealistic schedule and goals. When I quit, we were losing 4-6 engineers a month with no backfills. The workload crept higher and higher daily. The management, sales, and marketing were making promises and demands that engineering could not keep up with. The Austin team has changed hands many times (Brooktree, Conexant, Phillips, NXP, Trident, etc) and there's no consistency. Overall, a toxic place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've inherited an overworked, underappreciated workforce and some cool technology. Invest, and maybe you have a chance to hold onto some of that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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