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A great Company who loves to fire Great Engineers

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at LSI full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Compensation is competitive and benefits are very good.
Some top notch Engineers who take great pride in what they do along with some very talented first tier Mangers.

Cons

My only issue with LSI is the continual layoffs (and fear of layoff's) and what appears to be moron's at the upper levels making the decisions. A good example I survived the last layoff (again) BUT they let groups go that were extremely talented. Now LSI is hiring in India and in the US contractors at double the price to try and get the work done because there is too much to do.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop Laying off people when there is work to do!

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Where's the growth?

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at LSI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of money spent on equipment, lunches etc.

    Cons

    Not much in terms of career opportunities, 1-2x/year layoffs, stagnant stock price, questionable business model that results in quarterly "special charges" and minimal bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    lay-offs, lay-offs, lay-offs ....

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    Current Employee - CMTS
    Current Employee - CMTS

    I have been working at LSI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    LSI has a company-wide ping pong tournament every Spring

    Cons

    Periodic mass layoff of U.S. or Europe-based engineers, many of them very senior, on a yearly or bi-annual basis. This has been ongoing since LSI purchased Agere Systems in 2006. The layoffs are by group or project, not by individual performance. So even if you're a rock star, you can get laid off if you are working on the wrong project. The mid-level managers cannot stop the layoffs even though the layoffs are counterproductive and impacting productivity, they have been reduced to yes men (and women). The world-wide development teams compete for the best projects to avoid layoffs. So there's a lot of politics. The senior management is cold and doesn't interact with the engineers, except through corporate-wide PR centered around photo contests and ping pong tournament. U.S. based entry-level engineers should avoid this company. Some of the work can be interesting, but the spark of innovation is mostly in the willful creativity of senior management to "engineer" a mass transfer of engineering resources to India and China, which has a lower labor cost than the U.S, at the same time trying to keep the remaining U.S. based engineers from leaving en-masse (aka a brain drain). I don't know how much longer they can keep this up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending out holiday greetings right after a layoff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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