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Discrimination and Oppression

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Marvell Technology

Pros

The cafeteria serves great quality food that rivals food at Google

Cons

80% of the employees here came from China, therefore, they manage the groups the China way. The employees are expected to be unconditionally obedient and take all the blame for their managers' mistakes and screw-ups. They also only ask the Asian engineers to come in on the weekends or during Christmas break.

Micromanagement is pervasive. One of my colleagues went down to the cafe to get an ice tea in the afternoon and just happened to leave his phone in his cube. After he came back from the 10-minute trip, he saw an e-mail from the manager saying "you need to let your manager know if you are going to be away from work."

Individuals are expected to dedicate themselves wholly and solely to work. Having girlfriends is strongly discouraged. Managers usually celebrate when their employees break up in a relationship.

The managers also do not care about the employees' career growth at all. "Lateral" promotion is the norm, where engineers rotate through various functions at the same level. Typically the rotation takes 10~12 years, which means an engineer would be stuck at the very bottom for 10 years before any chance to advance. However, after 10 years of pure technical engineering experience, the advancement into management usually results in disasters as the senior engineers have no management aptitude nor training.

Managers also habitually insult their employees. One director publicly announced that he can only afford to hire 'cheap' engineers in front of the 'cheap' engineers who work for him.

Employees' educational backgrounds are another popular insults. There are basically two groups of people, those who went to the school at the north east part of the SF bay, and the rest. Employees who went to even Cal Tech and Stanford were insulted because of "grade inflation."

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They need to realize that good engineers cannot turn into good managers overnight. They have strict screening procedures when hiring new engineers to make sure they have the background. Why shouldn't it be the same for managers?

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  1. 10 people found this helpful

    Oppressive Environment

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    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Marvell Technology

    Pros

    - Food was good, but quality declined after it became no longer free
    - Good medical insurance coverage compared to similar plans from other companies
    - Great stock performance for the past two years. That was the reason compensation was on par with the basic salaries you can get else where (I'm not so sure this is a plus...)

    Cons

    - Tonnes of work for drones, but nothing to learn.
    - The rest of the industry has moved on to newer tools and standards, Marvell hasn't
    - Uncompetitive compensation
    - No career advancement opportunities
    - Lower management will promote whoever they like best personally. If you are not from the same country as your manager, don't expect any career opportunities.
    - Micro-management practiced and encouraged
    - Management will "suggest" re-arrangements to your personal life at home so you can stay in the office and work overtime as much as possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have formally written out career paths for your employees
    - Give reasonably updated resources to your employees to do their everyday work
    - Not everything down to a new keyboard requires VP approval. VPs should have better things to do. If they don't, then you don't really need them.
    - Not every new hire requires CEO approval, especially junior and senior level engineers. A CEO should have better things to do. If you don't, well ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Secretive/exclusive/messy management

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    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Marvell Technology

    Pros

    Good cafeteria. Nice campus. Nice gym.

    Cons

    no diversity, no respect for hard work, evaluation is quite subjective, no clear career path. No free flow of information. No scalable management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share information. Treat employees as part of a big family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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