MaxLinear

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Good place to learn, but not so good to stay for the long term (>3 years)

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Former Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
Former Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

I worked at MaxLinear

Pros

- A unique mix-signal company that does everything from analog input to transport stream output.
- Optimization are done system-wide to achieve high efficiency which is important for the consumer market.
- Learning curve is steep but satisfying once you got it.
- Good starting place for young people with no family (yet).

Cons

- High pressure environment where individuals are pushed to the max.
- Management (at least some) has little respect for engineers.
- Micro-management and bad design decisions cause both schedule slip and emotional stress.
- Flawed/unachievable plans were made purely based on schedule requirements.
- Becoming an IP integration house where low power and cost are the only weapons.
- Very hard to balance family live and work.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Have reasonable expectations, set achievable goals, don't take shortcuts
- Accountability != finger pointing
- Firm != yelling/shouting
- Boost moral from successful products and proper rewards
- R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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  1.  

    Strong engineering community, strong leadership, great opportunity to grow professionally

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at MaxLinear

    Pros

    MxL is not afraid to take big risks -- in technical decisions and in people. I've gotten the opportunity to do things here I was not able to get elsewhere. Smart decision-making, technical mentorship, and humility are valued as much as technical virtuousity. Barriers between teams -- analog IC, digital IC, systems -- are low. Opportunities to learn are plentiful for those who seek them out. As a new grad, you will quickly get the opportunity to work on circuits that will end up in successful products.

    Cons

    This is not the easiest gig in town. Like being part of any team with high performance and high standards, you'll be surrounded with people who want to succeed and make great products. It is not always easy. However, as the company has grown, there is much more modulation -- downtime after tapeouts, "normal time" between projects, opportunities for technology development. Even during the difficult times, I've gotten support from my managers and peers to take care of personal needs and family issues when they come up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building and training stronger middle management to support the designers in the trenches. This will help new grads develop and cope with the fast pace and aggressive goals.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intense

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

    I have been working at MaxLinear

    Pros

    Desire to win
    Confidence to execute

    Cons

    Work life balance, compensation, benefits

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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