Exar Reviews in Fremont, CA

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
21 Reviews
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    applications engineer

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Exar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    lots of activities for employee.

    Cons

    bad management and hard to communicate with the upper managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great stock options

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Never a Bride

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Exar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Convenient east bay location and ample parking.

    Cons

    As a former 15-year employee, Exar has been circling the drain for at least two years.VP-level staff over compensated; all are awaiting acquisition. Current CEO (scorched earth management style) started at $500k in 2012, now another $100k in 2014. Annual revenues the same; stock price essentially the same. What are shareholders getting?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take company private, sell off acquisitions and technologies, retire management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Goes no where fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Some interesting products, that can be competitive
    Some good dedicated people
    New products are starting to come out that should help in the future. Many trying to improve some of these aspects but little support from management.

    Cons

    Very few Sales people left.
    No Marketing people left
    No Brand in the Market
    4 unpaid days off every qtr.
    Lots of new people from acquisitions, some culture clashes going on.
    Many good employees are still being laid off or leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell quickly, business is being starved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Focused Stable Industry Leader

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Exar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Have a great team to work with. Flexible work at home policy. All of the team I work with impress me with their professionalism and general product and customer knowledge. Have had numerous opportunities to lean new skills in my profession.

    Cons

    Have found that annual reviews have been sporadic and sometimes did not occur in certain years. Would like to get documented feedback on how I am doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vacation policy requiring taking time off in specific quarters is a bit annoying. Some like to accumulate and take longer duration vacations. The typical 2 week vacation at initial hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hard work, unfortunately not always appreciated

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    Former Employee - Sfaff Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sfaff Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Exar full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Depends on who your manager is - Your work life can range from good to miserable

    Cons

    For several years, ended up working almost every other weekend

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Exar is nice, but not a place to grow.

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Exar

    Pros

    Exar has a nice soccer field and tennis court on site. Located conveniently at the center of the east bay.

    Cons

    Marketing is not doing well in defining the product directions and specifications on existing products. With the lack of organization, marketing people seem out of place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exar has been transformed ever since the new CEO is in place, whether or not if this is lead to a positive change, the current CEO has done a tremendous achievement in terms of the stock price.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Exar

    Pros

    Financially secure company with a long history ( 40 years). A lot of employees have been with the company 10+ or 20+ years. A good work environment, friendly people, expectations are reasonable and coworkers are helpful. Compensation and benefits are both reasonable-- not outstanding, but fair. By Silicon Valley standards, a stable company where you know what you're going to get.

    Cons

    Exar struck me as overly resistant to change, which isn't a big surprise given how long it has been around. I also felt that Exar lacked an identity in a way that no other place I've worked has. What makes Exar Exar? I guess the fact that it's been around for 40 years-- every other place I've worked has something more tangible: advantages in customer service, engineering or pricing, etc. But for Exar I could never put my finger on it-- except to say that it's been around 40 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what Exar does well and stick with it.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Exar is not bad

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Exar

    Pros

    In general, Exar has competent employees who are nice people. There are lots of people with 10 or more years at the company who manage to keep the company going.

    Cons

    Exar has a broad focus for such a relatively small company (about 500 employees). It is easy for the smaller projects to get lost among the handful of larger projects.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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