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Updated Jun 19, 2014

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2.5 19 reviews

14% Approve of the CEO

Exar Director, President & CEO Louis DiNardo

Louis DiNardo

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19% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Focused Stable Industry Leader

    Engineer (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsHave 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.

    ConsHave 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 Senior ManagementVacation 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Never a Bride

    Director (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsConvenient east bay location and ample parking.

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementTake company private, sell off acquisitions and technologies, retire management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Below Average Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey have a gym, cafeteria and good location.

    ConsLots of yelling, cursing and finger pointing with Executives. Came from a previous acquisition and was a big clash in culture. This company is very old school, yet they don't really take care of their employees. Old and outdated building.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more management classes. Teach your employees to appreciate the company so they don't leave and bring in more qualified workers that they can recommend.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Buy the stock, but don't join this company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey are located in Fremont which is convenient if you live in the East Bay.
    Most of the regular "working class" people who are still around are decent and friendly.
    Comp and benefits are usually decent for new hires (but don't expect any raises unless you're an exec).

    ConsExec management is very top heavy, something like one VP to every 10 employees, and all are heavily compensated. Quite a bit of internal arm wrestling among the exec staff, most are insecure and have to insult others to puff up their own egos.

    Management is clearly only in it for the money/stock, very little concern about the employees ("they're replaceable"). There is absolutely zero interest in training or developing employees. No yearly reviews, no constructive criticism (plenty of regular criticism though, depending on your manager). Four days mandatory unpaid time off each quarter, dates chosen by management.

    The product portfolio is generally outdated with very little investment in new technology. Expect more acquisitions because they certainly aren't growing from within. Implementing any project or procedure takes a nightmare amount of ridiculous paperwork. Management doesn't know how to develop new products, only cut headcount.

    Did I mention very poor management?

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company and cash out, you bastards. This used to be a good place to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    There's not enough gas left in the tank

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are still some truly outstanding people hanging in there trying to make it happen that bring that joy to the job daily. There's enough money left in the bank to make the wide product offering coalesce into a valuable company if spent properly. Most management is flexible with work hours and even allow some work from home. Location is good.

    ConsA lot of the rest of the outstanding people are leaving for other jobs rapidly or already have. Morale is hurting. The string of recent acquisitions have no common focus and are spreading thin resources around even more. There is no obvious reinvestment in the staff. Depending on your direct management there is quite a bit of politics and abuse. It's just very obvious we're buying revenue with the acquisitions instead of trying to build something. The senior staff are overstaffed and all in place to benefit when/if their is an end-game so career growth is stymied for most everyone else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease your communication to your employees on a daily basis. Reinvest in them with higher salaries, significant (not token) stock grants and RSUs to retain them, and more heads to get the work done. Not more VPs please. If you ignore your team, then your team will leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Goes no where fast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsSome 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementSell quickly, business is being starved.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    poor management

    Facilities Engineering (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA

    Prosconvenient location, great team of people, supportive staff, good facilities and tools support, clean and quiet office, ample parking spaces

    Consbad management, senior managers did not understand what were the issues, making decisions in the office, not knowing what is outside

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to employees, those actually work hard

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you aren't in the inner circle you are out of a job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA fortune to be made for those in the circle

    ConsThe beatings will continue until the company is sold

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnjoy your money

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good luck with the changes

    (Former Employee)

    ProsCompany has tried to get into new area but not very successfully. One of the companies cebatech was looking for just about anyone who'd buy it as it was on life support for the last 5 years. exar has been relatively free of issues but cebatech has had a history of questionable business practices. Some of the character issues of jampalar are already exposed despite a lot of work in hiding of footprints. Management of exar should have been more diligent to let a pos as ramanaj into the company. This is true especially as cebatech was worthless before the buy. Good luck to the exar.

    Conssome new business development people. more diligence needed in adding new staff and software. Need for good business practices

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard work, unfortunately not always appreciated

    Sfaff Engineer (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

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

    ConsFor several years, ended up working almost every other weekend

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