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Exar Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
21 Reviews
2.6
21 Reviews
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Exar Director, President & CEO Louis DiNardo
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  1.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are nice here and I have good time to work with them.

    Cons

    Projects could be cut after spending so much time on it.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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 (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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Working to become relevant in Analog

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with

    Cons

    Layoffs from time to time as company works to improve market share

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    just so so

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exar full-time

    Pros

    relaxed, not very busy, balanced, elastic work time,

    Cons

    no new product, short IT resource, need better internal management flow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    Great people, adequate benefits,campus was exceptional for small company; management challenged.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People were strongest attraction to company. Many, like me, were there for over 10 years. Under staffed marketing departments yielded great opportunities for hands on experiences, yet highlighted the continuing over investment in engineering resources.

    Cons

    While achieving 40 years as a company in the valley is rare, it also highlights Exar's stagnation. Very successful core businesses like interface and communications perpetuated a rudderless ship. Over investment in non-growing businesses or acquisitions and under investment in core competencies kept Exar artificially small as compared to peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management (2012) is focused solely on preparing for acquisition. Massive layoffs help stock and profitability, but longer term the Company does not have a strong product or technology road
    map. Current management is only focused on short-term and their enrichment,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    A jumbled company

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    Former Employee - Director Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Director Sales in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Exar

    Pros

    Great people, many industry veterans with a wealth of knowledge and experience

    Cons

    Management was chasing high-end data com and storage customers but not resourced to support them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management as of Q1 is refocusing company on power ICs...good idea

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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