Exar Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. Staff Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Staff Analog Design Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Analog Design Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Power Management IC design job is cool

    Cons

    Fixed on Existing IP, few new designs


  2. eval exar

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Exar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good products, but need more experienced people

    Cons

    Unfriendly environment. No recognition of good work

    Advice to Management

    Get sobe


  3. Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some good and dedicated people. Benefits were good. Good technology in some areas.

    Cons

    Too small to be relevant. Too many changes in direction. No investment in infrastructure to support markets they want to play in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on strengths and dominate then sell the company.


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  5. Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Exar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, not bad salary, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Cannot think any cons so far.


  6. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    has an improving product line

    Cons

    too small to compete effectively against big SC companies


  7. Very Troubled Company

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Exar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not much to report on pros. They have a sports field where you can play soccer. The benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    The current management does not have any intention to create a stable or viable company. I am certain they would sell to whomever would buy the company. The expectation of existing employees is over the top.

    Advice to Management

    Give up trying to just make the company look good and try to build a real company that has vision.


  8. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  9. So far so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  10. applications engineer

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    great stock options


  11. Never a Bride

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    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exar full-time (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 Management

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



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