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LSI Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
454 Reviews
3.5
454 Reviews
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LSI President and CEO of Avago Technologies Hock E. Tan
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36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Before Avago: LSI was a respected place to work with a good work/life balance (in 70 reviews)

  • Lot of opportunities to learn and grow in a good work environment (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is talked about, but never really something that existed (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't trust any staff below them to make a decision (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Well known for brushing aside hostile work environments/harassment in CO

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Maintenance in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Line Maintenance in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at LSI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    can't think of any. This was a horrible work experience. I experienced it first hand and only heard more stories after I left.

    Cons

    Worst 2 years of my life!!! Sued many times for harassment/hostile work environment. Its been years since I worked there and I still hear new stories from previous female employees. Always settle out of court with gag orders to prevent anyone testifying to just what is really going on there. Horrible workplace. Couldn't trust anyone. Production environments were the worst but it carried through to test and engineering. One group of test engineers were running a porn site from the company computers when I worked there. To be fair, they bought this problem from Symbios Logic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the whole management staff and start over. You're spending huge amounts in attorney fees for defense cases that could be profit for your business. Hire people who know how to treat others with respect and dignity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company until merged with A

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LSI

    Pros

    People are nice, package is good, but work is challenge

    Cons

    Right now it's not a tech company an more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for until the recent acquisition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LSI full-time

    Pros

    None after the recent acquisition. All the good values (time off, training, respect for individual, etc) are gone after the recent acquisition.

    Cons

    After recent acquisition; all the good values that this company has is gone. New management has poor leadership style (example, make decision without any regards to the consequence and impact to customer as well as the people below that they are supposed to be leading).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was great until it got bought out by Avago Technologies.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at LSI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good legacy LSI people (other than the ones in management, new upper management is terrible)

    Cons

    - New CEO is a power freak and tries to monitor and control every little thing in the company, himself. Even managers seem to be scared of taking initiatives.
    - The new corporate management is hostile and threatening t.
    - Live and work with the fear of being laid-off any day.
    - No free snacks or coffee anymore, a very rare phenomenon for a tech company.
    - The company (new CEO mostly) now considers itself a Singapore company, not an USA company. Tries to force Singaporean work culture on American employees.
    - Company mindset has now changed to save money to show investors that they are making profits. This translates directly into NO R&D funding. So no real technological growth anymore.
    - In reality company is now very stagnant without any innovations, profitable (on papers) only due to the new aggressive cost-cutting measures.
    - No bonus or perks anymore. Be happy that they pay for health insurance (partially).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convince your boss, the new CEO, to invest some money and confidence into the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sinking ship after aquisition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Used to be technology and work life balance. Neither exists or will exist.

    Cons

    New CEO is a bean counter, who runs the company by micromanaging and intimidation. The entire work force is demoralized and upset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dust off your resumes and find new jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not productive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LSI

    Pros

    Mid sized company, good for starting a career. Lots of smart and talented engineers, can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Not a good sense of the direction of the company, they missed out on a lot of good opportunities and key markets.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    WAS a good company, but after acquisition a BIG NO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LSI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, things were good, till the recent acquisition. Everything is going haywire now and 180 degree shift. Not sure where this company is going to land into. This clearly demonstrates the culture, practises and virtue of the future company- Avago

    Cons

    I hardly see anything positive here now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do take into consideration the strength of the resources before selling the organisation, not just financial gains.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Paycheck at best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA

    I worked at LSI full-time

    Pros

    You get some exposure to interesting work

    Cons

    That exposure is severely limited and short lived.
    Cronyism is way out of control compared to any other company I worked at. Careers are for those currently connected to managers. Management takes all credit for engineers hard work and creativity while blaming engineers for management failures. Everyone seems focused on personal survival while ignoring real progress.
    Compensation is poor for those not connected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the work out of Allentown and to better LSI locations such as San Jose, Colorado, Austin. You will remove the bad management and better centralize the work. Honestly never saw it so bad elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    LSI DI India Experiences from past 3.7 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    LSI as whole is a superb, not appreciated with DI india especially bangalore

    Cons

    Hike and increment given or encouraged to women employees. constantly changing block assigned. not taking nessacry actions on people who are close to managers. always being shadow for girls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give Hike and recongnisation to employees who stay for a long time. Please Dont discreminate employees through gender. Think employess as family. Dont women in bad intentions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    lay-offs, lay-offs, lay-offs ....

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - CMTS
    Current Employee - CMTS

    I have been working at LSI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    LSI has a company-wide ping pong tournament every Spring

    Cons

    Periodic mass layoff of U.S. or Europe-based engineers, many of them very senior, on a yearly or bi-annual basis. This has been ongoing since LSI purchased Agere Systems in 2006. The layoffs are by group or project, not by individual performance. So even if you're a rock star, you can get laid off if you are working on the wrong project. The mid-level managers cannot stop the layoffs even though the layoffs are counterproductive and impacting productivity, they have been reduced to yes men (and women). The world-wide development teams compete for the best projects to avoid layoffs. So there's a lot of politics. The senior management is cold and doesn't interact with the engineers, except through corporate-wide PR centered around photo contests and ping pong tournament. U.S. based entry-level engineers should avoid this company. Some of the work can be interesting, but the spark of innovation is mostly in the willful creativity of senior management to "engineer" a mass transfer of engineering resources to India and China, which has a lower labor cost than the U.S, at the same time trying to keep the remaining U.S. based engineers from leaving en-masse (aka a brain drain). I don't know how much longer they can keep this up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending out holiday greetings right after a layoff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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