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LSI Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
465 Reviews
3.4
465 Reviews
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LSI President and CEO of Avago Technologies Hock E. Tan
Hock E. Tan
38 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.  

    Was a great company ...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LSI as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a great company that expected and supported innovation in information management.

    Cons

    Company is eliminating former LSI IT due to economy of scope duplication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    32% approval rating for the CEO, there's you sign

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Management in San Jose, CA

    I worked at LSI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    LSI was well known for being a result oriented work environment. They trusted their employees to get the job done, and meet their deadlines, all while treating them respectfully. They had a flex work environment which balanced the chaos of being a global company with global demands.

    Cons

    Benefits have been stripped away. Make sure you ask about them during your interview. Absolutely no telecommuting. The CEO personally sent out a company wide email on the topic. They check who is badging in everyday. Don't be polite or hold the entrance door open for anyone, because then you won't get credit for showing up for work. They do not trust you to work remote. This part is nice,because you won't need to take early morning calls, or late night emails, because it's actually against their policy to do so. You won't be calling China from your home phone, and you won't have a mobile phone to do it either, unless you are on 'the list' to have a company mobile phone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop this behavior. You are losing your top talent in a market where everyone is in high demand. The truth is being communicated externally, and creating a reputation for your leadership team which will be extremely difficult to reverse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    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 a 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
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for until the recent acquisition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Sinking ship after aquisition

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    • 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
  9.  

    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.

  10. 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
  11.  

    Paycheck at best

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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