LSI Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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LSI President and CEO of Avago Technologies Hock E. Tan
Hock E. Tan
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  1. One of the finest companies I've had a chance to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in San Jose, CA

    I worked at LSI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, leadership investing in technology and not afraid to stand back and let employees do the work. People oriented company with great benefits, competitive pay, and an understanding for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, LSI was purchased back in May of 2014, and the new management has made some changes...

  2. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Mixed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Milpitas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the right team, they make me feel like i have a second family. Colleagues worked hard and knew when to play. Have work and life balance when i seek for it.

    Cons

    Company is too focus in cost cutting and not revenue generating activities. Too many layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on revenue generating activities and take bigger risks.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    A Once Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Until the recent purchase by Avago, LSI was a fantastic company to work for. They treated employees well, and had great benefits and wellness programs, as well as a wonderful recognition program.

    Salaries were competitive, and the work environment was positive, especially as they started to come out of a difficult recession.

    Cons

    As the acquisition with Avago neared completion, it was clear the company would no longer be an employee friendly company. One of the first key benefits taken away was the opportunity to work remotely. LSI would allow employees the opportunity to work from home 1 or 2 days a week, to help improve the life balance for those that tend to work very long hours and often 7-8 days a week.

    Since the acquisition, Avago has broken the company into pieces, and sold off large product lines, therefore leaving even more employees out of work, all in the pursuit of profit for shareholders. I feel really bad for those left behind at the minimal existence of a company

    Advice to Management

    Hock Tan needs to stop micro managing employees, and consider the well being of his people.

  6. LSI IT - Great People. Great Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Milpitas, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, people, people. At LSI, the people make the difference, especially in IT. From the CIO down, the IT staff were very knowledgeable and very easy to work with. And we were always provided with the latest and greatest technology, whenever it was needed to perform our functions.

    Cons

    There were many times when vacation balances stopped accruing because there was rarely a good time to take time off. When that happened, it felt like you were losing money...

    Advice to Management

    When times are profitable, consider increasing IT staffing to adequate levels...

  7. Helpful (1)

    Definition of "Avago" -- To destroy a rival company and its heritage through merger

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    Former Employee - Principal IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Before Avago: LSI was a respected place to work with a good work/life balance. Management respected engineering input and lengthened schedules if warranted. IC design today has become a 24/7 endeavor, which the management recognized by allowing engineers to work from home several days a week. Being professionals, this worked to both the employee and corporate advantage, in the connected world of today.

    After Avago: I may still have a job, IF: I'm paid below the median, youthful, and don't ruffle any feathers...... Oops, strike three ......

    Cons

    Before Avago: LSI was a primarily a product focused company with little emphasis on innovation and research, unlike part of its AT&T Bell Labs heritage.
    Periodic layoffs and hiring to match headcount to budgets with little regard to maintaining world-class talent.

    After Avago: Being unable to escape.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the non-management staff with the respect they deserve, as they pay your exorbitant salaries.

    Star Ratings below are for an LSI employee who's been merged into Avago. The only reason the business outlook six months out is favorable, is the CEO will cut his way to rising stock prices. Down the road, watch out for the cliff!

  8. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    LSI provides many opportunities, and tools for employees to improve on their career.
    People are very friendly and nice. Benefits are excelletn

    Cons

    Company future direction is not solid

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes there are too much politics

  9. good company but going down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at LSI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Higher management are not doing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Select directors carefully.

  10. Senior Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at LSI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work and good work life balance.

    Cons

    No Career advancement. No proper career advancement training.

    Advice to Management

    Provide career advancement training to employees

  11. great place to learn

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely competent Engineers. Good place for a NCG. Very good health benefits and compensation. Excellent RSU plan. great location in San Jose. Good cafeteria and Gym. Lots of company perks.

    Cons

    Acquired by Avago. Culture is bound to change.

    Advice to Management

    none

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