LSI Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
433 Reviews
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LSI President and CEO of Avago Technologies Hock E. Tan
Hock E. Tan
25 Ratings

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Pros
  • Work life balance is really very good and good compensation (in 70 reviews)

  • Very good work culture, promoting work-life balance (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is talked about, but never really something that existed (in 16 reviews)

  • The company stock price is not attractive (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    A Once Great Company

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at LSI full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Lead  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at LSI full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on revenue generating activities and take bigger risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    LSI IT - Great People. Great Environment

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    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at LSI full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes there are too much politics

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    good company but going down

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    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice people. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Higher management are not doing their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Select directors carefully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice place to work and good work life balance.

    Cons

    No Career advancement. No proper career advancement training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide career advancement training to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great place to learn

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    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at LSI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of excellent technical engineers. Well compensated.

    Cons

    Salary is above average but bonus level is lower. Overall compensation is competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great intern experience!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at LSI as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -great team, great people
    -array of food in cafeteria
    -fitness center
    -very well-organized internship program

    I had an amazing manager so my personal experience was just excellent. Learned a ton and established some connections that will help me throughout my career.

    Cons

    NONE!! Never had issues with taking time off, balancing work/life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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