Magma Design Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
Updated May 22, 2014
43 Reviews

3.1
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Magma Design Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan
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  1.  

    Great People and Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Magma Design full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quick customer response and great sensitivity to client's needs

    Cons

    Short on resources and constantly fighting internal constraints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the sales force

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bought out by a great company!!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    Cutting Edge work! Less Process oriented!

    Cons

    Unsustainable Management process / Managers do not have your best interests! Great to be acquired!!

  3.  

    Startup with great potential ruined by inept management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Magma Design full-time

    Pros

    Great products in the early days. High morale.

    Cons

    Mediocre management and lawsuit missteps costly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    smart people to work with

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    Former Employee - Software Architect  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Magma Design full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    surrounded by smart people, solving classic hard CS problems, most of them NP-complete, so smart heuristics are invented to solve them. a lot of non-trivial ( i.e. not just a button somewhere ) inventions are made by the company.

    Cons

    very small market that are squeezed by both sides: foundry and semiconductor companies, hence very little growth in terms of business, and translated to little personal growth, even worse is that many Ph.Ds stayed there for long long years, so you need to wait them out to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be brave, try to take the pie from the semiconductor companies, even though they are your customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    energetic but not very organize

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    relative small, people are close and work as a team
    issue, information, communication can easier be heard and considered by the managerment

    Cons

    sales people are compliant to the customers, would accept all the requests
    issues sometime not be prioritized very well, work like fire fighters to the critical issue or to the major accounts

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting as you want it to be. Hard work and competitive.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Magma Design

    Pros

    High salary
    Interesting as you want it to be. Hard work and competitive.
    Remote access and working from home was permitted

    Cons

    Interesting as you want it to be. Hard work and competitive.
    Management was terrible. Leaders are short term focused and company strategy wasnt well thought out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was terrible. Leaders are short term focused and company strategy wasnt well thought out. Management was too technical and didn't have much of a business understanding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    fast grow for young people

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    have chance to work on different accounts, talk to different people everyday

    Cons

    it's fluctuating with the whole market, a lot of re-orgs.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very good place to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    if you are technically good, you will thrive.

    Cons

    high work pressure as the company is always pushing the technology envelope with fewer resources then its competitors

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Constant change regardless of results

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    Current Employee - Application Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Application Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Magma Design

    Pros

    Acts like a startup, innovative

    Cons

    Is not a startup, growth limited by opportunistic and short sighted mgmt behavior.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    with immature and inexperienced folks at top level across R&D/AE, be prepared for no career growth ...

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    Former Employee - Staff Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Magma Design

    Pros

    It has very good technology and probably is the only EDA company where you will have opp to learn entire flow from RTL-GDSII and become an expert. Lot of oppurtunities to learn and excel at new technologies

    Cons

    Worst work-life balance with avg pay. Mgmt forgets that you have life and 70hrs workweek is very common ...with immature mgmt and inexperienced folks sitting at top levels , decision making is very skewed and talented employees are rewarded very well. Very artificial praises is the best you can get from mgmt ..with top brass so political and often trying to save their jobs, your credit is taken as theirs...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    with just 600 ppl, please try to encourage non-political free culture and reward your employees well especially support staff...they substitute your tools instability and features...promote only ppl who have experience and maturity ... also if a product is not catching up, please change the R&D architects and you need fresh eyes...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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