Marvell Technology Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Marvell Technology President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Marvell Semiconductor Sehat Sutardja
Sehat Sutardja
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Pros
  • good work/life balance, compensation is good (in 14 reviews)

  • Comfortable working environment; (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Arrogant incompetent upper management with questionable ethics (in 20 reviews)

  • If you care about your job or your sense of professionalism, your work life balance is awful (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Stay Away

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A Technically competent engineering force

    Cons

    24/7 attitude of mgmt once Marvell has provided you w/ a company-paid telephone; meetings REGULARLY scheduled for 6 PM; ethnic mix of organization is significantly (> 60 %) with Chinese. No Equal Opportunity mix here. Collaboration is a scarce commodity and fear of disclosing any short-coming - much less failure - is rampant company culture

    Advice to Management

    Realize that that a PhD in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley does not mean you know everything about business - if that were the case you would need no tax advisors, no one administering Sarbanes-Oxley rules, no logistics specialists, et.c. Second delegate something - third find out what's going on in your company but not by asking your managers or your sychophants.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Marvell needs a radical change in executive management

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    Current Employee - Bean Counter in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Bean Counter in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, it's a job in a terrible economy and not much sexism. Management does try to hire the best engineers possible. Very strong technically

    Cons

    Management expects 16 hour work days seven days a week. Meetings are scheduled saturdays, evenings - there is little or no respect for employees personal time. Upper management's ability to run a large company is dubious at best - lack of professional executive management Too much nepotism It's a constant state of fear because of the crazy way upper management makes decisions. The company's reputation is terrible - I find it embarassing to say i work there.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO and stop the nepotism.


  3. Helpful (10)

    A Mean Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My paycheck was about it.

    Cons

    Marvell needs a new CEO - he AIN'T no Steve Jobs - his so-called technical "genius" has NOT deliver product wins beyond storage. The atmosphere is hostile in almost all functional areas within the company - too much politics, no work life balance, hasty, bad decisions from upper management, no respect for individual employees, no career development or growth prospect, and random firing of employees with bad or no package. It's a MEAN company!! I'd not recommend joining unless you want to ruin your reputation or don't want job security over the long term.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Don't do it

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Paycheck never bounced Some good people to commiserate with Nice Campus close to trails and freeways Location is not bad

    Cons

    expected to work US and Asia time zones every day - yes weekends Mgmt not willing to listen to new ideas or different opinions

    Advice to Management

    Hire some competent managers instead of family and friends Realize there is more to life than working at Marvell Pay for performance


  6. Helpful (5)

    Secretive/exclusive/messy management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good cafeteria. Nice campus. Nice gym.

    Cons

    no diversity, no respect for hard work, evaluation is quite subjective, no clear career path. No free flow of information. No scalable management.

    Advice to Management

    Share information. Treat employees as part of a big family.


  7. Helpful (10)

    Oppressive Environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Food was good, but quality declined after it became no longer free - Good medical insurance coverage compared to similar plans from other companies - Great stock performance for the past two years. That was the reason compensation was on par with the basic salaries you can get else where (I'm not so sure this is a plus...)

    Cons

    - Tonnes of work for drones, but nothing to learn. - The rest of the industry has moved on to newer tools and standards, Marvell hasn't - Uncompetitive compensation - No career advancement opportunities - Lower management will promote whoever they like best personally. If you are not from the same country as your manager, don't expect any career opportunities. - Micro-management practiced and encouraged - Management will "suggest" re-arrangements to your personal life at home so you can stay in the office and work overtime as much as possible

    Advice to Management

    - Have formally written out career paths for your employees - Give reasonably updated resources to your employees to do their everyday work - Not everything down to a new keyboard requires VP approval. VPs should have better things to do. If they don't, then you don't really need them. - Not every new hire requires CEO approval, especially junior and senior level engineers. A CEO should have better things to do. If you don't, well ...


  8. Helpful (11)

    Discrimination and Oppression

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The cafeteria serves great quality food that rivals food at Google

    Cons

    80% of the employees here came from China, therefore, they manage the groups the China way. The employees are expected to be unconditionally obedient and take all the blame for their managers' mistakes and screw-ups. They also only ask the Asian engineers to come in on the weekends or during Christmas break. Micromanagement is pervasive. One of my colleagues went down to the cafe to get an ice tea in the afternoon and just happened to leave his phone in his cube. After he came back from the 10-minute trip, he saw an e-mail from the manager saying "you need to let your manager know if you are going to be away from work." Individuals are expected to dedicate themselves wholly and solely to work. Having girlfriends is strongly discouraged. Managers usually celebrate when their employees break up in a relationship. The managers also do not care about the employees' career growth at all. "Lateral" promotion is the norm, where engineers rotate through various functions at the same level. Typically the rotation takes 10~12 years, which means an engineer would be stuck at the very bottom for 10 years before any chance to advance. However, after 10 years of pure technical engineering experience, the advancement into management usually results in disasters as the senior engineers have no management aptitude nor training. Managers also habitually insult their employees. One director publicly announced that he can only afford to hire 'cheap' engineers in front of the 'cheap' engineers who work for him. Employees' educational backgrounds are another popular insults. There are basically two groups of people, those who went to the school at the north east part of the SF bay, and the rest. Employees who went to even Cal Tech and Stanford were insulted because of "grade inflation."

    Advice to Management

    They need to realize that good engineers cannot turn into good managers overnight. They have strict screening procedures when hiring new engineers to make sure they have the background. Why shouldn't it be the same for managers?


  9. Helpful (5)

    It sucks

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Free Gym 2. cheap food.

    Cons

    1. Salary well below standard 2. No growth 3. Never recognzied for anything u do. 4. Lot of politics and back stabbing. People would just take ur credit even if they do nothing. 5. All in all a place to avoid if possible..

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they deserve


  10. Helpful (3)

    Avoid

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Design Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Design Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of churn in top management gives opportunity to progress Well run storage business with leadership products

    Cons

    Too many senior managers leaving with very unstable environment in non-storage business Run like a private company not a shareholder owned publicly traded company Sycophancy is the most important management creed, competency is rarely rewarded Questionable ethical standards

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent professional managers in growth businesses and learn to delegate to them instead of micromanaging day to day activities


  11. Helpful (3)

    Working as a contractor makes you feel like crap

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Successful company that makes great products. Good salary packages and comparable benefits for employees. Wonderful benefits department and helpful HR people.

    Cons

    As a contractor I understand there is a different dynamic, but this company makes you feel like a total outcast even while working there.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of ICon as your contractor company. There are so many better companies that actually take care of your contractors.



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