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Marvell Technology Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
399 Reviews
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Marvell Technology President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Marvell Semiconductor Sehat Sutardja
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 4, good work-life balance, great colleague, a lot of smart people to work with (in 14 reviews)

  • I was able to learn a lot in my time there as well as work on my own personal coding skills (in 11 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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    insults the intelligence

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    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Decently nice corporate campus. Good workout facilities. Cafeteria offers variety of subsidized food. Pockets of smart, hardworking engineers. Still get paid.

    Cons

    Many incompetent engineers in some critical positions. Sometimes very inefficient and chaotic processes makes many tasks much more difficult and frustrating that necessary. Anonymous upper level management who are rarely seen and who often dictate arbitrary policies that can change often. Lots of politics and sometimes questionable ethical behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is all about the emperor and empress. The rest of us in the trenches really do not matter. Many smart people have left; we stupid ones are milking it for what it is worth until we, too, can leave. Even the co-founder and CTO left this year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't join this company if you're a product/marketing manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Marvell Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice food provided and smart hard working engineers around you.

    Cons

    Top management has no ideas what they're doing but they decided every single direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The top management there might be the worst in the chip industry - they should have been replaced by professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crazy and stupid top management

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    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Marvell Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice and cheap breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

    Cons

    Poor job security. Top management has no idea what they're doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless for storage, this is a terrible company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad company, but stable job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice cafetaria and gym. And if you work in established group (not in speculative group working on product with no customers), then it's a very safe house. You will find worst engineer in your life in this group but somehow always survive and keeps working at Marvell for many years.

    Cons

    No transparency from management. In a recent case, the bonus was small because management said that company's target was not met. However, the management also said that they don't know what the target was. And promotion seems to be random. Some average-performing people got promoted, and some good-performing people just don't get promoted.
      In conclusion, only work here as your last choice or you're lazy to move to other company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company's management is so bad that any advice to management is of no use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior Management is CLUELESS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Marvell Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Food is cheap, some people are nice.

    Cons

    I've been told "It's not your place" when discussing potential positive changes to processes by direct manager.
    Direct manager has zero training, expect to be offended regularly.
    People get fired for other people's mistakes.
    Sales team has zero accountability so everyone else has to do their work.
    Work 3 jobs, they pay the price of one.
    Watched Weili throw her jacket at a support staffer, expecting them to hang it up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop with the blatant nepotism. And learn what a real business model looks like, no one could understand the concentric circle displayed at the last meeting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alice in Lalaland

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Marvell Technology full-time

    Pros

    If you are in the right team, you can seek solace in working with good people.
    Decent cafeteria
    Decent campus
    Some groups working on awesome cutting edge stuff.

    Cons

    Managers have no power. Everything comes from the top.
    CEO has his favorites.
    Lateral movement is not encouraged/allowed
    Ultimate penny pinchers
    WIll make you work like hell and pay peanuts. No raises either. Sweatshop mentality.
    The stock sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let pros manage the company. Even after a buy back the stock has tanked. It is not because people are not working harder. You are making the wrong decisions. Market share does not equal profitability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity, but ultimately at the benefit only for the founders

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    Current Employee - Director, Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Marketing in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to do a lot of different things
    Opportunity to wear lots of hats
    Lots of hard working people around you

    Cons

    Emotional and irrational decision making
    Lack of planning
    Very reactionary, poor decision making environment
    Senior management does not trust anybody

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good food, cheap cafeteria. Free on-site gym. Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    -Company culture is awful. Everyone keeps to themselves - people weren't necessarily unfriendly, but not friendly, either. There is NO diversity at all (just spend a minute in the cafeteria during lunchtime, and you will understand).
    -There is a lot of fighting/politics between groups and it often felt like we were working for different companies, and not on one team. Extremely frustrating.
    -People are resistant to change/improving necessary process, even though current systems/tools/processes are severely outdated and hamper the company's efficiency.
    -Executive management only cares about themselves (husband-wife team) and how to make themselves richer. Focus is only on engineering instead of running a real business.
    -Company outlook is not great, and they're in the middle of a huge lawsuit with Carnegie Mellon. Raises/bonuses have been a pittance because company has not been doing well.
    -No career growth at all.
    -Because management is so paranoid of headhunters, there is no published org chart, which makes cross functional roles very difficult because you don't know who works for what. It's not like not having an org chart will keep people at the company - people are leaving in flocks anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really care about the company, you'd bring someone in from the outside to help run it instead of only caring about your own wealth and your family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't go work here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Some great people work here. Unfortunately they are stifled by a negative culture and poor management.

    Cons

    People are treated poorly by management. The ego of management gets in the way of progress and growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company needs new senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Previous Sr Staff Engineer in Santa Clara's central Physical Design team

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Marvell Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At the time (2007-2008) food is free. Gym, covered parking, free lunch on weekends if you are on site.

    Cons

    IN this particular group: un-verified flow is forced to be used, very to no support from management, very incompetent designers produce sub-standard netlist to work with. Unbelivable micro-management from the top; even have the ball to disturb you on Thanksgiving to get things done. Attrition is high (both layoff and voluntary). It's called the "sweat shop" in the industry. Definitely think twice about coming to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect individuals or good people will keep leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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