MaxLinear Reviews

Updated June 9, 2014
Updated June 9, 2014
35 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worst company ever to work for!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at MaxLinear (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I literally have nothing positive to say about this compnay. It was the worst working experience of my life. I wouldn't recommend my worst enemy apply for a job here.

    Cons

    Horrible company. Terrible benefits. Managers and founders have no idea what they are doing. Very toxic work environment. Lots of incompetent managers. No one is ever held accountable for thier actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I dont think this place is fixable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    No life and no rewards!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at MaxLinear full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    there are some nice peple there

    Cons

    Management treats employees horribly. If you want employees to work long hours (days+nights+weekends, which are expected) you need to appreciate them for the efforts, not threaten them if they don't work more. Executives and senior management threaten and yell at employees all the time. Employees are intimidated to speak up if there is an issue. A collaborative and creative work environment is near impossible there. This behavior by executives shouldn't be tolerated, but HR doesn't do anything to help. They need to fire the President and get a real one who knows how to run a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect. Hire a real President.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Stock seems doing better recently.

    Cons

    Very bad people skills and rudeness of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at MaxLinear

    Pros

    Perfect Startup. Ample opportunity to learn. No beating around bush and negligible politics in work place. Customer driven and to the point. Engineering driven.

    Management encourages risk taking. Making mistakes in the process is OK. If you are serious about work (which you have to if you work there) you have only one way to go.

    Great People in the company. However, it is a unique company in terms of culture.

    Beer party almost every month during work hour. If your cubicle is close to the CEO's office, and stick around until 7PM on a Friday, you might get to drink fine wine every other week. Just bring your glass.

    Cons

    It's a great startup environment, but Maxlinear is really not a startup. It's a 70M+ company. It's great in what it does - i.e. Analog RF, but the company surely needs to improve its strength in software in order to increase its revenue and become a mid-size company. However, there is a tradeoff and I am not sure if the top management is sure about the direction of the company. Do what you do best and take risk in that field? Or spend resource in tech domain that is more lucrative, however without ample experience? Top management seems to be more comfortable in the first option. It's really not a bad thing. But, then the company has public offering.

    In this company lot of people are not comfortable with the culture. Work life balance would score in negative. Thats a cliche if you are a Maxlinear employee. But I hear these days management is really serious about it and encouraging people to leave at 6:30.

    Lot of people also complain that the culture in the company is too loud. Working in this company very soon one would realize that thats also the strength of this company. Nothing is sugarcoated. People here don't really like colleagues who sugarcoat things. As a result, the company is so direct that it's often uncomfortable when manager does 'informal' 1x1 in your cube with other people around. I have seen and heard this many time in this company. That must change.

    Although more words spent on Cons than on Pros, in my mind, in this company the pro vs con is 75% vs. 25%. Just because of the reason you will enjoy your work. If you somehow don't, nobody will be likely to stop you from taking a job profile in the company which you like within roundabout skillset... most of the time something will be available, or made available.. Also I hope the company continues to encourage its employees taking risks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the great work. Keep bringing Belgian beers in the patio parties..

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to learn, but not so good to stay for the long term (>3 years)

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at MaxLinear

    Pros

    - A unique mix-signal company that does everything from analog input to transport stream output.
    - Optimization are done system-wide to achieve high efficiency which is important for the consumer market.
    - Learning curve is steep but satisfying once you got it.
    - Good starting place for young people with no family (yet).

    Cons

    - High pressure environment where individuals are pushed to the max.
    - Management (at least some) has little respect for engineers.
    - Micro-management and bad design decisions cause both schedule slip and emotional stress.
    - Flawed/unachievable plans were made purely based on schedule requirements.
    - Becoming an IP integration house where low power and cost are the only weapons.
    - Very hard to balance family live and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have reasonable expectations, set achievable goals, don't take shortcuts
    - Accountability != finger pointing
    - Firm != yelling/shouting
    - Boost moral from successful products and proper rewards
    - R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Strong engineering community, strong leadership, great opportunity to grow professionally

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at MaxLinear

    Pros

    MxL is not afraid to take big risks -- in technical decisions and in people. I've gotten the opportunity to do things here I was not able to get elsewhere. Smart decision-making, technical mentorship, and humility are valued as much as technical virtuousity. Barriers between teams -- analog IC, digital IC, systems -- are low. Opportunities to learn are plentiful for those who seek them out. As a new grad, you will quickly get the opportunity to work on circuits that will end up in successful products.

    Cons

    This is not the easiest gig in town. Like being part of any team with high performance and high standards, you'll be surrounded with people who want to succeed and make great products. It is not always easy. However, as the company has grown, there is much more modulation -- downtime after tapeouts, "normal time" between projects, opportunities for technology development. Even during the difficult times, I've gotten support from my managers and peers to take care of personal needs and family issues when they come up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building and training stronger middle management to support the designers in the trenches. This will help new grads develop and cope with the fast pace and aggressive goals.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intense

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at MaxLinear

    Pros

    Desire to win
    Confidence to execute

    Cons

    Work life balance, compensation, benefits

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work for workaholics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at MaxLinear

    Pros

    For those who dare challenge here is the place to work.

    Cons

    Pretty sad to see management lack of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start investing in your employees by rendering them assets, instead of liabilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at MaxLinear

    Pros

    Good place to learn a lot in short period of time. Team is very good technically and a bunch of smart people.

    Cons

    Long hours, aggressive schedules, unprofessional management that does not respect the employees, no balance between work and life, unreasonable work load and short time given to complete it, managers/Directors that claim credit for collective success and deflect blame to the team for failures, dirty politics, people are rewarded for being nasty and pushing the unreasonable deadlines, an ass kissing culture, managers/directors have balanced life compared to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, think about work and life balance for employees,review how your managers/directors are leading their team and if what they are saying about the team is true,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Only if you need a Job and like a 3x3 bullpen style cubicle

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    Current Employee - MTS??? in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - MTS??? in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at MaxLinear

    Pros

    Learn a lot in a short period of time. Great start to a great career at Broadcom.

    Cons

    Long hours with less pay. With the amount of hours put in you will only end up making minimum wage.
    Employees are always stressed out due to unrealistic timelines which creates a terrible work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tact and Professionalism classes could go a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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