Maxim Integrated Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Low compensation, nice work place

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are moving to a nice new facility. The group I work for is nice. The CEO seems like a nice guy.

    Cons

    Compensation is below the standard. The growth is slow. Needs a stronger work culture to promote team building activities which currently are very rare.

  2. good company for old style traditional engineers

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - stable and profitable whatever whenever
    - not too much pressure
    - there are much to learn if you are willing to learn
    - good life work balance if you work smartly

    Cons

    - there are no cons actually if you are a stable and tradional old style family-oriented engineer.
    - if you want great risk and reward, go to a startup, Maxim-ic is a stable and slowly progressive company which is not bad for the whole global economy.

    Advice to Management

    - keep doing what you are doing, Maxim-ic is growing slowly but it's OK.
    - more reward to those hard-working engineers if possible.
    - get rid of those lazy guys (worst performers and never improving).

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many interesting engineering project and work, and there are some sharp technical people within the company. Overall good company strategy.

    Cons

    The company is trying to change its culture. But is still learning how to empower employees. There are many opportunities to grow the infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any particular opinion or advice. Wish Maxim can grow into a world class analog and mixed signal company.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great career opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Innovation is constantly encouraged - company operates on the idea that they can always do something better, more efficiently, cheaper. If you have an idea to improve a process or product, you have the opportunity to voice that, and often times, implement that change.
    - Exposure - employees have the opportunity to get involved and gain exposure to new people, groups, projects, etc.
    - Great benefits package - multiple options at a low cost, 401(k) match with immediate vesting, gym membership discounts, sponsorship for employees participating in leagues/races, tuition reimbursement
    - Culture change is a big focus for FY12 - moving towards a more collaborative, integrated culture. Changes are already apparent!
    - Stable company that has remained successful throughout the recession, great industry to work in

    Cons

    - Fast-paced, challenging environment - although this is not always a con!
    - Sometimes long hours are required, but this is often the case in any company

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good for retirement

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Maxim Integrated

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Senior management (VP and above) are competent and want to do well.

    Cons

    1. There is no team work. Even engineers in your own team backstab you on occasions.
    2. Lower level management are either unethical or incompetent. One manager (now director) essentially outsources engineering jobs in the US over to Turkey; treat employees here with utmost disrespect, and backstab people left and right.
    3. Too many people seem to be content waiting for retirement. You never see engineers younger than 30. At times it feels like a retirement home.
    4. Base salary lower than any companies I worked for.
    5. Project management with Project Success Method is extremely inefficient. It is good for project managers and management to play pass the buck.
    6. Business management in certain Business units are incompetent. Some don't even show up to work!
    7. Promotions are based on who you know and sucking up, and not on achievements or competence.

    Advice to Management

    Maxim is still an engineering company. Stop treating engineers like second class citizens compared to business managers.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Old school company that needs to change it's image to attract the next generation of talent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great sense of family; not too political; if you want to make change there aren't many obstacles in your way

    Cons

    Lack sophisticated infrastructure and perks of other high-techs in the Valley; IT leadership is rooted in the 90's; underinvestment problem with key, strategic projects

    Advice to Management

    Changing culture is more than just saying we are going to change, leadership needs to lead by example. Loosen the ties, let light into the buildings, let employees flourish.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good place for micro-managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Business Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive and highly competent engineering and applications support teams

    Cons

    Top-down micro-management is contagious. Decisions (even non-strategic ones) are routinely elevated.

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to engage and make strategic business decisions

  9. Helpful (2)

    Not a place for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The very top management recognizes that the culture needs to change and they are taking every possible step to make that happen.

    Cons

    Support your employees career growth because when they grow, the company also grows. Any successful company knows this by now, why is it taking so long for Maxim to realize this?

    Advice to Management

    There are many design directors and General Managers that are clueless about how to lead people. When they are faced with a low moral issue in the teams, instead of relaxing, they just apply more pressure.

  10. Helpful (6)

    Average salary, very good profit sharing, Not so good everything else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PMTS Applications in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - PMTS Applications in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing is very good when compared to other locations in the same industry (~30% of salary). Latest news is that due to lower than expected profits, we can expect profit sharing to be lower for 2012.

    Benefits are average, but health care out of pocket expenses are lower than other companies.

    Flexible hours to some extend. Some people arrive at work at 10:30am (and leave at 9:30pm)
    I work from 8am to 7pm others arrive at 6am and leave by 5pm

    20 days of vacation from the start

    New HQ will have cafeteria and gym and updated furniture.

    Cons

    Manager does not know the meaning of work-life balance. 11hr/day is normal, 14hr/day 6days/week is common during peak demand, but you get $500 to $1000 extra bonus after 2 weeks (equivalent to a hourly salary of $3 to$6 per hour - which is below minimum wage!)

    4 days of paid holidays (new year, July 4, Thanks Giving, and X-mas) - I'm not joking

    Can only get promote is you are part of the inner circle, which requires lower ethical standards.

    Internal message board postings by VPs and senior execs is very funny: very recent examples: "We should focus efforts on e-readers";
    "Cars should have charging matts for smartphones";
    "Our new HQ looks like a prison"

    Advice to Management

    Working overtime for less than minimum wage is not worth. People are now leaving because of overtime and lack of promotion opportunities! That's why 12 co-workers left in the past 12 months!

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great company. Competitive, start-up feel.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Maxim Integrated

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, promotion opportunities for hard workers. Access to top management.

    Cons

    Smart people, so competitive for promotions.

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