Micrel Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some great people and potential but CEO is disconnected from reality of company & market

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Micrel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people in many areas.
    Great place to be in Marketing. Very Marketing & Product Centric.
    If you are a performer, pay can be good and job is secure.
    Job will be what you make of it.

    Cons

    CEO is slowing company, very risk adverse. Lives in past, not investing for future.
    Not always cost competitive with FAB in San Jose (but there are advantages to having your own fab).
    Vertical silo organizations in product groups inefficient for the size of company.
    Benefits not that great but are adequate.
    Dead wood in areas that needs trimming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO needs true succession strategy, and needs to move on. Needs to invest and not just pinch pennies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This Company Is Not Going Anywhere

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

    I worked at Micrel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Three buildings located near each other.
    - There are some really nice people working here
    - Good place to work if what you are looking for is a place to do as you are told
    - This company has one of the last remaining semicondcutor fabs in the valley

    Cons

    - Meager benefits, no 401K matching
    - Many people are overworked and do the work of two or three other people
    - Company has usually mandated taking 5 days off per quarter yet schedules are not adjusted to reflect this thus causing stress
    - Many tools are outdated
    - Most products are outdated me-too products with very little leading edge work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - CEO and BOD needs to talk with and interact with the people in the company so they can see what is going on below them. There are many problems that need fixing which are not being revealed to the CEO and BOD
    - The people are not motivated because the management team does not foster an environment which incorporates motivation. This needs to be fixed.

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

    A conservative culture

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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 Micrel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The employer's effort is amazing to keep employees as much as it can in bad economic cycle.

    Cons

    The employer is very very cost sensitive in investments, which cause to lose market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to leverage technologies in house

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

    Too slow, stodgy, backwards and uninspiring for young engineers, and probably even for industry veterans.

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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 Micrel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the design and applications engineers are very good and the supports staff are helpful and nice. There's a camaraderie, but unfortunately it's rooted in the low employee moral and against the current state of the company and CEO's leadership.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? The founder and CEO Ray Zinn has been there since 1978 (not a typo). Consequently, his mindset is stuck in that era. The company moves slowly with respect to the market space they TRY to compete in and are almost always late to market with their products. Also, any mention of the mandatory four weeks a year unpaid days for the past three or so years is left out of any interview process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ray needs to retire before he runs his "baby" to the ground. If he genuinely cared about Micrel, he'd retire and sell his stake in the company. It's too late for him to go out "on top".
    Spend some money and hire some organizational process people and infrastructure. The place is embarrassingly behind the times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Applications Engineer

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

    I worked at Micrel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good employees, most are very helpful and positive.

    Cons

    The company is very slow paced for being a small company. Over the years I've been there, the company did not grow. I also did not appreciate the benefit package there, it was limited compared to companies where I received offers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of employees and take their input more seriously.

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

    Too many things wrong at this company

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

    I have been working at Micrel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    no large swings, does not seem to be much age discrimination, easy access for commuting - not in a really heavy congested area.
    They do watch the bottom line and avoid layoffs as much as possible.

    Cons

    Company does not equip the workers with updated tools to do their job. Too many outdated tools and software and methodologies. Seems the spending policy is to try and get things for free without having to pay. People are overloaded and doing the work of multiple people thus heavily affecting quality of work/life balance. Not that much innovation, too many "me too" products developed too late. Depends what department you are in, but often, employees are under appreciated and treated poorly. lack of good engineering processes results in multiple attempts at trying to get it right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some lessons from some successful companies and improve the methods and environment to match. Provide the workers the tools to do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company with poor execution.

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Micrel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice and friendly working environment.
    A person can be involved in the entire design cycle starting from conception to product release.
    Talented and smart co-workers.

    Cons

    Limited upside due to tough business condition.
    Though smart - relatively new and inexperienced design and marketing mid-level management.
    Uses relatively older in-house processes which may not be a prudent approach all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring a very experienced outsider as CEO who has new ideas and visions and will be able to balance vision and capability and lead the company to success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good working environment

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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 Micrel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and competitive people. High profile products and a lot of innovation done every year. Very high potential for career growth.

    Cons

    Headquarter located near the major freeways.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    CEO runs the company like a puppet show

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    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Micrel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good group of engineers working in the lower levels. The higher you go, the more outdated their thought process.

    Cons

    Ray Zinn, the CEO, has kept the company from growing by chasing away too many talented people. He is reluctant to attract talent by pay and falsely believes that he is charismatic enough to drive business. In fact, the CEO has dropped the ball on numerous technical innovations and market opportunities.

    Instead of putting more money into R&D or employee compensation, Micrel pays out big dividends which lines the pockets of the CEO and upper management. Ray Zinn uses the "dividend attracts investors" line to justify the payouts, but Micrel stock has been stagnant for the last few years. Good products and good employees lead to a growing company. Cutting pay and benefits are never the answer.

    Company morale is extremely low in the lower ranks due to dwindling benefits. HR department needs to do more and needs to stand up to management once in a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO needs to retire. The company needs to put more money into R&D to come up with better products. TI and Maxim is wiping the floor with Micrel...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The company culture is aggressive and a little bit mean-spirited, but this one is strict and religious, too.

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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 Micrel full-time

    Pros

    People stay a long time if they can deal with the work load and the atmosphere. They admire age at Micrel, which is refreshing, and most of the workers are over 50. It is very unfair to younger workers, though. It's very old fashioned--the men wear ties and no one is allowed to wear jeans, even on Fridays. It's steady and slow to change. They have great benefits, and they try to avoid layoffs. People have been there for 30 years and can retire from there. That's almost an impossibility anywhere else in Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Quarterly furloughs equal a forced month off every year without pay. This lowers the overall salary employees are promised. Old fashioned company means old fashioned products, old fashioned way of doing business, and an old fashioned look. They also have old technology--it's not unusual to see people using Microsoft Office 2003 and computers that are more than seven years old. The Internet is not available to all employees--some aren't even allowed an email address, and others have the Internet blocked except during lunch. The CEO brags that Micrel runs like a big company with 20% of the staff. That's true, but the result is often long hours, slow time to market, and burnout is rampant. Many people are just staying long enough to retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get into the 21st Century. Treat your people better. Don't say you're a family friendly company if you aren't. And you aren't. Either walk the talk or change the talk. Be up front with new employees about furlough days, and what else they can expect before they accept a job. Look at products that the competition sell and figure out why your fab runs at 50% capacity. Spend money wisely instead of just being cheap on important business tools and spending extravagantly on random things. Look into policies and procedures and decide whether they're still relevant to a 21st century company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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