OmniVision Technologies

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OmniVision Technologies Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Trapped in a nightmare...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Management in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Management in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Products competitive with best in world, leading to tier-1 customer interest/demand

    Cons

    Where to begin...
    1. Expectations are ridiculous. You could work 16 hour days and there would be no appreciation or pat on the back. Every product or project is 'critical' and responses to management or customers must be sameday or sooner, regardless of the amount of work required to respond.
    2. The CEO is a figurehead and spends his time asking who owns each issue. seriously, there must be more important things for him to do.
    3. The level of micro-management is both insulting and discouraging. Let people do the jobs you hired them for
    4. Morale is ultra-low and people are trying to figure out their next career move, and openly talking about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some experienced, talented people from outside excluding micron and aptina. This includes execs

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

    Terrible Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary is in-line with the industry
    Free dinners.

    Cons

    Technology is not cutting edge. There is always Sony which beats at it and OVT always loses.
    It is a Sweat shop. Managers expects you to work 24/7. They have implemented timed badge out system like large companies. The difference is OVT actually looks at who worked less than 10 hours. If you work from home at nights which happens all the time, it is ignored. Managers are not knowledgeable.
    Forget about the salary, you don't feel appreciated in this company. I have worked in 4 other companies including Micron, this is hands down the worst company I worked for.
    Please don't make a mistake to stick with it. You will have better opportunities outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    OmniVision - Good to work at depending on your title

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Manager

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good technology, may projects to do and salary/benefits are in line with industry.

    Cons

    Hours are difficult sometime due to customers located in other side of the world. Some late nights,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better project management, hire people that are good at planning and executing projects while motivating all to stay on task.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    R&D Process Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Process Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Process Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wafer level lens plate material process and reliability test result and analysis

    Cons

    To find the new suitable material glue and check the reliability test result

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know how to research the suitable optical material glue and check the reliability test result

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    many projects keep you busy, not boring

    Cons

    poor work-life balance. It requires the employees swiping the badge when they enter and leave the company building every day so as to count how many hours they work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    Best avoided

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sensor Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sensor Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. it is in the heart of silicon valley. So you can't live too far from it if you live anywhere in the valley
    2. one of the cheapest travel deals you can get. Let me esplain this. If you're desirous of visiting China but don't have the time or the money to do so, you can visit this site and get the full experience -- complete with Mandarin Chinese spoken everywhere, ping pong in the work area, noodle sipping personnel walking about at lunch, farmer's market type atmosphere from time to time in the break rooms where staff do bulk grocery shopping at Costco and distribute it.
    3. free dinners
    4. free cup noodles

    Cons

    1. absolute and total lack of trust in the employee.
    2. management behaves like the school headmaster -- walking around observing, ever ready to punish errant 'children'.
    3. a staff (largely Mandarin speaking) that is fearful of discussing company/management strategy
    4. undisguised preference for hiring Asian staff unless the hire in question is from a competitor
    5. unfairly low wages when they hire laid off job seekers
    7. micro-managing managers. A farmer CTO used to spend considerable amount of time deciding which brand of coffee to buy
    8. tendency of management to hire family members. The CEO's (nearly) whole family worked there once
    7. a generally cheap and lack-lustre place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Loosen up, and trust your employees who create your wealth
    2. Make the workforce diverse to reflect the diversity of America. Santa Clara is not the heart of China! Stop looking for only Chinese or Chinese sounding personnel
    3. Allow engineers to grow by lowering barriers to seek knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    comapny review comments in ovt

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies

    Pros

    nothing for good as pros

    Cons

    one side communication in and out

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mid Size company which works like a start up.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing.
    May be the pay? but not completely satisfied with that either

    Cons

    There are tons of cons in this company.

    1) Managers treat employees like slaves. Lots of work and every task is extremely important and to be finished by the EOB.
    2) Badge in/out system. Yes they are very strict about it. I once got a mail from my manager when I entered at 9:35AM. (9:30AM is the cutoff). By any chance if you forget to badge out, they assume we left early and we didn't badge out to hide that. There is absolutely no trust on the employees in this company.
    3) All people you meet are from Micron. They interview Micron people. They should start hiring from other companies to get different perspective.
    4) 50% of the people are dumb and they don't know what they are doing. People just walk like zombies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating employees like slaves and have a basic trust on them.
    DO NOT INSULT YOUR EMPLOYEES!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    A public hardware company that runs like a mom and pop shop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Supplier of mobile devices that can get fast growth.
    Company has unlimited supply of cup noodles. Yes, with cup noodles are still better than most hardware companies out there.

    Cons

    1. Success can be a curse sometimes when you lost contracts to supply the famous phone maker to the giants like Sony.(This is public info).
    2. Very low margin products if you read the annual report, that is a common among semiconductor companies, though
    3. Family run business, despite being a public company. The CEO and his daughter controlled big part of the company and run it like a family business.
    4. Majority of the staffs are Mandarin speaking Chinese. It is a benefit if you speak Mandarin though, if not, you will feel frustrated sometimes. It is funny that one of the mandarin speaking customers once told me this is the only company in the valley that is doing business presentation in mandarin to them!
    5. CEO's age. He is already 71 and need to find a successor soon if the board has not already done so.
    6. Lack of respect to the employees and always suspicious about you and your activities: you have to tag out with badge and it is used to calculate how many hours you worked during the day to determine your performance and contribution to the company. This really similar to the foxconn sweat shop in China where human robots worked.
    7. Beware of the contract to hire scheme, I saw many people come in as contractor and believe they will get the full time offer, and used by the company for a month or so and then let go. That is a bait and switch scheme that you need to be careful with. I absolutely disagree with this practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To get out of the low margin business model, you need to hire talents and invest into R&D to find new ideas and business
    Too many people sitting on board that are here more than 10-15 years and I don't really know what they are doing.
    The lack of the trust from the management to the employees goes both ways: the employees also suspicious about the company's executions. That is why you guys don't get the top talents from the valley.

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

    Good growth company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Caters to one of the fastest growing semiconductor markets - image sensors. Would put my money on them to succeed in a highly competitive market because of their never say die attitude.

    Cons

    Employees not empowered to take decisions. Decisions often overridden without notice by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the flexibility and power to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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