PMC-Sierra Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
99 Reviews

3.0
99 Reviews
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PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
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47 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefit, good working environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Work life balance, friendly working environment (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • If you want work-life balance , it comes at a cost of job security (in 4 reviews)

  • It takes a long time to accept new ideas and innovation (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    challenging work in R&D good for development, specific opportunities limited.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    small high competency teams. strong development flow, good tools. not micromanaged. compensation competitive.

    Cons

    typical tight development schedules, not a lot of projects to choose from, but ones that are approved get good support. products related to storage have good business prospects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow internal expertise to retain and build long term competencies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of opportunities, highly skilled engineers

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

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with and learn from
    Lots of opportunities to get involve in many aspects of chip design

    Cons

    High level architects do not come up with innovative ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyed working for PMC and then shocked I was laid off.

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Project teams were small and had a lot of interaction that allowed us to resolve issues quickly. You had time to decompress after going through scheduling crunch times. Office staff generally got along well and did a lot of social activities together.

    Cons

    Didn't feel we were always told the full story on our group's program strategy. Maybe it was due to the changing market. Schedules were unrealistic without any contingencies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience, depends on the group you work for.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some really good software engineers to learn from.

    Cons

    Does not pay that much

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mask Layout Designer  in  Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Mask Layout Designer in Allentown, PA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    good at suppling information to use.

    Cons

    schedule did not encompass four digital blocks that were needed to be done before my assignment was completed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management Was good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Technically excellent people with engineering driven teams.
    Experienced at VLSI development using experts across geographic locations.
    Management is extremely technical having grown through from engineers.

    Cons

    Long hours and condensed schedules. Same as the rest of the industry. Not much work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. Get a good market foothold in Flash and build it out into a core technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best work place, Good work culture

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    Current Employee - Driver Performance Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Driver Performance Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very encouraging place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An interesting place, but a project without direction

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    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    PMC makes it extremely easy to connect with other employees at remote sites, and it really feels like working side by side, no matter where you are located
    The engineer in the APPS groups are quite simply the best ones for that job

    Cons

    PMC does not build on its strengths
    The higher the manager position, the more disconnected from projects' reality
    Perks, benefits and salary not competitive ithin the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PMC is missing a real feedback channel to higher management
    Not much sense in trying to hire more/better people if you can't keep the ones you already have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Talented engineers and interesting work

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    Former Employee - Verification Engineer  in  Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Roseville, CA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated people. Interesting products, lots of learning opportunities. Social committee works to help team morale with breakroom snacks, coffee machine, and regular low key get-togethers.

    Cons

    Unrealistic schedules and lots of management pressure. 5 year plan not always clear.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It was very resourceful and knowledge gaining

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    Current Employee - Applications and Performance Co Op  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Applications and Performance Co Op in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Good Working environment
    2. Less stress and good Supervision.

    Cons

    1.Benefits are quite less
    2.Still could develop the Software side of the products .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing in Specific

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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