PMC-Sierra Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Talented engineers and interesting work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 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 (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
  3. Good Company

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    Current Employee - Technologist in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Technologist in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and working conditions

    Cons

    Some bad business decesions lead to latoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good Technical Organiation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A company which technically stays ahead

    Cons

    Vision and market positioning is weak

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Lead, Firmware Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Well document design
    Good development procedure

    Cons

    The company is very stable, and conservative for investment.

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    Applications Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people. The product offering is quite strong and competitive. Very competitive salary. The work / life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Not too many downsides to list. The company is not huge, which is not necessarily bad but can limit job mobility and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management team is doing a good job of balancing growth and supporting existing products and customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great work environment

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

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Office environment. Co-workers. Communication of direction. Technically challenging.

    Cons

    Narrow focus so riskier than a big corporation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Keep looking for a better company

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    Former Employee - Senior CAD Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CAD Engineer in Roseville, CA

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

    Pros

    The worst place that I have ever worked

    Cons

    Management swears all the time, very discriminant, womanizing, good old boys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire engineers as managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Awesome Entry Level Company

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    It would be hard to believe that there is a better company for college grads, especially ones interested in design work. If you show the ambition and capability, you get to work on very cool things at PMC. As an entry level product development engineer, I worked on design projects that I never had thought I could. My friends at Broadcom and Qualcomm are so envious of my work. Some asked me to help them get a job here.

    Cons

    We work very hard and long hours. Salary is good but could be better - one of my mentors tells me of extreme salary compression once you have worked here for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have worked here for almost 3 years. I noticed that our management is very conservative. They are afraid to take risks. Their bigger brother peers (Broadcom, Qualcomm, etc.) are heavily involved in consumer semiconductors. PMC chooses to stay away but I think our revenue suffers from this in a big way.

    TAKE SOME CHANCES - we are really smart engineers!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    1.Chance to work at lower system levels.
    2. Lot of opportunities to work in different technology.
    3. Great lab facilities.
    4. Nice people.

    Cons

    Nothing to mention yet for now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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