PMC-Sierra Reviews in Vancouver, BC

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
99 Reviews

3.0
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PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
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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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  1.  

    Firmware Engineer Coop

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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer Coop  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer Coop in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Kind co-workers with nice environments, including cafeteria and gym. Greate infra/system to learn technical skills as a coop student.

    Cons

    Nothing specially negative. You need to be "people person". You must know how to manager your time in the independent environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    OK for Canada

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    Former Employee - Junior Physical Design Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Physical Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    major chip company in Canada

    Cons

    not doing well financially impacts the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about what you do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Design Engineer

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Awesome VLSI related work, more chances of moving up.

    Cons

    Not a great company culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Highly skilled group of people, and most often go out of their way to help others when needed. Usually good work/life balance in most groups, with lots of work schedule flexibility, although around critical milestones expectations of employees can be extremely high.

    Cons

    Salaries/benefits could be better. Project management is often poor, with unrealistic schedules and insufficient staffing resources assigned to projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better project management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for, mediocre when it comes to software

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    Former Employee - Software Development  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Development in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Stable company, nice work environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    Average pay,
    very mediocre software team and mangers,
    work is border line boring,
    no future planning and SW design, mostly 'hack' something quickly and then put out fires as they come ( and they do come ....)
    over whole, when it comes to SW, not very changeling or inspiring place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Ups and downs and then years of sideway commodity products

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work life balance was good. Compensation was never reduced - only stayed stagnant after the telecom bubble had burst.

    Cons

    Cancelled projects due to questionable strategic and tactical marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have good people. Keep them challenged and they will perform.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Cool products(used to be), diversified portfolio in communication, storage and printer business, Best in its class QA structure. Excellent technical staff

    Cons

    Too many managers and paper pushers have made all the good engineers run away.Office Politics and back stabbing at its peak. Bell Curve tactics employed by management is probably best in this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    looks like company run by bunch of accountants, future look down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Signal Design

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    Current Employee - Leader Mixed Signal Design  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Leader Mixed Signal Design in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of great people. Projects are interesting and cover wireline, optics and RF. The group has a reasonable size to allow sharing of expertise. Very technical.

    Cons

    Company and industry are struggling. There has not been much growth in the past 10 years. As the process nodes are getting smaller and more expensive the design opportunity are fewer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training and industry exposure for designers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent place to gain experience and demonstrate worth to employer.

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    Current Employee - IC Physical Design Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - IC Physical Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Have the possibility to influence and enhance the workflow for yourself and other.

    Cons

    Still big enough to be slow to react to necessary changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Personality matters more than work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    --Good Work
    --Lot of talented people
    --Good Salary

    Cons

    --Politics
    --Lot of unqualified people in top management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking your own goal and try to make PMC successful.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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