QLogic

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QLogic Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
89 Reviews

3.2
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QLogic CEO Prasad Rampalli
Prasad Rampalli
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is very lax (in 9 reviews)

  • Good people - high level of expertise and generally work well together (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Executive management seemed to be very remote (in 4 reviews)

  • Reduction of Employee Benefits even though the company continues to stuff cash into its coffers (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Quite a good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    - Smart Colleagues
    - Chance to grow quickly

    Cons

    - Is not aggressive enough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Once Great Company is Now Struggling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits were great. There are a lot of good engineers working hard to keep QLogic going. They have a great Fiber Channel product portfolio.

    Cons

    There was not enough long term direction given. Everything was so focused on moving from one emergency to the next that no one spent time developing strong processes and procedures. This caused successes to be unrepeatable and rely too much on a few really strong engineers. Management decisions are based more on politics than sound engineering reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop allowing mid to senior managers from appointing close friends or relatives to management positions instead of hiring good strong managers based on accomplishments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Managers do not know the trade

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    Checks never bounced. A new challenge every day. Nice location of the company. Building was clean.

    Cons

    Managers would not sync up with the results of work overlapping. Not enough equipment available for assignments to stay on schedule. Hardware resources extremely limited. There are a lot of egos at this company that need to be placed in check. Company makes way too many changes ending up with a nonsolid direction for future growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that know what they are doing and know the trade. To hire a person that was a manager at another company does not mean they know the trade. You cannot be a leader if you don't know what you are leading.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to graduate your career from, until 2014.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn more about how Data Center services work. There are lots of friends that can be made at this company. Salary is above average with reviews/raises every 6 months. But one thing you will really get out of all of this is knowledge of how data centers work with Fibre Channel Technology.

    Cons

    It was hard for me to write those pros as there are significant cons to working at QLogic.

    1. There is no growth in the company. When you're hired for your position, you're hired there until retirement or laid off. I have been told that I would get promoted, have a team, etc. only to be disappointed in the end to be notified that the company goes in another path and I'm stuck at the same position.

    2. Benefits aren't the greatest. The company match on 401k is abysmal at best. Stock isn't the greatest either.

    3. Path of the CEO. I can't stress this one enough. H.K. Desai was the father of our company before he passed away recently. The boards appointed a new CEO after Simon stepped down in Prasad. Prasad preached about QLogic 2.0 this and that. How things are going to change. Earlier in the year, the QLogic marketing/sales team acquired technologies and business from both Broadcom and Brocade. This was to open up new opportunities in QLogic, revenues, etc. And this was the case until May 2014 when the CEO (Prasad) let go of one of the best innovators and revenue driven employees, also the one that orchestrated the Broadcom and Brocade acquisitions. At the same time, Prasad launched a 10% workforce layoff. Come mid June, Prasad's 3 month plan to launch QLogic 2.0 was looking to be in jeopardy, but he still tried to make the groups that were needed to make 2.0 happen. However, one day out of the blue, Prasad turned Bi-polar and decided to cancel 2.0. This also created another 10% workforce layoff.

    Here is the shocking thing, HR and Prasad decided to not calculate the layoffs, but rather play Russian roulette with the employees at QLogic. You are basically treated like a number here. I'd understand if the workforce layoff was calculated to remove employees in areas like redundant positions. But this wasn't the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly don't know what to say at this point to Management. Everything is cloak and dagger at the company. Promotions are non-existent period. Bi-polar decisions are causing people their jobs for no reason. H.K. would have never allowed this. Decisions within this company could be done much better.

    But the knowledge I got from QLogic I will take with me to the grave. It's great knowledge. And like I said, it's like graduating from school to something bigger and better. So just like QLogic used me as a number, i'm going to use them by applying all their knowledge into my next job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work with but do not stay long

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly & helpful colleagues, flexible hours, good compensation..... A very good company to retire and lots of people look like really in retirement state. Lots of people go home after 3:30pm.

    Cons

    Has little vision, desperately trying to stay in business, purchased many companies but never made any money...... Especially this recent deal with Broadcom, paid $150 million for their NIC business team but got nothing, no key engineers came but only some guys BRCM does not need..... When Qlogic becomes desperate, it wasts money quicker and sinks faster, this is true for any company, any person. So, the outlook of the company is not good IMHO.

    Worse more, as an employee, especially those in Qlogic kernel driver team, what you learned in Q has little market value outside. Who needs Freebsd,Solaris, HP UNIX, AIX experience now? How many companies need Linux/Solaris/UNIX kernel driver experience in Southern California? Those skills are good for IC/ASIC design companies but how many companies design CPU? That is exactly why lots of Qlogic Staff, Principal or Sr. Principal software kernel driver engineers could not find a job after being laid off in March 2014 just because their work experience has little use to almost all the other companies...... There some demand in San Jose area, but not much......

    The longer you stay in Q, the harder to find next job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prudent, be conservative, do not waste money any more. Another such dumb purchasing like the deal with Broadcom, QLGC stock price will drop from teenage to preschool.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    QLogic provided a great place to learn new technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior DVT Engineer  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior DVT Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    No micro management style, leadership has declined since the new CEO joined the company. Stocks have declined as well.

    Cons

    The company does not provide any training. They expect the employee to learn as they are assigned to projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a company brings new technology by acquiring another company, the company's growth and success is achieved by providing training to its existing employees with the new added technology rather than getting rid of its own employees and bringing in employees from the other company to replace its own.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    No good memories, no bad memories.

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    Development of leading edge technologies.

    Cons

    Executive management is clueless since HK stopped running the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whatever you are doing now, stop and do something different, before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lack of Direction

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits. Lots of potential with smart people if they can get direction. individual groups are good to work with, but cross pollination doesn't happen

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and silo's keep employees from collaborating. Lack of vision and new technology will keep Q in the fading storage industry without many options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the new CEO will be empowered to make changes and grow the company. Not very confident about that though.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    QLogic is good company to work. Nice people. Work and life outside work are balanced.

    Cons

    Slow decision making. It helps company bottomline though.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The first 5 years it was a great company to work for, but we laid off people, the work load increased and it got bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    There are some great, hard-working people. It is a great location and beautiful facility, close to restaurants and the beach. QLogic has a great market niche, great designers, and is a technology leader.

    Cons

    The company has been managed by tight wads, more concerned about share holders than their employees. They tend not to be customer-focused which is frustrating to some employees. Like alot of American companies today, the CEO was formerly the CFO, focused on the bottom-line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a hgher value on customer relationships and treating employees like you care about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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