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QLogic Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
89 Reviews

3.2
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QLogic CEO 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just want to add some comments on Broadcom asset acquisition by Qlogic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Qlogic got about 170 engineers through the acquisition from Broadcom. It is untrue what one fellow user commented on this site that Qlogic got only unwanted engineers from Broadcom. Broadcom let entire Netextreme-II team go, kept only 4/5 engineers to develop their cloud platform. They let entire Israel team to go who developed the complete Netextreme-II engine. So Qlogic got very good talent pool. My understanding is, Netextreme having complete storage stack like FCoE and iSCSI it requires a dedicated validation team for each OEM including support for Tape device. Broadcom being a semi conductor based company they could not support such an elaborate validation team and managing those tough OEM programs. They are good at making chips and selling them and earning a royalty. Not a company who has means to support extensive software layers and qualify OEM in each release cycle. They realized it so sold the business. On the other hand, Qlogic is supporting server OEMs since its existence. So it should not take much effort in Qlogic's part to support Netextreme product lines. Key is to hold on to the Israel team and engineers they got from Broadcom to mature the product.

    Cons

    Nothing much to say for now except one thing, employee has to pay little bit more for insurance coverage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A company working to re-invent itself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Top company for Fibre Channel (FC) adapters. You learn a lot about FC technology working there.. Great benefits & pay is above average; they take good care of employees concerning benefits. Time-off package is PTO based and begins with 3-weeks. They are good about allowing time-off. Good about providing training, in-class and on-line. Good portfolio of online-training.

    Cons

    New CEO in place who is trying to reform the company to break out of the FC adapter niche and into a broader set of adapter offerings to include 10Gb Ethernet adapters. This has introduced some chaos into the organization due to recent acquisitions and divestitures, but a shake-up was needed. The death of the founder & chairman of the board, HK Desai, will present challenges as there is no one prepared to take his place. A challenge and an opportunity given the reform of the company that is taking place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some teams are great to work with and some were meh...

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Shakopee, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Shakopee, MN

    Pros

    Technical challenges were available for you to tackle around every corner. There was never a moment that you would be bored unless you did not thirst for knowledge.

    Cons

    There were too many meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop your talented people through cross functional exposure and through industry events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Once Great Company is Now Struggling

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    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
  6.  

    Managers do not know the trade

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    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to graduate your career from, until 2014.

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has been going through a lot of changes and on the fence if all the changes are good or in the right direction

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    Pros

    Pretty good work/life balance but it really depends on the team you are on and whether you are a sales office or not. If you are in a sales office you are pretty much on your own which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it as you get very little help/training/guidance from corporate. Compensation appears to be good or possibly better than average. When you do engage engineering we have bright people here that can for the most part help you but with attrition and the cuts that seem to happen every couple of quarters the brain drain here has been pretty significant.

    Cons

    While CEO has communicated a new Qlogic 2.0 message, much of it seems like vaporware. Lots of churn and layoffs as of late with lots of changes at the management level . Training is non-existent here. You receive no indepth training (really any training) on legacy QLogic products or the new product lines recently acquired (Broadcom NX2/Brocade host adapters) or other vendors' products in the Ecosystem. Therefore, if you are in a customer supporting role where you are supposed to be the technical "expert" you better be good at putting on your game face and faking it. Collect all the info you need to provide back to engineering because 9 times out of 10 you don't have the knowledge/expertise to actually help solve or even debug the customer's issue on your own. While compenstation is good here, raises/bonses here are non-existant and sales numbers are no longer attainable even when you do make your forecast numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring so many people at the top, and start hiring/retaining the people at the bottom that actualy get the job done. Quit overburdoning your exisiting teams with more and more workload by supporting more and more products with little to no knowledge/help on those products. Invest in educating/preparing your technical team members that have to support the products with the knowledge/expertise/training needed effectively debug/troubleshoot/sale what keeps you employed and the lights on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    QLogic provided a great place to learn new technology

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK so far, but what next ?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed pace of activity. Good (not great, but good) pay. Low competition, high-margin product line and locked-in customer base.

    Cons

    Had the comfort of being in the duopoly world of the Fibre Channel HBA. Low volume, high margin, low competition world.

    Now things are changing. What will the competition be like ? How will the company, which has been taught to be consciously conservative - and conservatism has paid off well so far - re-train itself to the more competitive ethernet world ?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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