QLogic Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
91 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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at QLogic as a contractor

    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.  

    Good staff, less than adequate management

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

    I worked at QLogic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In general, most of the technical staff were professional about the work. HR had good staff that took care of employees.

    Cons

    Work environment extremely high pressure. Not enough work resources to cover work load for scheduled releases. Managers agree to ridiculous time tables to complete projects when given the opportunity to take advantage of suggested schedules of completion. In other words, many of the managers promised the moon, but could not deliver which caused a moral problem and a ill felt environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is advice for upper management, not test leads or group managers. This is advice for people that are just under directorship. Don't hire manages or test leads that do not know how to lead and/or is not familiar with the technology. Anyone can pick up buzz words, but can they do the work that is assigned to the subornments?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at QLogic

    Pros

    Solid financials, a great engineering team

    Cons

    On-the-job training for executives, uses reduction in force as standard procedure for improving bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might want to consider methods for keeping talent rather than driving it away

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A company working to re-invent itself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at QLogic full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  6. 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

    I worked at QLogic full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  7.  

    Toxic environment of sharks

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

    I worked at QLogic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Shut down at the holiday time

    Cons

    HR department is just a resource dept. Company does not recognize or address many employees developing health issues due to the stress from upper management. Some workers get away with picking the duties they want to do while other employees are working overtime to get the job done. Upper management is ignorant to unhappy employees. This place is no longer a healthy environment and there is no career path for growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO needs to get in touch with employees. Employees are no longer valued. Hard workers are let go while those taking advantage of the company stay and are protected. Workers should be valued and they are not. Management sitting in their clean offices delegating jobs should be looked at to see if they are truly making a difference. Maybe it's the workers who are making the difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Once Great Company is Now Struggling

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

    I worked at QLogic full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  9. 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

    I worked at QLogic full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  10. 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

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

    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
  11. 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

    I worked at QLogic full-time for more than 5 years

    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

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