Rambus Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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  1. EA TO CEO

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rambus (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Willing to change product strategies as opportunities become available

    Cons

    Communication within the company could always be better as with most companies moving fast to stay on top of the industries they are working to dominate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. You are obviously making a positive difference.


  2. Worst experience of my career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rambus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some good people and the new building was nice. CEO seemed to know what the problems were.

    Cons

    A long history of shady financial and legal practices has handcuffed the company. Being on 'legal hold' impacts EVERY decision. Very strong old boy network at the VP and above level. Most are very poor managers that would never have the same title at any other company so they aren't going anywhere. Rather than do performance management on these poor leaders they spend money on "executive coaches and advisors" but a tiger doesn't change it's stripes.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the senior management level.


  3. This week is my 10th anniversary at Rambus

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    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rambus full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best boss and best co-workers of my career. I'm constantly encouraged and supported to try new things and look at the old things in new ways. The benefits are amazing and you don't have to give up having a life to get them (like you do at some of those "best places to work" kind of companies). I'm very proud of Rambus' contribution to the communities we work in. Even during tight times, we did not reduce the (substantial) dollar amount of our donations. On top of that, employees are encouraged to volunteer at corporate and non-corporate-sponsored organizations.

    Cons

    The company has been through some challenges in the past but I really believe we're primed for a great future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on instilling (installing?) the values in all areas.


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  5. It was okay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rambus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. Work environment is pretty good as well. There are some great people that work there which made the experience enjoyable.

    Cons

    While I was there, there was a huge turnover in my department. At the end, the VP they hired in our department pretty much made everyone leave including contractors. I know they probably said everyone left due to different circumstances, but the root cause was due to the VP they hired. I think it was more specific from our department and not necessarily reflects the company as a whole.


  6. Awesome company, wonderful people

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Brecksville, OH
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Brecksville, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rambus (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, wonderful community, beautiful place to work

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a GREAT job! Keep it up!


  7. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great mid sized company to work for

    Cons

    IP licensing business has its challanges


  8. Good place to learn new skills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Transparency from Marketing to Engineering. Good place to learn and develop new skills

    Cons

    No go-getters here. lack of execution skills

    Advice to Management

    reward people who are willing to take risks and go the extra mile.


  9. engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Rambus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefit and flexible time

    Cons

    lower level low management/technical ability


  10. Helpful (2)

    Interesting work, great location (downtown SF), chance to learn applied cryptography

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rambus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful downtown San Francisco offices, friendly intelligent co-workers, good benefits and pay, flexible hours, decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, some of whom are clueless and non-technical, for such a small company. Very political. Not as meritocratic as I would expect for a smallish company. One runs away from huge companies (Google, Intel, Oracle, etc...) in hopes of finding less BS and politics at MUCH smaller companies but unfortunately - not true. I expected it to be more startup-like, where startups tend to operate with very low overhead and more performance-orientation, flatter management layer - but I am disappointed to learn that it's quite the opposite.

    Advice to Management

    Engineers are not the problem - they are rarely incompetent. When droves of engineers quit, that's a STRONG signal that something is severely wrong with management at the company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Run, don't walk away.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rambus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In theory, an excellent place to learn applied cryptography.

    Cons

    Small-minded empire building imperious new managers without domain experience now running the show instead of the brilliant founders.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the company's roots,original culture and hiring practices, if you can.



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