Rambus

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Rambus Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
33 Reviews
3.2
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rambus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefit and flexible time

    Cons

    lower level low management/technical ability

    Recommends
  2.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rambus

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits ..

    Cons

    Sometimes career growth could be limited

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good CEO, too many middlemen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rambus

    Pros

    + Good salary and benefits
    + Open communication and lack of boundaries
    + Not much work pressure
    + CEO committed to adding share-holder value

    Cons

    - A good company should have lots of "value creating engineers" and a few managers/hands-off engineers. Rambus has lots of management and hands-off engineers, but very few hands-on engineers who create value.
    - Trying to launch products, but there are still lots of design IP projects which don't ever create $$.
    - Very strong old boy network in parts of the company. Most Rambus VPs and Senior VPs are white Americans. While many of them are cosmopolitan, many of them give more responsibility to people with similar cultures whom they are more comfortable with. One would expect responsibility to be given based on performance - that's not always the case.
    - Performance-based incentives are far less compared to other Silicon Valley companies.
    - No real vision. Just boosting stock price is not a vision, like a previous reviewer said. The single-minded focus on boosting stock price leads to frequent cost cutting and layoffs to boost the next few quarters' EPS (which hurt the company in the long run).
    - Company has a reputation for not-so-good professional ethics. While the marketing team is trying to change this perception in the industry, some of the company's behavior is still on the borderline of what can be considered ethical. For example, people are frequently laid off just 3-4 days before their 6 month bonus payments (often worth $30k-40k) are due. These employees are out of a job unexpectedly, and at the same time the company relies on fine print to deny them money they believe they've earned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of managers, hire and retain people who create value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The company was good to me.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Rambus full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The environment is great and they did what they could.

    Cons

    It's still a company that has to report to a Board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you gotta do to keep people employed and keep inventing. Stay outta courts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I've had a great experience at Rambus and feel positive that the company can continue to perform on it's turnaround path

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rambus

    Pros

    Executive leadership is committed to turning the company into a products and services-oriented company. And the depth of talent at the company is considerable

    Cons

    Like any company, it is siloed, and it's not entirely clear that leadership knows how to pull people together to build a truly collaborative working environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    SMTS 2

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    Current Employee - SMTS II - Logic Verification Engineering in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - SMTS II - Logic Verification Engineering in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Rambus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning curve. good HR policies. Good career opportunities. Good remuneration package.

    Cons

    Work environment in Bangalore is not good. Lot of blame game and attitude problems among people. Good people have left the company. Work life imbalance. Projects are done in very hap-hazzard manner. The timelines are unrealistic. Bangalore site location is not convenient place for commute from many places in city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems to be lot of attitude issues with people. Project timelines are unrealistic. Lot of blame game. This is specific to Bangalore site only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience, challenging brand reputation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Rambus full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perks were nice - good benefits, stocked fridge with snacks. Easy access to top management.

    Cons

    Company is not respected in the industry. Too much litigation past tied to it, hence bad reputation. Tough to grow revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify

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

    I'd work at Rambus for sure.

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Rambus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great hands-on work as an intern. Lots of Benefits and Perks. Great employee atmosphere.

    Cons

    Finance Department, while great people, tended to be set on their own ways on completing tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Shut the doors in Brecksville now.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brecksville, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brecksville, OH

    I worked at Rambus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Director level management is clueless to be nice. No idea whatsoever on how to run a manufacturing facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the doors now so that the bleeding stops. Stop losing money. Gain an understanding of the manufacturing process and educate yourselves on things like profit margin and true manufacturing costs. Put someone in charge of manfacturing that has some idea of what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company heading downhill quickly

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Rambus full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, good to great coworkers
    Some interesting areas of R&D to develop
    A shift away from the patent troll mentality (finally)
    Good facilities
    Great benefits and low cost for them
    Good salaries

    Cons

    No true corporate strategy ("increasing shareholder value" is NOT a corporate strategy)
    Only focus is on cost cutting; minimal on development of new markets
    Little value in the stock options
    Current CEO is tactical but no strategic vision; tactical is needed but where is company going without a real strategy?
    Numerous layoffs in last two years limiting moving company ahead
    Poor to average management in middle layers (some areas have a strong good old boy network)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a real technology vision for the future
    Make a strategy and go after it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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