SmartPlay Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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SmartPlay President & CEO Pradeep Vajram
Pradeep Vajram
33 Ratings

Pros
  • Salary is good go and it stops there (in 8 reviews)

  • This is a normal service based company where it has potential to grow in every aspect it works in (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • its a service based company and a startup (in 4 reviews)

  • You're asked to work throughout the night, citing takeouts, which go on forever (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Lead ASIC Design Verification Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Lead ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best company to work for the ASIC Design Verification guys and employee friendly management.

    Cons

    I feel that there are no cons


  2. Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best consulting company in semiconductor world. Work life balance at its best.

    Cons

    vacation policy could be improved


  3. Employee friendly management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee friendly management. and salary

    Cons

    personeel grrowth is bit limited

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Good consulting company. Especially good for H1B seekers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On-par if not better salaries Continuously engages with VLSI companies for new opening Good Medical Insurance ($0/pay check) Efficient management

    Cons

    Heavily dependent on Qualcomm. Need to increase personal touch with the consultants

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve client base


  6. Good Service company

    Current Employee - ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time

    Pros

    They offer decent salary once you compete one year with them. They have good number of clients so chances of getting on to bench is low.

    Cons

    No one-one meeting with employees, Less communications between employees, Less social culture.

    Advice to Management

    Please work on cons. Rest is all well. Good Luck.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Engineers are very good but poor management and policy

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Previously lead, manager and senior management open for suggestion and discussion on any issue. Even if needed they quickly resolve those issues. 2. Starting salary is good in comparison with other Indian service based company but no match with product based company.

    Cons

    1. Now most of initial manager and senior management (mostly these people from product based company background) left the company and senior management is full of people with service based company background who only know "how to use employee and don't give them anything". These people are even not much competent. 2. Increment for best performer also decreased in last 3 year from higher double digit to lower single digit even though market is doing great now.

    Advice to Management

    1. Get rid of service based company background management including senior management of various division, as they are trying "To kill the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs" (actual engineer's who earn money for company) before it is to late. 2. Be more sensitive to employee like couple of year back as you know time to make 1000+ company takes time but to start self destruction mode doesn't takes time.


  8. Great place to be.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work ethics of top management. Compassionate towards Engineers problems Good choice of projects to work in

    Cons

    Missing life insurance for self and family.


  9. Nice Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    high salary, nice management, good culture

    Cons

    frequent change of locations depending on client,

    Advice to Management

    ???


  10. Helpful (1)

    Smartplay experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    right people, clients exposure, sensible management

    Cons

    not many cons to share


  11. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Firing at smartplay is very rare, even when people are on bench.

    Cons

    No proper work, no proper hikes and salaries are average, onsite opportunities are given to those who are very close to the management

    Advice to Management

    Please recruit some good engineers



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