Vitesse Semiconductor Reviews

Updated August 9, 2015
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  1. Senior Product Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vitesse Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great technology. Great people. New Directions.

    Cons

    Employee / Management Alignment Needs Improvement

    Advice to Management

    Always listen to the employees


  2. Senior Field Applications Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vitesse Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Vitesse has the atmosphere of a start-up, fast paced and exciting. They also had unique technology to compete against the larger companies in their field. Large de3gree of autonomy to pursue new business opportunities and achieve bonuses.

    Cons

    Computer systems at Vitesse were not integrated well, so you had to access supporting data in a variety of methods. They had some limitations to access and communicate with upper management.

    Advice to Management

    There could be some improvement in corporate performance if the bonus plans/objectives more closely aligned with corporate performance goals. Management is hesitant to accept input from anyone other than Directors.


  3. Family atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vitesse Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with who's been together for many years. Family feel.

    Cons

    Company sold so no longer going to exist.

    Advice to Management

    Wishing the ride could have continued as it was fun.


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  5. Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitesse Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Worked here 15 years. No complaints.

    Cons

    No cons to reports since company has been sold.


  6. Test Engineer

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vitesse Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mid size company but with interaction like a small size company. Rub shoulders with experienced design engineers. Get exposure to a lot of different areas.

    Cons

    Wear a lot of hats without specializing in any one specific area. Budgets for equipment tend to run tight.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to work load and don't jump from one idea to another without time to be thorough.


  7. Positive Experience

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

    Pros

    Good place to work; excellent product ideas

    Cons

    Execution is plagued by delays


  8. great people, bad situation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    poor upper management. too many financial issues from past management haunting current management.


  9. One Upon A Time

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    Former Employee - Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vitesse Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relatively easy for anyone living in Ventura County to commute to. Used to be a great company. Great for anyone eager to accept a lot of responsibility. Best place for design engineers and executives.

    Cons

    Since 2006 company has been on steady decline. The management changeout has left employees in the dark most of the time. Individual departments and facilities do not play well together. Upper management changes direction at least semi-annually. Now, it's all about the VP level and above (including the BOD)

    Advice to Management

    Learn to really communicate - actions speak louder than words. Your employees are not stupid, that's why you keep them around (presumably). The cheerleading isn't working. Get rid of the Chris Gardner fan club and hire in some experienced, qualified VPs that can get the job done, not just say "mission accomplished".


  10. okay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly co-workers and challenging projects

    Cons

    less than average compensation package

    Advice to Management

    improve compensation package


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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freindly colleagues, work culture is casual

    Cons

    below market salary and compensation

    Advice to Management

    NA



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