Vitesse Semiconductor Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. 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.

  2. Test Engineer

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  3. Positive Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vitesse Semiconductor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work; excellent product ideas

    Cons

    Execution is plagued by delays

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  5. great people, bad situation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

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

  6. One Upon A Time

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    Former Employee - Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Camarillo, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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".

  7. okay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR

    I worked at Vitesse Semiconductor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Vitesse Semiconductor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freindly colleagues, work culture is casual

    Cons

    below market salary and compensation

    Advice to Management

    NA

  9. Helpful (1)

    Downside risks still overhang the business.

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Camarillo, CA

    I worked at Vitesse Semiconductor

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a place to get started for new engineering graduates. Many opportunities exist in the network chip sector.

    Cons

    Industry is highly competitive. Vitesse doesn't hold any market leadership position. Alumni might have limited options once they leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused.

  10. Good working environment, bad finances

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Copenhagen (Denmark)

    I have been working at Vitesse Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment was good, the technology is exciting, and the colleagues are great. Good cafeteria, free beverages. Compensation is OK. Management was good on engineering and HR issues.

    Cons

    The financial situation has been dire since 2001, constant risk of layoffs or closure. Management had no clue about financial issues.

    Advice to Management

    Well, it's too late now, sold to Microsemi. But they really needed to get someone on board who understood finances, maybe things would have turned out differently.

  11. The environment is good.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitesse Semiconductor

    Pros

    You can see any projects info.

    Cons

    I didn't see any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Right now they are doing good.

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