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Cavium Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance is very bpoor (in 7 reviews)

  • Hope they will improve on 401K matching (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Lab Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and people.

    Cons

    I have had no problems while working here.

    Advice to Management

    Sell-off/write-off unused inventory.


  2. "Allowed to use more of my skills/experience than anywhere else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing silicon technology.
    Damn smart people.
    I enjoy using my broad experience here, less pigeon-holing than any other non-startup I've worked at.

    Cons

    Expect to do the work of 4 normal people.

    Advice to Management

    Should probably hire more fresh-grads and less-experienced people, the current team is amazing but some younger hands might be good.

  3. "marketing director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    One great company to work at. Plenty of fun positions with great growth potential, plenty of new product lines for the company to expand, no politics, no BS.

    Cons

    The CEO is not a big fan of M&A. Previous M&As many years ago weren't very successful. It is truly amazing for the company to grow to its current status without M&A; but in this industry, in the Bay Area, one can do much better with successful M&A.


  4. "Hardware Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, decent learning experience

    Cons

    No Bonus, chances of growth are less


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Middle Management is the problem"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ASIC Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cavium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Small teams
    - High management visibility
    - Stock price rising

    Cons

    - middle management is awful (consisting of newly promoted senior engineers).
    - poor compensation
    - internal performance review structure is not well managed

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in management training for managers with no prior experience.
    - Raise your compensation practices, you won't get the best people if you pay them so poorly.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Good company work wise but below average on compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good people and team
    2. Latest technology to work with
    3. Medium size company so you can get visibility till VP and CEO very easily if you are one of the outstanding performer.

    Cons

    1. Compensation is much lower than average
    2. If you don't negotiate during joining time, you will keep loosing money at least for next 2-3 years since they don't match up your salary with market rate even though you are one of the outstanding performer throughout the year
    3. Poor work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    You should keep top 10% employee happy with one or other way since they are driving the success of the organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Be ready to work hard ..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Fast-paced and full of challenges. A lot of opportunities to take on responsibilities.

    Cons

    "Life-work" balance is difficult to manage.

  8. "Great for fresh graduates"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace to get experience for fresh graduates. Many challenging tasks if you are in the right place. Startup mentality & quick execution.

    Cons

    Not so great if you are in the wrong place


  9. "Exciting Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, cutting edge processes, stimulating work, solvent company

    Cons

    Only 2 weeks vacation. Overal benefit package could be much better.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Its a living"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EE II in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - EE II in Marlborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    fast pace, cutting edge, interesting.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is very bpoor

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling people to put in %150 for the next 6mo 3 times a year.


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