Cavium - Good products, decent engineering, below-average benefits | Glassdoor
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"Good products, decent engineering, below-average benefits"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Cavium full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

The company has managed to get products out the door that reasonably meet the market needs and win designs. Starting from the early security processors all the way through the current multicore processor, the technology has been world-leading.
I've been here 9 years, and the work hasn't grown stale - there's always some new angle, wrinkle to it, new technology to learn.
The executives demonstrated unusual leadership by taking a major pay cut when we had serious financial trouble. Even now, the salaries are reasonable (though the total compensation package is starting to look out of line).

Cons

The process of getting products defined is very chaotic - it causes a lot of confusion with our early customers, our field, and our engineering team as features come and go.
The benefits are fairly poor, by valley standards. Pay levels are OK, but the vacation policy (starts at 2w, rises to 3w - and that's it) is poor. There's a broad array of medical options, but the company kick-in covers only the very bottom. There's a very minimal 401k company contribution.
Middle management has been promoted from within, often without any formal training, so you have engineers becoming average-to-worse managers.

Advice to Management

Improve benefits, and especially vacation policies. Make your employees feel valued, not like they are replaceable cogs.

Other Employee Reviews for Cavium

  1. "Good semiconductor company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, lot of opportunities for learning.

    Cons

    More focus required on software to support the hardware solutions


  2. "Excellent"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cavium as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent company and I would recommend it to my friends.

    Cons

    None as it is already great.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent

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