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  1. "eval exar"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Exar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good products, but need more experienced people

    Cons

    Unfriendly environment. No recognition of good work

    Advice to Management

    Get sobe


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Sizable engineering layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Code Monkey in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Code Monkey in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous benefits, good people working there, interesting projects over the years.

    Cons

    No longer interested in doing complex circuit design. Laid off multiple engineering teams in the past couple of months. Not interested in investing in / developing new chips "if they take more than one spin." Little long-term growth potential for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on how long you can milk existing "core" product lines and invest in developing new technology. Put your desire to have an "old school" culture on hold and wake up to the silicon valley of the 20th (!) century or you won't be able to hire anyone worthwhile.


  3. "need market research"

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    Former Employee - Design Director in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Design Director in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    reasonable work time frame

    Cons

    need to reserch main market stream

    Advice to Management

    need to invest Development and Marketing


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  5. "Working to become relevant in Analog"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with

    Cons

    Layoffs from time to time as company works to improve market share


  6. "applications engineer"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of activities for employee.

    Cons

    bad management and hard to communicate with the upper managers

    Advice to Management

    great stock options


  7. "Never a Bride"

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    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenient east bay location and ample parking.

    Cons

    As a former 15-year employee, Exar has been circling the drain for at least two years.VP-level staff over compensated; all are awaiting acquisition. Current CEO (scorched earth management style) started at $500k in 2012, now another $100k in 2014. Annual revenues the same; stock price essentially the same. What are shareholders getting?

    Advice to Management

    Take company private, sell off acquisitions and technologies, retire management.


  8. "Focused Stable Industry Leader"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have a great team to work with. Flexible work at home policy. All of the team I work with impress me with their professionalism and general product and customer knowledge. Have had numerous opportunities to lean new skills in my profession.

    Cons

    Have found that annual reviews have been sporadic and sometimes did not occur in certain years. Would like to get documented feedback on how I am doing.

    Advice to Management

    Vacation policy requiring taking time off in specific quarters is a bit annoying. Some like to accumulate and take longer duration vacations. The typical 2 week vacation at initial hire.


  9. "Goes no where fast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some interesting products, that can be competitive
    Some good dedicated people
    New products are starting to come out that should help in the future. Many trying to improve some of these aspects but little support from management.

    Cons

    Very few Sales people left.
    No Marketing people left
    No Brand in the Market
    4 unpaid days off every qtr.
    Lots of new people from acquisitions, some culture clashes going on.
    Many good employees are still being laid off or leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Sell quickly, business is being starved.


  10. "Hard work, unfortunately not always appreciated"

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    Former Employee - Sfaff Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sfaff Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depends on who your manager is - Your work life can range from good to miserable

    Cons

    For several years, ended up working almost every other weekend


  11. "Exar is nice, but not a place to grow."

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exar has a nice soccer field and tennis court on site. Located conveniently at the center of the east bay.

    Cons

    Marketing is not doing well in defining the product directions and specifications on existing products. With the lack of organization, marketing people seem out of place.

    Advice to Management

    Exar has been transformed ever since the new CEO is in place, whether or not if this is lead to a positive change, the current CEO has done a tremendous achievement in terms of the stock price.



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