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Updated January 17, 2017
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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 (2)

    "Very bad place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are reasonable but not great.

    Cons

    Very very negative and accusatory environment. No encouragement for creative people to express ideas and improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Institute review of managers by those who report to them. Talented people will not work here unless this happens. Also when you committ to a legal agreement have integrity and honor it. Backing out of signed legal agreements will ultimately lead to disastrous results.


  3. 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.


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  5. "Software developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well established semiconductor company in mixed signal space

    Cons

    Going through lot of changes in management


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Staff Analog Design Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Analog Design Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Power Management IC design job is cool

    Cons

    Fixed on Existing IP, few new designs


  8. Helpful (2)

    "bad management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    good work culture, helpful employees

    Cons

    forced vacations, no perks, unexpected layoffs

    Advice to Management

    respect employees


  9. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some good and dedicated people. Benefits were good. Good technology in some areas.

    Cons

    Too small to be relevant. Too many changes in direction. No investment in infrastructure to support markets they want to play in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on strengths and dominate then sell the company.


  10. "Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Exar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, not bad salary, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Cannot think any cons so far.


  11. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    has an improving product line

    Cons

    too small to compete effectively against big SC companies



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