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Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "production specialist"

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    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are friendly, nice, and helpful. The environment was calm and productive.

    Cons

    Manufacturing was outsource, people were laid off.

    Advice to Management

    We did not get a raise for a few years. They should be more mindful and caring towards their employees.


  2. "Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Exar full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyable environment to work and coworkers are friendly

    Cons

    Too much pressure from the boss

    Advice to Management

    Consider the what's good for the engineers

  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.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Design Engineer"

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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


  6. "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


  7. "Design Engineer"

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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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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