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  1. 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.


  2. "Software developer"

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    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

  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


  4. 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


  5. "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.


  6. "Below Average Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exar full-time

    Pros

    They have a gym, cafeteria and good location.

    Cons

    Lots of yelling, cursing and finger pointing with Executives. Came from a previous acquisition and was a big clash in culture. This company is very old school, yet they don't really take care of their employees. Old and outdated building.

    Advice to Management

    Take more management classes. Teach your employees to appreciate the company so they don't leave and bring in more qualified workers that they can recommend.


  7. "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.

  8. "poor management"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Engineering in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineering in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    convenient location, great team of people, supportive staff, good facilities and tools support, clean and quiet office, ample parking spaces

    Cons

    bad management, senior managers did not understand what were the issues, making decisions in the office, not knowing what is outside

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees, those actually work hard


  9. "Living in the past"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Decent salary. Commuting is good

    Cons

    Communication are poor. Vision also poor.


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