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Exar Reviews

Updated April 18, 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. "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


  3. "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


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "A jumbled company"

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    Former Employee - Director Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Director Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, many industry veterans with a wealth of knowledge and experience

    Cons

    Management was chasing high-end data com and storage customers but not resourced to support them

    Advice to Management

    New management as of Q1 is refocusing company on power ICs...good idea


  8. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Fremont, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Financially secure company with a long history ( 40 years). A lot of employees have been with the company 10+ or 20+ years. A good work environment, friendly people, expectations are reasonable and coworkers are helpful. Compensation and benefits are both reasonable-- not outstanding, but fair. By Silicon Valley standards, a stable company where you know what you're going to get.

    Cons

    Exar struck me as overly resistant to change, which isn't a big surprise given how long it has been around. I also felt that Exar lacked an identity in a way that no other place I've worked has. What makes Exar Exar? I guess the fact that it's been around for 40 years-- every other place I've worked has something more tangible: advantages in customer service, engineering or pricing, etc. But for Exar I could never put my finger on it-- except to say that it's been around 40 years.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what Exar does well and stick with it.


  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. "Engineer"

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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


  11. "just so so"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Exar full-time

    Pros

    relaxed, not very busy, balanced, elastic work time,

    Cons

    no new product, short IT resource, need better internal management flow



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