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Exar Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "Exar is not bad"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In general, Exar has competent employees who are nice people. There are lots of people with 10 or more years at the company who manage to keep the company going.

    Cons

    Exar has a broad focus for such a relatively small company (about 500 employees). It is easy for the smaller projects to get lost among the handful of larger projects.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "So far so good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are nice here and I have good time to work with them.

    Cons

    Projects could be cut after spending so much time on it.


  7. "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


  8. "Good Leader - Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Exar full-time

    Pros

    Top managements knows what they are doing. HR did a great job in developing the company's benefit package.

    Cons

    Low salary, especially for Silicon Valley.

    Advice to Management

    Review salary's for hourly employees and middle wage earners.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


  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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