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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. "Good Leader - Good Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "A big No No"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Exar full-time

    Pros

    Hard work appreciated by US
    Nice team to work with

    Cons

    No matter how gd you are, you wl be remain unappreciated if mgt doesnt like you
    Retrench as they like bt favourable towards own kind
    Lack of tech support to resolve issues n to hv perm solutions
    With changeover, none is happy n simply counting days or looking for surprises when wl get retrenched.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very bad place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Sizable engineering layoffs"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "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


  9. 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


  10. "need market research"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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