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Imagination Technologies Hardware Design Engineer Reviews

Updated August 20, 2017
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  • Good work/life balance in the job (in 17 reviews)

  • good work, good people, nice work environment (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Hardware Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Hardware Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Better salary and work environment

    Cons

    NO bonuses only a bit of performance salary raise at the end of year


  2. Helpful (1)

    "IP Verification Engineer - SystemVerilog and UVM testbench development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Imagination Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    fresh design work
    not a huge company

    Cons

    IT infrastructure needs much improvement. They are working on it.

    Advice to Management

    Get your US employees working harder. There is a decided lack of motivation in some departments, it seems.

    Work from home should be treated as follows.....
    You can have work from home, but not on Monday or Friday (seems to blend into a long wknd).
    work-from-home is a privilege. You should be able to come into the office on those days. For any recurring weekly work-from-home day, there should be an automatic program that with some probability (maybe 10%, but manager could set), will reject the work-from-home and send email that worker should go in that day. (Too many folks act like they are entitled to it and are inflexible. When I hear a meeting that is going to be set up and someone says "Oh, that is my work from home day, and the mtg gets pushed out, it makes me want to become manager and kick some butt. With some random roll of the dice that work-from-home may be retracted at any time, every work-from-home-er knows that they might have to go into work that day and they don't plan a day full of errands. It'll keep ppl on their toes.) Face-to-face communication is very important. Yahoo did the right thing by reeling in work-from-home.

    There is talk the IMG is too tight on salaries. IMG-US has lost some stellar people in the US, afaik.

  3. "Simply no"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Kings Langley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Kings Langley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imagination Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, chance to do something interesting, one of the few companies designing hardware near london area. Good as a first job.

    Cons

    No salary progression, limited benefits, poor management and no training possibilities are the main shortcomings. Feels like a startup which hasn't scaled up properly.

    Advice to Management

    Needs an overhaul


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Hardware Design Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Hardware Design Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imagination Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment. Good people. Pleasant atmosphere. Flexible working hours. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Salary is low given the location.

    Advice to Management

    In order to keep talented graduates who are attracted to Imagination given its proximity to London, the salaries should be reflecting the cost of living in London.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, nice atmosphere, high tech work."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Hardware Design Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Hardware Design Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imagination Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great for exposure to hardware design cycle, challenging work, a unique experience, nice canteen. Good atmosphere in the office. I've learned a lot.

    Cons

    Poor documents, weak project management and structure. Don't socialise much outside of teams. The day to day is pretty routine, I get bored doing the same thing day in day out.

    Advice to Management

    Better dissemination of best practices. Outline best practices. There should be more interest in career development at each level that follows a structure. Mentoring, management development, coding etc.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "So close and yet so far."

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    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Kings Langley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Kings Langley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really great things about working here. The people and atmosphere is pleasant, and except when there's a deadline, it's easy for work to be fairly flexible. A good place for someone with a family or dependents.

    Cons

    Imagination doesn't really value its employees. Salaries are low, career progression is almost non-existent, and projects are managed badly leading to wasted effort and frustration. These could be fixed if management took a more proactive approach and realized that they need to invest in their greatest asset.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees and get to know them better. Invest in training, career progression, sort out your atrocious project management and make Imagination a place where people are getting more from working there than just a below-average salary.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting projects but vision for the future"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Kings Langley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Kings Langley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imagination Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects in the CPU and GPU design fields. Very good canteen and very nice new buildings in Kings Langley.

    Cons

    After the recent acquisition of MIPS, the processes and projects were still quite muddled.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and train your managers to be actual managers, especially people skills.

  8. "Great place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Kings Langley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Kings Langley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imagination Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Img definitely boost your skills. I did started here as a graduate engineer and the amount of skills and useful things I've learned here is huge.

    Cons

    After 4 to 5 years of working for IMG, the prospects of career development become not very common and the feeling of "getting stuck" becomes pretty noticeable.

    Advice to Management

    Project analisedneeds to be analysed to assess if the person in charge is actually the most idoneus one. Many projects have managers that "happen to be there" for historical reasons more than for their management skills. That delays projects and make engineers unhappy.


  9. "Excellent Company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imagination Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work quality; high quality development work from scratch on latest technologies. Good work-life balance; flexi timings

    Cons

    No rotation among teams makes work monotonous after some time.
    Management is little narrow-minded about giving higher designations even to deserving candidates; while higher job responsibilities are given

    Advice to Management

    Should be more open to giving people a chance to work in different sub-teams/projects as per their interest; should also be more open-minded about promotions


  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imagination Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team. Everybody ready to help each other. I learned a lot from my work.

    Cons

    Need to work with more aggressive. Some time we are moving very slow.