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LSI Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance can be challenging (in 17 reviews)

  • lack of top line growth resulted in the company being acquired by Avago, which has been good for shareholders but not as good for employees (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Your success depends on how well you work with the people above you"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LSI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has a strong combination of benefits that can make the total compensation package more attractive than a straight salary comparison would indicate.
    One of a shrinking number of companies with a sabbatical program.
    The CTO has brought some new vision to the company.

    Cons

    Becoming an increasingly political environment in the upper levels of the organization.
    There has been some kind of "restructuring" every year for as long as I can remember.
    When they try to enter a new market or customer base, they try to build it with insiders with limited experience in the new area. It means the learning curve is long and can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Look past what your being told and speak to the employees again. The CEO frequently did skip levels and sessions with the rank and file when he first started but that has stopped. The connection between the top and bottom of the organization needs to be restored.


  2. "Confused and mediocre at best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At least in sector doing good (Storage controller)

    Cons

    Leadership is too erratic in the sense that the primary goals change too often.
    Too many acquisitions and lay offs.
    Work is not challenging at all (from software engineering perspective)
    Salary is not competitive

    Advice to Management

    I am not an expert. As an employee (software engineer) I have observed the above mentioned issues. That does not necessarily imply I have to have a solution for that.
    There is obviously a reason why the management is failing like it is. And I don't think there is any simple enough solution that even lay person (me) can see. The only general advice (which applies to anyone at any level) would be, make sure you have a mechanism to recognize your own faults.

  3. "Analog Design Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analog Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Analog Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Benefits above average in the industry.
    2. Technology is up to date
    3. Flexible work schedule with work from home options

    Cons

    1. too many layoffs, some of which were never announced
    2. Meetings are redudant and lengthy, and bring down the efficiency at work
    3. Management doesn't care what your career development or professional ambition is.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time connecting with engineering development, rather than talking and playing politics.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Left happily in under a year"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ASIC Customer Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Customer Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LSI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rather well compensated. Hired as brand new college graduate. The initial training program was a lot of fun.

    Cons

    The work was that of a technician, not an engineer. (And actually, just a few years before my arrival they did indeed hire technicians rather than engineers for this job.) The job was basically to run poorly created software tools. When things would go wrong, you would have to review a multi-thousand page document called ASKK. The software developers do not like writing documentation, but they do like writing software, so ASKK was almost always a few versions out of date. As a result, it was nearly impossible to figure out what went wrong. My job became hunting down more senior personnel to see if they could explain why things had gone wrong. This part included reviewing email threads from old projects to see if there was a hint in there explaining the situation (hopefully they had seen similar issues). The employees there were bitter about the job - no one seemed to like it.

    Advice to Management

    The job was touted as a "Design position, good for someone with a lot of ambition". In fact, the position as not a design position at all, but I didn't find this out until I was already employed. I suggest you promote this job for what it is - a stable position good for someone that wants to work a moderate amount (e.g. if he/she wants to have a family).


  5. "employment and career position at lsi"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Assembler in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LSI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    40hrs 1st shift and some areas very easy light work and it industry that seem like it will always be needed even when economy bad

    Cons

    low wages even senior employees complain upper management paid well look it up but the people making them the money lucky to make 20 grand a year

    Advice to Management

    you only pay 8 hr for temps McDonalds pay more that why i see people walk out at lunch borderline sweatshop and lsi one of richest company in cincinnati yet pays the least


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start and build up your salary but not the place to stay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to move positions. Pay is good and it's easy to take time off when you want. There are a number of grey beards in the company to learn from.

    Cons

    Management is incapable of critiquing your work/skills and rarely knows what you do day to day unless you're "the person" that they go to for info. In my eight years with the company, they have never been able to provide anything worthwhile to the question "What can I do to improve". The usual answer is that you're doing great.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to critique employees and provide worthwhile feedback. You're management looks ineffective since they don't know what's going on and can't actually manage a person.

    Ditch the PSU/RSU options, people don't want to be told "Here's your bonus that you'll get in 1 and 2 years if you stay with us but we reserve the right to adjust it before we give it to you". You're a large company with a large cash reserve that can offer cash bonuses.

    Metrics also have gone from being useful to being a means to demotivate. Most want to get a job done, not spend part of the day just worrying about metrics.

    Also, most of the India hires are dragging the company down. There are some great ones that I've consider it a pleasure to work with. Most of the others though are worse than new grads in the US. Take the lead from other companies and start pulling back and use India as a source for support/work on that side of the world rather than a unified US/India team.


  7. "For most of my long career, LSI was a great place to work. During the last 2 years (2007 - 2009), it became an difficult"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Quality in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Director of Quality in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Executive management will not allow challenges that may impact company risk or future success.

    Advice to Management

    The stock price and market cap are good gauges for success over the long term. The past 5-6 years would show that decisions made were not respected by the market nor did they add value to shareholders. Admitting this and taking a different direction would be a good decision.

  8. "bureaucratic, slow adept to changes, no mobility"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relative good benifit; compensation is comparable to similar industries.

    Cons

    bureaucratic management, few advancement oppertunity.


  9. "run far"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Moon Township, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Moon Township, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    people that work there are cool.

    Cons

    management is terrible. they burn so many bridges and lose so many clients that your always switching to a new team. appraisers suck. its like baby sitting. these guys are supposed to be professionals and never turn in there reports bc lsi pays them so low that they are last on the list of things to do. then managers yell at you bc the reports arent in.

    Advice to Management

    wake up


  10. "Old-style hierarchial just do your job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    LSI allows virtual office work at home so you don't need to be there every day.
    The people are fun and the work stress is low. and the best part is that the
    cafeteria is very good.

    Cons

    Very few promotions - the job you get when you start is the only position you will ever have.
    there are lots and lots of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    get deeply and emotionally involved with the people by
    getting hands dirty - learn the ropes - do the Undercover Boss thing.


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