I worked at Magma Design (More than 8 years)
I had a great 10 years at Magma (2001 through 2011). Great opportunities at a company that even as it grew to more than 1,000 employees still kept its startup spirit.
Growth was fast, which was fun but also stressful.
if you are technically good, you will thrive.
high work pressure as the company is always pushing the technology envelope with fewer resources then its competitors
Lack of politics, merit oriented company
Medium sized company in a competitive industry
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I worked at Magma Design full-time (More than 8 years)
best ever company to work , all employee or management had never give attitude .. great working environment
i didnt find any during my tenure of eight years
I worked at Magma Design full-time (More than a year)
This was by far the best people I have worked with. It was managed by a very able and approachable technical manager. Nobody bothered about dress code, or timing, or formal communication when it could be conveyed casually. Everyone, including the manager, trusted everybody else, and I have never seen anybody break that trust.
The domain being EDA, work was quite challenging and exciting.
Playing around with ideas and trying to incorporate those ideas in the code was not only accepted but highly encouraged. And by this I do not mean the so called "innovation week" every company seems to have. The seniors were absolutely helpful and friendly, never "demanding" any respect. Of course they did not have to; by their own virtues they got it anyway. They were also among the best technical mentors I have ever had.
Oh, and free lunch. :-)
When I was working, due to recession and legal battles, the pay was good but not very good (though there were employee stock options). From what I have heard Synopsys has rectified this situation to some extent.
Also, since such companies have a very flat hierarchy, if you want to become a manager as quickly as possible, this is definitely not the ideal company for you.
Advice to Management
Please don't let the fun and trust die in the web of corporate processes.
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