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MaxLinear Reviews

Updated December 25, 2018
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MaxLinear CEO Dr. Kishore Seendripu
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  • "The work/life balance is completely off in this company" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Too many micro management from different levels to cut in while you were set to finished another task" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to Grow With"

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

    I have been working at MaxLinear full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of potential for hands-on interactions with products to make a difference in the Company.
    - Open communication between managers/ staff
    - The CEO is hands-on and is very proud of his company; it shows. He seems to know everyone's name

    Cons

    The Company does not have very many frills; they offer snacks/espresso machine each day. Celebrates with snacks for little events like 3-day weekends and Holiday party each year. I would rather be paid the money the Company would spend on extra silly stuff anyway, so it is not a big deal.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Had a hard time"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IC Design Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - IC Design Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really really have no idea.

    Cons

    The CTO is the worst people I have met in my life. I really hope I will never see him in my rest of life.

    Advice to Management

    It’s a hostile environment.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MaxLinear full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kishore is a visioner. He really knows where is the right direction to go. The company is a good place to new graduates and jr. careers, expecting lots instructions technical or not. Nice working environment, Reasonable salary and bonus.

    Cons

    Management was always the issue. Too many micro management from different levels to cut in while you were set to finished another task. Less experienced team leads and low/mid managers on projects’ schedule planning and executing. (Un-reasonable schedule leads to the very pushing deadline. It’s not just happened on a single project. It’s on all projects.)
    Do not fully trust your manager’s opinion/suggestion, especially, when there is no another manager around and willing to prove that it wasn’t your idea to do it this way. There are different fractions in this company and your manager won’t back you up if thing goes bad.

    Advice to Management

    Kishore, you are a great leader and it’s a honor to be working with you. I always remember “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes to find the right solutions”. Unfortunately, there are always other ppl who are waiting for these mistakes and won’t even admit that was their idea.


  4. "Growing company"

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

    Pros

    friendly employee, growing company with lots of fun event

    Cons

    many changes as company grows.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Applications Engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The types of work is definitely not boring. You get quite a bit of mixed of SW and HW type of customer and internal product dev support work. So, if you are an ambitious engineer wishing to learn complete product cycles, then this the company for you.

    Cons

    The company for some reason gets political. Sometimes you get a feeling that people don't trust one another. I think it's the cultural thing coming from the top. But as long as you stick to your work, which you should have plenty, you are OK.


  6. "Major micro managing, individual talents are subdued, cheap company, 9AM-6PM hours???"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Desperate, will hire anybody willing to take a job

    Cons

    Very cheap and under appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Work is work, but we all have a life or family to take care of. Where is the flexible hours, no work life balance!


  7. "bad work/life balance, long work hours"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company provides some snacks, some friendly colleagues

    Cons

    long work hours, no 401K match

  8. Helpful (2)

    "SW Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast pace
    Tone of experience, not locked down to a single task

    Cons

    Management seem to only look at the bottom line


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Finance and Accounting Departments are a JOKE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MaxLinear full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, A few nice managers

    Cons

    There are far to many directors/managers in the Finance and Accounting Department. One in particular who is a directory is absolutely useless and cannot do a thing for herself. She relies on everyone else to do it for her. Her position is pointless and if her boss had any clue as to what her job was he would have gotten rid of her a long time ago.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your abundance of useless Directors!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MaxLinear full-time

    Pros

    Management is horrible, including HR

    Cons

    Leave as early as possble