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Updated February 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Tons of work to do, which means you can learn a lot of new stuff and gain a broad view of development (in 6 reviews)

  • Nice work environment and good ERP system (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is slightly disturbing (in 10 reviews)

  • Awful culture, and you are expected to work long hours (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent execution"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Engineers and Products. Excellent Execution.

    Cons

    Need lots of effort to achieve Pros which is unavoidable.


  2. "Competitive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MaxLinear full-time

    Pros

    Competitive work;
    Learned colleagues;
    Love the coffee!

    Cons

    Less work life balance;
    Still functions like a small company in terms of projects and management style.

  3. "Principal Engineer"

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    Former Employee - CA- California in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - CA- California in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High Salary, RSU and stocks

    Cons

    Management ask work over weekend very often

    Advice to Management

    To be more professional


  4. "Pro-Operations"

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

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

    Pros

    Good team of TEs and PEs in Operations. Nice new Ops lab - bright and shiny. Ops team has proven their worth and usually have management backing to get needed info from other engineering groups to do their job.

    Cons

    Broadcom-centric, so if you didnt come from there then you are sub-par and have something to prove. Acquisitions are stretching the group thin - engineers and mgrs.


  5. "Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technical responsibility from day one. Great place for young engineers. Cutting edge work and "first in market" designs. The design and product teams are excellent at getting products delivered to market.

    Cons

    Engineer's growth is secondary to resource allocation for projects. Engineers' goals are not a priority during reviews. Clarity on what employees will do from week to week is not given importance.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "I gave high praise to engineers there but very low grade to top management"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was fun working with various capable engineers there.

    Cons

    The biased top management always favored/groomed a small group of people in their pocket and ignored/mistreated the people they don't like no matter what contributions those people made. Also they laid off people without justifiable causes.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to everybody and don't let your personal feelings get in the way. After all Naxlinear is a public company not your own home which can be run by any style you like. Also what happened to "Maxlinear never laid off people with good performance" that once a director said?


  7. "Great Place To Work"

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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

    Very Relaxed
    Still has that Small feel
    Great Management
    Constant Growth of the Company
    Sensitive to what will give maximum value to the company

    Cons

    Heavy in Set Top Box (a potentially declining industry)
    Not a lot of learning opportunities (focus on what you know)
    A little on the cheap side (it helps with the bottom line, but at a cost)

    Advice to Management

    As you grow, look to great examples like Bill&Dave (of HP) to keep attracting and holding onto the golden employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fast growing company"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is growing fast, so is the stock price. RSU granted earlier pays off.

    Cons

    Work system is not organized well compared to the bigger company.
    Most of managers do micro management.


  9. "Do yourself a favor and look for something else"

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

    I worked at MaxLinear full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks and hot beverages in the kitchen

    Cons

    Long hours, zero appreciation, pure company culture

    Advice to Management

    Your company is growing fast and you have a great team in each department. Make your employees feel more valued and appreciated


  10. "Recommends this company"

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

    I have been working at MaxLinear part-time

    Pros

    Very good friendly colleagues and good work environment.

    Cons

    The compenation is a little less.

    MaxLinear Response

    Aug 21, 2017 – recruiting manager

    Thank you for your input. We work to ensure our employees are compensated appropriately for their role and overall contribution to our successes.


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