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Microsemi Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Opportunities galore"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsemi full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management is open to ideas, and constantly changing the organization to adapt to the market or the the non-stop acquisitions made. Constant influx of technologies into the company, and increasing scale make work challenging but fun.

    Cons

    With so many acquisitions and changes, some times it is a hard place to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep buying, keep evolving, and try to standardize systems to scale better.


  2. "shadow management"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Beverly, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    No micro management...actually little management

    Cons

    Politics, good 'ol boys sub culture with no intensions of changing

    Microsemi Response

    May 19, 2017 – VP Channel and Outbound Marketing

    We value all feedback from current and former employees, so thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are looking into this further and collecting additional feedback from employees to ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior mechanical engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    respect the engineer and science

    Cons

    management change too frequently, supply chain is incapable

    Advice to Management

    R&D needs some encouragement and focus.


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  5. "Sr. Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    can't think of any, job is is limbo quarter by quarter

    Cons

    poor upper management on a daily basis

    Microsemi Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – VP Channel and Outbound Marketing

    We have been trying to improve the amount of visibility we provide to our employees in terms of product roadmap and market conditions. We encourage you to contact your local HR representative to ask ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and friendly and willing to help with anything you may need. There is not too much work and there is a good amount of down time but it isn't to bad because you do get to learn a lot about the field. There is also always for in the office which is nice.

    Cons

    Everyone is older and you don't work with any other interns so the environment isn't fun for college students.

    Advice to Management

    great job!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsemi full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A paycheck - until such time as lay offs occur - which is an ongoing event..

    Cons

    Zero advancement. Division(s) as well as corporate does not care about employees, even long terms employees.
    Decisions are made based on short term goals.
    The companies future is limited, based on financial decisions which are made on a quarterly basis (especially end of the quarter).

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees and the value they bring to the company.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Depressing atmosphere, no reward for merit"

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    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location in San Jose (Silicon valley), decent health care plans, strong space product lineup and industry positioning due to differentiated flash and anti-fuse technologies.

    Cons

    I'm talking about my experience as a hardware engineer at the SoC division - San Jose N 1st Street location in my review.

    -Poor Atmosphere to work, Poor compensation
    The atmosphere was extremely depressing, very few if any people was happy to work there. The compensation was at-least $40k under par for the Bay Area for Junior or mid level engineers with talent - The glassdoor salaries are lower than industry but some groups get even less.
    Bonuses were 50 hours per year. 50 hours of salary. Think about that for a moment before putting in hours of overtime at no pay.

    -Lack of innovation and risk
     I also felt that I could not contribute to my fullest because any good idea was being pushed back saying its too risky or complicated. There was a lack of motivation and a lack of innovation.

    -Post employment bliss
    After moving on from Micro-semi, I have realized that there are a lot better things out there for hardware and software engineers. I have contributed more to my current employer in 1 year than I have in the 4 years I stayed at Micro-semi and have been rewarded accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Talented engineers and innovation (risk - and associated reward) are not prioritized and management appreciates longer lengths of employment over merit - This is clear for yearly reviews where you get a 4.5-4.7/5 and a minuscule raise with 50 working hours of bonus! 50 hours for working hard the whole year?!

    The merit situation is also evident by the badge colors where preference was given to employees who stayed many years. Purple badges are contractors, Blue is under 5 years, Red 5-10, White 10-15, Silver 15-20, Gold 20+. Why have an incentive system which prioritizes long term employment and demoralizes new employees?

    The sole reason for SoC division not going out of business is because of the decision to use Flash and Anti-fuse on FPGAs make it inherently a differentiated product in the space and industrial markets.Red 5-10, White 10-15, Silver 15-20, Gold 20+. Why have an incentive system which prioritizes long employment and demoralizes new employees?

    Microsemi Response

    May 22, 2017 – VP Channel and Outbound Marketing

    We are glad you recognized our strong product lineup, differentiated industry positioning and decent health care programs here in the San Jose area. Our base pay offering is bench-marked to be ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsemi (More than a year)

    Pros

    Multiple projects. Good sharing within employee.

    Cons

    Management keeps most of the information to themselves. No clear direction. Finger pointing within groups.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Be professional


  10. "Good company to grow professionally."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Precision Assembler III in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Precision Assembler III in Beverly, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good schedule. friendly supervisors, diversity

    Cons

    Lack of comnunication in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to you and make sure the have what they need to improve the work.


  11. "Customer Service Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    My direct manager was super knowledgeable about the business. She was open to mentoring me.

    Cons

    upward mobility is slow. They were actively looking for ways to ship any job oversee to cut costs

    Advice to Management

    give raises to your superstar employees


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