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OmniVision Technologies Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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OmniVision Technologies President, CEO, and Director Shaw Hong
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Pros
  • Nice atmosphere and nice people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Stable job environment, suitable for married couples (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not considered important at this company (in 6 reviews)

  • Extremely top-heavy, micromanaging senior management focused on cost-cutting, tracking employees, and taking shortcuts in business decisions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Cool stuff to be seen"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything needs a camera these days so we work with really cool customers and are in cool things, yoga and zoomba classes, great offsites,

    Cons

    Nice to have a gym but it could be improved some, not great commuter benefits, fairly strict anti-work from home policy.

    Advice to Management

    People don't need to be sitting at their desk to be efficient, working from home can be more productive in some circumstances.

    OmniVision Technologies Response

    Apr 5, 2017 – HR Training Manager

    Thank you for being a member of the team and for your feedback. We are excited about the opportunities ahead. You're right, our technology is far-reaching and innovative; the partnerships we... More


  2. "Experience varies to team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health plan. Green card support.

    Cons

    Some teams has horrible development style and the entire team get stuck in this weird circle of unreasonable demands and intentional insubordination.
    All teams have the "Chinese parenting" managerial style: you are presumed to not know anything and will suffer for speaking up.
    Some managers seem to enjoy having team members watching out and telling on each other. It's silly.

    Advice to Management

    Have fun

  3. "If you enjoy working long hours and low pay."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The health plans is free and if you are single that is one of the best plans out there. if you have a family then it is in line with other companies.

    Cons

    I suppose depend on if you are in the right department or not. In my department it is long hour and no way you can get a promotion. I was working there for the last 6 years and I still have the same title as I do when I left.

    I feel like the company has some trust issues. I was not able to check personal emails, share things via USB. I feel like the IT team is thinking everybody is trying to take IP from the company. If I really wanted to I can take what ever I want.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employeees a little more.

    OmniVision Technologies Response

    Jun 26, 2017 – HR Training Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We always look forward to hearing from our employees and former teammates. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed our employee health benefits. We offer the best options... More


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Procurement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OmniVision Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hands off management, processes and procedures in place

    Cons

    limited avenues for advancement, No cultural training, No HR alignment, no monitoring. If your not Chinese which represents 90 percent of the company it is hard to integrate

    Advice to Management

    When I began at Omni vision I had a group of three, Clearly two full time employees left strictly due to management style, expectations and attitude. What's worse is the HR team which does not like conflict never addressed this manager. I personally gave him the benefit of the doubt and handled the full workload for two months...Only allowing them enough time to replace me with a worker on an H1 visa. The company is only about cost cutting and has no consideration for employee personalization, cohesion between teams , or employee advancement. Its in no way aligns with smaller or larger structured Tech Corporations you find within the Silicon valley ..Beware!!

    OmniVision Technologies Response

    May 22, 2017 – HR Training Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. It's important that we recognize everyone's perspective and welcome the opportunity to discuss challenging situations at any time. All of our... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Be Warned"

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    Former Employee - Associate Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good pay and benefits

    Cons

    No training, poor communication, no real cohesion beyond a handful of small groups of employees who don't necessarily constistute the whole of any "team." Overall, chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Build stronger communication and organization within and between departments. Have more standard SOPs for employees at every level. Keep everyone in the loop and working like a well-oiled machine. A body whose organs do not work in harmony is in poor health and doesn't have long to live.

    OmniVision Technologies Response

    Apr 4, 2017 – HR Training Manager

    We appreciate your feedback; thank you for taking the time to share. We are happy that you enjoyed our compensation and health benefit programs while you were here. Our benefits are the best in... More


  6. "A place that allows you to thrive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to innovate and develop something new, this is the place for you, you will get support from management as long as you present the business case well.

    Cons

    pretty typical semiconductor company, cost-savings sometimes is overly emphasized.

    Advice to Management

    learn new management styles from the new silicon valley companies, pay more attention on creating fun work environment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK place if you need a job."

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OmniVision Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Technology driven, lot of stuff to explore. Compensation and benefits in-line with other semiconductor companies. Most managers and coworkers are kind. Relatively stable job.

    Cons

    Lack of due process because a small inner circle decides almost everything. Many managers do little on performance review. Always in lack of workforce so you'll be busy and sometimes distracted. Everything is running in a cost saving way including dated facilities, lab equipments and very low budget for business travel.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to treat your people better and acquire talents think differently rather than implying current employees to give better reviews on Glassdoor.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fair place for most groups but not marketing"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pays fair
    - Keep up efforts to compensate for various stock elements even after going private
    - Reward and value loyalty
    - Strong sales team and strong customer relationships in China

    Cons

    - lack of high level coherent strategy or vision
    - if you are not in the "inner circle" then your inputs don't matter
    - Heavy focus on cost cutting and very short sighted in terms of cost vs. growth
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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative technology. Staff at my location were professional and hard working.

    Cons

    Communications with HQ in Silicon Valley very stilted.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Learning and development is embraced"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been here for a couple of months and I am happy to brag about the new leadership workshops that have been introduced. They have been very well received and we're learning a lot.

    Cons

    My building could use more natural light ... but other than that ... very happy.


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