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PMC-Sierra Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
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Pros
  • work-life balance can be pretty good once you figure out which deadlines are actually important (in 13 reviews)

  • Great company, great salary and benefits, good people work there (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • slow career growth, long hours without acknowledgment or reward (in 5 reviews)

  • Career development and continuous learning opportunities also fell by the wayside (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Has been good"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were good. can't complain

    Cons

    Sold before realizing the full potential of its products. lead to little dilution of its profits.

    Advice to Management

    look after employees


  2. "Senior Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good teams in the Sunnyvale facility.

    Cons

    PMC was acquired by Microsemi. Lacked communication from upper management. Very little was done to motivate employees.

  3. "Good team, bad managment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They have a Quality Technical team and proects

    Cons

    It suffers from Poor Managment


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good work environment, diverse product lines for a small company"

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    Former Employee - Firmware Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Firmware Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlike many other companies, the CEO and upper management actually understand the product catalog and can have a meaningful technical conversation. This generally leads to better high-level decisions about product lines and R&D planning.

    Cons

    The Houston office is small with not a lot of room for growth. If you want long-term career advancement options as an engineer, you'd be better off in one of the offices in California or British Columbia.

    Product engineering schedules are usually set by marketing/sales teams, and rarely have any connection to reality (e.g. only scheduling a week for a month-long hardware prototype test process). The result is an environment where everyone is running around putting out proverbial fires and there's no time to improve processes and do things the right way.


  5. "Product Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, nice office, Starbucks Coffee within the office

    Cons

    Employees lacking passion, food in the cafeteria is expensive and not good

    Advice to Management

    Make the work place exciting


  6. "Firmware Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Firmware Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work environment, managers, co-workers, Pay, benefits

    Cons

    no lunch and no transportation

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  7. "I enjoyed my experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good overall benefits package. Lots of technology, challenging work. Teams are committed to success. Good opportunities for motivated employees. First and second line managers care.

    Cons

    Like a lot of tech companies there was quite a bit of schedule erosion due to constant feature creep from customers. Some sacrifice of long term commitment for short term gains.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce more rigid customer relations. Stay committed to long term goals and opportunity markets.

  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Invests in employees, management is listening to employees

    Cons

    People are sometimes not accountable for failures


  9. "Good to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes management planning is not good


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Okay but in transition"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team within my organization and also a flexibility to let me do what is needed to get the work done.

    Cons

    In the midst of a takeover and so it has become difficult to get everyone to focus. This is just the nature of the beast.

    Advice to Management

    I think we just need to get through being bought and then it will settle down. Ultimately time will tell if that is the case.


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