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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. "Interesting experience..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Internal Auditor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Internal Auditor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility with working from home (sort of)
    - Decent medical benefits
    - Great size if you want exposure to upper management at headquarters
    - People in the Burnaby (Vancouver) office were great to work with.

    Cons

    - Department was tightly run with an extremely hands on approach.
    - Allowed to work from home, but was constantly requesting for status updates via online chat, email, or even text on personal phone.
    - Always rushing to get things done with no room for error and felt like a sweatshop.
    - No company culture to speak of at the Sunnyvale headquarters. It was like a ghost town sometimes at HQ.

    Advice to Management

    I'm a firm believer that just because someone has years of experience in a profession, that does not mean he/she is meant to be a leader.


  2. "Not an exciting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility, Good Work life balance

    Cons

    No proper mentoring for interns

  3. "Good learning opportunity but frustrating design culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    - small chip company: possible to learn many aspects of chip design in short span of time
    - focus on documentation increases opportunity for self-learning
    - reasonably collegial culture: people are friendly, back-stabbing or sabotage are rare

    Cons

    - bureaucratic yet under-resourced, so central resources (IT, CAD) suffer substantially yet dictate policies far and wide
    - poor benefits
    - geography disbursed design community makes collaboration difficult
    - limited revenue growth potential
    - risk-adverse culture results in product losers
    - average/weak engineering talent
    - very political organizational structure
    - weak central CAD group

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management by half. Decentralize CAD so as to empower design groups to make their own decisions, allowing project priorities can align with product excellence rather than adherence to flows and methodologies of dubious value.


  4. "Very bad place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PMC was not a good place to work in. Too much politics . Sr Management was pretty incompetent. Most of the good work was controlled by people in Burnaby

    Cons

    Too much politics
    All the good work moved to Burnaby
    Managers were bad at schedules.
    Though smart engineers,good process etc

    Advice to Management

    Don't concentrate all the work in Burnaby
    Give competitive salaries
    Middle managers need to be better at scheduling.
    More foresight.


  5. "Poor discipline, long hours and job insecurity"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, willing to talk face to face. Technical experts willing to share with others. Doing technically challenging work, sometimes leading edge. Very good quality standards, and eager to maintain good customer relationships.

    Cons

    R&D design team does not respect other groups,rejects new ideas or approaches. There is no good sense of discipline, with frequent schedule slips. Designers mess up key features with no consequences. Dysfunctional behavior: confrontations, put downs, yelling in meetings or e-mails; but these disappear when talking face to face. A lot of churning through procedures and red-tape. Layoffs occur frequently, with no good reasons why. Very top heavy with management. International company but very Canadian centric, not open to other ideas or cultures.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on accountability starting with the top VP, schedules and cost. Avoid acquisitions that are too expensive and take too long to pay off; much money was lost purchasing companies that never delivered. New CEO shows promise improving discipline, but culture is entrenched.


  6. "Leftover from the 2000 tech bubble"

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

    Pros

    Acceptable pay. 401k match vests from day 1.

    Cons

    Weak managment team. Group is full of old HP/Agilent employees who do not want to make hard decisions. Limited growth opportunity as most markets served are mature.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate new talent at the director level in the management chain.


  7. "Average company with poor Canadian value system. C player compared to other companies in the Bay Area."

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

    Pros

    It's possible to learn about different markets, applications, and technologies. It's a very technology-oriented company.

    Cons

    PMC treats its employees poorly compared to other companies in the valley. It continues to lag the market and other companies its size. It has a very Canadian attitude, which doesn't cut it in Silicon Valley where there are better managed as well as truly innovative in the products that it offers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some better management. Truly innovate and try to create a better work environment for your employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company if you DON'T value your work, time, or intelligence."

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    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package. Relatively successful. Lots of down time to work on whatever you want.

    Cons

    Morale is terrible due to unexciting work and frequent layoffs. Middle managers are concerned primarily with their own advancement/recognition. Little collaboration or respect for new ideas. Dysfunctional QA/Development relationship. 90 day plans de-emphasize being team players so your on your own most of the time. Little to no innovation due to entrenched mentalities and products.

    Advice to Management

    Need to invest in better test infrastructure to call products "enterprise". Monetize software products. Convert China team into development team and move QA resources close to development teams.


  9. "Long hours"

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

    Pros

    Good compensation compared to the industry
    Lots of smart engineers working with you
    Relatively big site in Burnaby bc Canada

    Cons

    Overtime work assumed by management, long hours of work in general, no extra compensation
    Weak senior technical leadership, no constructive advices most of the time

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on developing the right products, the coolest products sometimes do not sell.
     This starts from having the right technical leadership.


  10. "Normal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Normal compensation, normal benefits

    Cons

    Not many Cons, normal benefits, workload a little bit high


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