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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. "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.


  2. "BIOS Engineer"

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    Former Employee - BIOS Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - BIOS Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good, strong team, and good products.

    Cons

    Company performance up and down.

  3. "Good company but very Burnaby focussed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PMC had some very competent engineers with a good detailed hardware design flow. Good company for freshers to join and learn

    Cons

    It was very HeadQuarter ( HQ) focussed. Satellite offices were never their priority.


  4. "It wasn't for me"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, no pressure to deliver results, barely needed to work 40 hours a week, great place for those forced out of HP to coast until they can retire.

    Cons

    All interesting work is done in Sunnyvale, Burnaby, and other offices. Roseville engineering management is not allowed to make decisions because they're not respected by the rest of the company. Company is run by marketing, not by engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the HP refugees, take Canada out of the decision making loop.


  5. "Firmware Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Firmware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Great place to learn, good people, Storage leaders

    Cons

    Management issues, work life balance can be better


  6. "Internship/Co-op at PMC"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work, lots to learn, helpful/friendly co=workers

    Cons

    Slow Paced, Too quiet/Dull Working environment, Cafe/Food is very bad


  7. "Lots of opportunities, highly skilled engineers"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with and learn from
    Lots of opportunities to get involve in many aspects of chip design

    Cons

    High level architects do not come up with innovative ideas

  8. "Good"

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    Former Contractor - Mask Layout Designer in Allentown, PA
    Former Contractor - Mask Layout Designer in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good at suppling information to use.

    Cons

    schedule did not encompass four digital blocks that were needed to be done before my assignment was completed

    Advice to Management

    Management Was good.


  9. "Talented engineers and interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Roseville, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated people. Interesting products, lots of learning opportunities. Social committee works to help team morale with breakroom snacks, coffee machine, and regular low key get-togethers.

    Cons

    Unrealistic schedules and lots of management pressure. 5 year plan not always clear.


  10. "Good, it could be better."

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

    Pros

    More responsibility is given based on ones interest, otherwise you were not considered. Basically if you are proactive then you are projected properly and lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Not everyone can be proactive, if you are not you will not be given enough importance to grow. Which is very bad if one is not proactive. More driven by customers which should not be the criteria, rather have a strong product and attract the customers...

    Advice to Management

    Please update standards of salaries as per the market.


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