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Updated May 21, 2017
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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)

  • When the senior management visits India, India management goes overboard in obsequious behavior to please them (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great to be a part of exciting team. Very good company to bring your potential out."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent team. Great working environment.
    Very good understanding manager.
    Very High learning environment

    Cons

    Relatively a lower package compared to what other companies offer but is not really a con when you are liking the work you do.

    Advice to Management

    Absolutely nothing. Great Management


  2. "More number oriented company, all decisions based on quarter results"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly technical
    Get in with higher title and survive

    Cons

    No formal performance review.
    Management keeps changing

    Advice to Management

    Do long term strategic decisions

  3. "Good, it could be better."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Great relaxing place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employment is stable, since their products are usually large contracts to other big companies. Work environment is not as competitive as other companies, everyone is friendly and mature. Managers are also understanding and lets you get t he work done. Not a lot of office politics, everyone is about getting a product out.

    Cons

    If you like a very competitive and high paying environment, then you should look for work in companies similar to Apple. The pay isn't as high as other companies because they are more relaxed.


  5. "OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, able to telecommute

    Cons

    Poor management, too aggressive on deadline

    Advice to Management

    Need to better understand the strength of their employee and put them into the right position so they can serve their ability better


  6. "Very bad place to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "challenging work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Engineer in Roseville, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    opportunity to wear many hats within technical discipline

    Cons

    understaffed projects resulting in long hours

    Advice to Management

    trust your people


  9. "Leftover from the 2000 tech bubble"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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