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PMC-Sierra Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  • I would not prefer in this kind of working environment and would not recommend anyone (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. "Design, leading, manage, implementing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    New technology, good benefit, good location

    Cons

    busy overtime schedule, less chance promotion,


  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. "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


  5. "challenging work in R&D good for development, specific opportunities limited."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    small high competency teams. strong development flow, good tools. not micromanaged. compensation competitive.

    Cons

    typical tight development schedules, not a lot of projects to choose from, but ones that are approved get good support. products related to storage have good business prospects.

    Advice to Management

    grow internal expertise to retain and build long term competencies.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Enjoyed working for PMC and then shocked I was laid off."

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Project teams were small and had a lot of interaction that allowed us to resolve issues quickly. You had time to decompress after going through scheduling crunch times. Office staff generally got along well and did a lot of social activities together.

    Cons

    Didn't feel we were always told the full story on our group's program strategy. Maybe it was due to the changing market. Schedules were unrealistic without any contingencies.


  7. "Good experience, depends on the group you work for."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really good software engineers to learn from.

    Cons

    Does not pay that much

  8. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technically excellent people with engineering driven teams.
    Experienced at VLSI development using experts across geographic locations.
    Management is extremely technical having grown through from engineers.

    Cons

    Long hours and condensed schedules. Same as the rest of the industry. Not much work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Get a good market foothold in Flash and build it out into a core technology.


  9. "Best work place, Good work culture"

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    Current Employee - Driver Performance Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Driver Performance Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very encouraging place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  10. "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.


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