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Updated October 17, 2017
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  1. "Great time to consider Rambus"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rambus (More than a year)

    Pros

    Rambus is going through a transformation; from a traditional IP & Semi-Conductor licensing company to a branded products company. This transformation is creating many great opportunities in the Big Data and Data Security space. The senior leaders seem to understand this transition and are willing to invest in these areas. With hard work, you can carve out a long, successful career here at Rambus. The benefits are world class as well as the work/life balance.

    Cons

    Because we have grown through acquisition, we are experiencing some gaps with culture. I believe if Rambus can address these sub-cultures and inspire and draw everyone under one umbrella, we will be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your employees and your external facing brand.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Confusing strategy - solid company"

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

    I have been working at Rambus full-time

    Pros

    Competitive benefits
    Very good base + bonus pay
    Pleasant corporate culture
    Nice corporate offices

    Cons

    Corporate strategy seems shotgun approach
    Managers don't give direct feedback

    Advice to Management

    Spin off or axe projects that don't make sense for benefit of clear strategy (decide who Rambus wants to be when it grows up)
    Grow a pair and tell employees when they are not meeting expectations

  3. "Stay away unless you're desperate"

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

    Pros

    Great product. May be good for you if you're still starting on your career (Good luck getting hired). I'd say work here for 6 months to a year to gain knowledge/skills then leave.

    People are very knowledgeable some are willing to share their knowledge while others are not.

    Some Employees are very caring and understanding (there are also some that are rude)

    If you get hired in VP, Senior position good for you

    Cons

    Management is bad - they will promise you a lot of "good things" just to keep you - for examples, promotions, higher raise, better benefits, yet nothing will happen. Just bunch of lies.

    It's difficult to move up even after years of service

    There's a huge lack of communications between teams and co-workers

    Some people won't appreciate your contribution - the managers or the seniors will get all the credits of all the work you've done

    Management won't listen to your feedback 95% of the time. They will wait until a customer or someone in higher position complains before doing something

    No one wants to take ownership of certain task and the "small guys" has to do all the work to fill in the gap

    Management is willing to put a lot of burden to you even though it's not really your job and you won't get compensation/recognition for it - you'll be just a number on their perspective

    Team is non-existent - no one will ask for your feedback (because it don't matter to them) - they don't even lists pros and cons before giving the project a "Go".

    Advice to Management

    Promote the correct people - and stop hiring someone who has no prior knowledge about the business or history of work we've done.

    Treat your employees fairly. Show empathy and care for them, so they are more motivated to work for you and this company - otherwise they'll be gone before you know it


  4. "Senior Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    - Breakfast provided with fruits/cereals and Friday has bagels
    - Good insurance, ESPP, 401k Match

    Cons

    - 1 customer for the past few years. Terrible product design and marketing
    - Management communication is terrible and things move extremely slow
    - No cares about the product,, everyone is here to collect pay check
    - Software part of company has no hope, tons of engineers are leaving.


  5. "Company in transistion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New product and technology to bring to market from acquisitions and development.

    Cons

    Growing pains as the company tries to transition to selling products and ingest/integrate newly acquired company & products


  6. "A company in transition to?"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free fruit, nuts, oatmeal, soft-drinks, coffee, excellent medical benefits, stock purchase plan, modern facility, smart, creative people. Good salary. Excellent invention process.

    Cons

    Wants to be a product company without a product culture, employees don't feel empowered, some hostile to new processes. Profitability is not as important as inventing in the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Take product development seriously or just don't bother and stick with IP. Some modernization is needed to keep up with product competition these days. Do or don't do products, just pick a direction.


  7. "Not great"

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

    I worked at Rambus full-time

    Pros

    good pay and benefits available

    Cons

    senior leadership not in a good way

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Assastant"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and community relations program

    Cons

    Terrible management at the top - evidenced by the high volume turnover in engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Needs new management hire someone that cares about the company and the people . If employees are treated well they will be loyal and dedicated in their work.


  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    There is no such word on Pros

    Cons

    there are lots of opportunity for management improvement


  10. "Engineering Manager Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rambus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at the Security Division. The technology was very interesting and the engineers were very competent. The company was and i believe is still relatively small and provides lot of growth opportunities for engineers and managers to get involved and learn a lot about the products, customers.
    Engineering team is also very involved with customers and they are paired with them which is one of the very unique things about the division i worked at. This provides an excellent opportunity to have constant and unfiltered communication with customers and it helps in speeding up the development process and more exposure for all team members.
    The compensation and benefits are also competitive with other tech companies in both SF and south bay locations.

    Cons

    - The company is trying to shift from a IP company into product company in both hardware and software. They need to attract and retain world class talent in leadership and engineering to bring more experiences executives who actually shipped enterprise software for many years and built large distributed software teams. It is important to provide support and space to the team instead of changing gears too often. Be proactive and less re-active
    - Slow processes and the company is from top-down driven. Rambus is a pretty tradition company but they are trying to enter new markets and compete with startups and other companies that move faster. They need to adapt to new technologies and move faster.


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