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Rambus Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • They had good benefits like a strong medical plan, fruit and oatmeal every morning, bagels on Fridays, author speaker series, etc (in 9 reviews)

  • Culture, benefits, work life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The company's business model still relied heavily on litigation when I was there (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and interesting work. Benefits are very good. Gym access, drinks, pay and overall environment. Enjoyed working there for 7 years.

    Cons

    Everyone has a very high opinion of themselves. Constant turnover since Black joined. There have been Many layoffs and reduction in benefits.


  2. "Rambus Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rambus full-time

    Pros

    Great people, highly trained, fair pay, good benefits, and interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and focus from the top with too many diverse agendas for the number of teams and correlated people on the teams to be able to obtain leadership in each of their respective disciplines.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a cohesive vision that leverages each of the respective teams in a more symbiotic way. For example, develop an single identity for Rambus (rather than four identities) that investors, employees, and most importantly customers will get excited about.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Quite a rollecoaster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and lax environment; people dress nicely but without going into extreme ( no 3 piece suit, no pajamas).

    Overall it give you a feeling of a solid company; the offices are in a nice area and people overall are really nice.

    Good salary, benefits and amenities close by.

    People have often a good attitude; some really talented people, among the workforce, altough they are chained down by the environment that does not cope well with changes

    Cons

    No offices; it is a pure cube-farm environment, which has the downside of limited privacy and sound/food odor travel fast and without mercy.

    Management sometimes has troubles to communicate objectives; this trickle down to your manager (which in some case is more clueless than you), making you look really without any sort of meaningful impact.

    Most of the management pretend to be open and mor modern (Apple or Google style), but in reality they will simply ignore or eliminate whoever could possibly mine their position.

    Frequently people are let go; usually happens to people that are not willing to work above and beyond their contractual time.

    A lots of confusion; things get done more than once, and then someone figure out that they have to change again. Mostly, instead of spending time in fixing something; a new product or procedure is implemented, with the result that the issues are mostly delayed to the next breakage.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what to do with most of the work force; there are great people that would make the company fly, if correctly managed.

    Consider thoroughly how management run things in certain departments; when there is no more to blame, the person at fault will probably be already on the way out, and you lost great people for nothing.


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  5. "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rambus full-time

    Pros

    licensing money is a constant source.

    Cons

    Not able to commercialize new inventions

    Advice to Management

    raise the bar on hiring


  6. Helpful (1)

    "System engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Had good equipment, instruments in lab (high speed signal integrity)
    Had good infrastructure for doing simulation (analog, signal integrity)

    Cons

    Benefits and HR department use to be excellent but quality of both decreased.
    Engineers tend to be kept separated from customers. Management and marketing tend to interface with customers and act as a filter between engineers and customers.
    Several strategy and marketing plans made in past were questionable and didn't work out.
    Managers that made those decisions still there.


  7. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, good team workers.

    Cons

    The future is not as good as manager expect so far.


  8. "Brilliant Minds, Uneven Performance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Rambus as a contractor

    Pros

    Brilliant and wonderful thinkers within the R & D division keep this company afloat. These are the inventors who extend and expand the capabilities of technology. It was a joy to work with several of these individuals. If you want to invent the future, Rambus may be a place where you can thrive.

    Cons

    The company's primary business expertise is inventing and licensing. Producing products and services is a new line of business, and as such, it can be a challenge--it depends on the project. If you interview for this section of the company, analyze the playing field and determine whether the project and people will be a positive fit for you.

    Advice to Management

    1. Communicate detailed product vision to all employees.
    2. Require transparency and accountability of all managers and employees.
    3. Provide proactive, corrective guidance on a continual, as-needed basis, rather than waiting for large events
    4. Define the project process, roles & responsibilities, communication/escalation chain, deadlines, and risk mitigation strategies. Follow up to ensure these project aspects are being maintained, and if not, why not. Correct and repeat.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It was okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. Work environment is pretty good as well. There are some great people that work there which made the experience enjoyable.

    Cons

    While I was there, there was a huge turnover in my department. At the end, the VP they hired in our department pretty much made everyone leave including contractors. I know they probably said everyone left due to different circumstances, but the root cause was due to the VP they hired. I think it was more specific from our department and not necessarily reflects the company as a whole.


  10. "Good place to learn new skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Transparency from Marketing to Engineering.
    Good place to learn and develop new skills

    Cons

    No go-getters here.
    lack of execution skills

    Advice to Management

    reward people who are willing to take risks and go the extra mile.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work, great location (downtown SF), chance to learn applied cryptography"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful downtown San Francisco offices, friendly intelligent co-workers, good benefits and pay, flexible hours, decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, some of whom are clueless and non-technical, for such a small company. Very political. Not as meritocratic as I would expect for a smallish company. One runs away from huge companies (Google, Intel, Oracle, etc...) in hopes of finding less BS and politics at MUCH smaller companies but unfortunately - not true. I expected it to be more startup-like, where startups tend to operate with very low overhead and more performance-orientation, flatter management layer - but I am disappointed to learn that it's quite the opposite.

    Advice to Management

    Engineers are not the problem - they are rarely incompetent. When droves of engineers quit, that's a STRONG signal that something is severely wrong with management at the company.



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