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Rambus Reviews

Updated July 12, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Alright"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    They had good benefits like a strong medical plan, fruit and oatmeal every morning, bagels on Fridays, author speaker series, etc. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Management did not always communicate strategy clearly. The company's business model still relied heavily on litigation when I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate strategy better to all employees. There are a lot of talented folks there that can do more with better guidance.


  2. "Physical despising cad engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Physical Design CAD Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Physical Design CAD Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment.
    Encourage creativity and innovation.
    Balance work lifestyle.

    Cons

    Multiple business divisions for mid size company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Member Technical Staff"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff - Layout Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff - Layout Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rambus (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place for people with political talent.

    Cons

    It doesn't matter how much you do. To get a good review just slack off until end of schedule and work long hours for a couple weeks to meet the schedule. Appearance is more important that achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Make reviews reflect the entire review period not just the last couple weeks of a project schedule.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "System engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Good company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  6. "Extremely pleasant group of people to work with."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and everyone is extremely hardworking. People are always willing to help and there are a bunch of benefits. The lab is also amazing.

    Cons

    I did not experience any cons during my time at Rambus. Really enjoyed working here and would do it again in the future if possible.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Worst experience of my career"

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some good people and the new building was nice. CEO seemed to know what the problems were.

    Cons

    A long history of shady financial and legal practices has handcuffed the company. Being on 'legal hold' impacts EVERY decision. Very strong old boy network at the VP and above level. Most are very poor managers that would never have the same title at any other company so they aren't going anywhere. Rather than do performance management on these poor leaders they spend money on "executive coaches and advisors" but a tiger doesn't change it's stripes.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the senior management level.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "EA TO CEO"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rambus (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Willing to change product strategies as opportunities become available

    Cons

    Communication within the company could always be better as with most companies moving fast to stay on top of the industries they are working to dominate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. You are obviously making a positive difference.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "This week is my 10th anniversary at Rambus"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rambus full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best boss and best co-workers of my career. I'm constantly encouraged and supported to try new things and look at the old things in new ways. The benefits are amazing and you don't have to give up having a life to get them (like you do at some of those "best places to work" kind of companies). I'm very proud of Rambus' contribution to the communities we work in. Even during tight times, we did not reduce the (substantial) dollar amount of our donations. On top of that, employees are encouraged to volunteer at corporate and non-corporate-sponsored organizations.

    Cons

    The company has been through some challenges in the past but I really believe we're primed for a great future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on instilling (installing?) the values in all areas.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It was okay"

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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 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.


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