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Semtech Reviews

Updated September 3, 2017
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Semtech President, CEO, and Director Mohan R. Maheswaran
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Pros
  • this company has really good benefits, lots of activities for coworkers to bond, well paid, as well as a super friendly work environment (in 12 reviews)

  • Semtech is a fast paced cutting edge technology type of environment (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Semtech full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, excellent salary, very goal oriented company. Lot of perks. Excellent facilities.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Frenetic pace. Enormous pressure to get things done. Lack of enough coaching especially when you are new to the company. They don't only expect you to be proactive, but they want you to go above and beyond to get your goals done (problem is they don't tell you that).

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at your people in HR. At all fairness, the work-load-life-balance for each employee is not equal, it's not meant to be but sometimes weighs down affecting work-life balance.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Semtech full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great engineers with great talent

    Cons

    * String of bad VPs for the power management business unit
    * Steep learning curve with unrealistic expectations of what the new employee can accomplish given the very heavy workload

    Advice to Management

    * Raising issues does not mean giving excuses; If you only want to hear good news, then don't be surprised if it blows up in the end,

  3. "Plano Feedback"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Semtech full-time

    Pros

    There is a creative, relatively hard working team in Plano.

    Cons

    Industry partners are slow and unreliable.

    Advice to Management

    The culture at HQ needs much more emphasis on helping remote sites achieve profitability goals.


  4. "Lots of overtime"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    12.5 hours days. 80/9 shifts mean overtime pay every day. Pretty lax shift managers as long as you're doing your work. I've finished entire series on Netflix during the time between brief periods of work.

    Cons

    Strict upper management. Constant rule changes to the production line. Forgetting or messing up a step can get you fired. New hires over couple months due to a firing every couple months.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Bad IT department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a good number of social events, most people are friendly, schedules are flexible, the location is good right off the freeway.

    Cons

    Management is poor, all around it would seem. They do not value any of their employees and have no problem letting people go on no notice and for no real reason other than they did not meet their financial numbers (AGAIN!). Company is constantly re-organizing upper and mid management, constantly laying off only to rehire new people the following month. They offer great bonuses that they never give out because they can never meet their financial numbers, they offer stock offerings which are of little value because upper management always rewards them selves by diluting millions of shares so by the time you get to sell yours they are worthless. Occasional mid year stock bonuses and options which are again worthless for a stock that seems always in decline.
    IT management is terrible! And technology is way behind, the business does not value IT and does not invest in it.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, offer some employment stability and management stability. Reduce the hostility of the environment and stop the constant layoffs, this effects not only the people you let go but the people who stay behind which impacts productivity and employee engagement across the board.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Worst I.T. dept management with full of fear and lack of leadership skils!!! Too much politics..."

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    Former Employee - SAP in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - SAP in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Other than I.T. managent, people or good. Nothing special...just regular totally unachievable work goals...

    Cons

    No leadership qualities and absolutely incapable I.T. dept management who try their best to de rail and add frustration to each staff member of the team. This us very true and honest review.

    Advice to Management

    Change whole I.T. management from very top to eliminate bad and fear management practices!!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Work Status an Employment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Camarillo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging cutting-edge Technical work in ASIC Mixed Signal Domain
    Location Bhubaneswar is a great city to work in with great Quality of Life
    Pay structure great for a small city and at par with most of the companies in Bangalore
    Corporate policies and employee retirement benifits are great.
    Work environment friendly and Great office location

    Cons

    Staff strength less
    The stability of the organization as a result of the above automatically comes down.

    Advice to Management

    Try to grow the center at Bhubaneswar which will be a great opportunity for the Eastern India Zone and for the organization. As lot of great engineering talent left untapped from the numerous good Technical Institutes at Bhubaneswar.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good People, Management Could Use Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free coffee
    Nice facilities (gym, basketball/volleyball court, soccer pitch, ping pong table...)
    Company-sponsored activities
    Overall great people

    Cons

    Complete lack of review process for management; employees have valuable feedback to provide on how their managers can improve, let them provide it!
    Very infrequent promotions across all departments; raises are incremental at best
    Favoritism and politics abound
    Forced time off during the holidays; must burn your vacation days or take them unpaid
    Over-reliance on specific customers to make financial goals; when they underperform, the company suffers (and frequently goes through a round of layoffs)
    Very slow to update machines/software, especially for a tech company
    Mediocre benefits package

    Advice to Management

    Provide an outlet for employees to give you feedback and recognize that despite your title, there's still a lot you can improve on too.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Bad company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. This is not a good company anymore

    Cons

    Used to be a good company. Current sr management is self absorbed. Core values dont mean anything

    Advice to Management

    The bottom line is important, but the taking care and listening to what the troops have to say is more. Sr Management scares the people!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "na"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Semtech (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nothing good about this company with current leadeship

    Cons

    they have no culture - its every department for themselves from the BOD to CFO its all about them


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