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Sigma Designs Chairman, President, and CEO Thinh Q. Tran
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  1. "Design engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very friendly work environment. freedom to work on range of things. flexible working hours. manageable schedules. opportunity to work on new technology

    Cons

    company was not doing well a few years ago and had to cut back on some of the benefits. Some of the cut backs affected the choice of technology too.

    Advice to Management

    management needs to hire the right talent and bring back the benefits in order to remain competitive in the market.


  2. "Not much growth, mangement makes unwise decisions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sigma Designs full-time

    Pros

    Freedom, flexible work time (hence the low pay)
    nice coworkers, CEO is a nice person,
    401k match is very good

    Cons

    No incentive to work harder, almost everyone got same pay raise.
    Some of their cost cutting practices irritates employees for very little benefit, very low pay.
    If you're stuck with a mediocre manager then good luck getting a fair salary or growth.
    Hired back some very useless people that we laid off before just cause management are too "nice"

    Advice to Management

    Have a meaningful incentive system to make people work harder.
    Some people absolutely don't deserve to be here, don't be too "nice" to keep them.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Director Business Development"

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

    I worked at Sigma Designs full-time

    Pros

    - Great support within the sales management organization.
    - Laser beam focus on target accounts and flexibility in BP execution

    Cons

    - Limited leadership vision and poor execution on engineering projects
    - Surprisingly an almost non-existent integration between their core technologies within their business units


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  5. "work culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company,
    easily accessible management,
    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    too much of a laid back attitude


  6. "Cost Acctg"

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    Former Employee - Cost Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Cost Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Direct Manager is very reasonable and open minded

    Cons

    Overhead is way too high for a company of that size. Too many employees with very limited functions and overhead headcount should be reduced at least 25-30%

    Advice to Management

    Get real professionals for top management jobs


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ok for beginners for experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance. No need to work weekends/late nights.

    Cons

    Low pay, less benefits. No RSUs. Company financials not great, adding to uncertainty.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good starting point"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sigma Designs full-time

    Pros

    Some people are great to work with

    Cons

    Nepotism. It seems employees don't matter.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate your employees. It's not just products that make a great company it's employees too.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees used to be well taken care of

    Cons

    Vision not shared with employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company."

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

    Pros

    Some good business units and talented engineers with good knowledge. subsidized lunch

    Cons

    Boring workplace. Salaries.are below average.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great talent, no direction"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing
    Former Employee - Product Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sigma Designs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with very talented engineers, good benefits, some good people to learn from.

    Cons

    Management is often short sighted. Doesnt know how to say no, end up overloading company with too many projects many of which lead to insufficient, if not non-existent revenue. (Example: 1 engineer PM'd 1 contract for 6 months that produced 6 systems and took in 100K in revenue.)
    While some people were very good and talented, many were kept around due to sheer fact by having been there for a long time without producing any good results. Lots of favoritism. Can sometimes be a 'good old boys' club.



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