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Tensilica Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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Tensilica President & CEO Jack Guedj, Ph.D.
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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tensilica full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture. Managers are helpful. Startup like environment.

    Cons

    The team I worked on, even though it worked on great tech, the tech is quite old. The employees should try to keep up with latest tech.


  2. "Good work, Good responsibility"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    State of the art microprocessor architecture. Excellent projects to work on. Helpful people. Lot of responsibility and footprint in work

    Cons

    Sometimes releases get dragged due to a laid back attitude

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work and empowering individuals

  3. "Dynamic, engaging, challenging, content, fulflling"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fellow engineers, management, company size.

    Cons

    Company size, dependence on tier 1 customers.


  4. "Interesting Technology, but no career potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology is very interesting and flexible
    Getting some good customers
    Very bright people
    Impressive marketing makes them appear bigger
    Almost a university atmosphere sometimes

    Cons

    Little possibility for career growth
    Highly unorganized. We try to do everything and therefore most things don't get done well.
    Management makes promises that it can't keep to employees and customers
    Low compensation - everyone gets almost the same raise (small, if any), regardless of contribution

    Advice to Management

    Get aligned, stop the internal politics, empower people and hold them accountable (both for the bad and with rewards for the good)


  5. "Easy going innovative company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Tensilica full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Opportunity to work on state of the art microprocessor cores with many tier 1 customers. Many talented engineers, very technically savvy management.

    Cons

    No incentive to achieve. Little say in direction of company. Little opportunity for advancement. Almost non-existent product planning. Poor quality control.

    Advice to Management

    Poor incentives for engineering results in underachievement, dragged out development cycles and poor product quality. Bad sales incentives leads to fewer, smaller and less profitable deals.


  6. "Friendly workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work in small group. Nice place.

    Cons

    Salary is sort of low


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work not much future prospects..."

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tensilica has interesting technology and is unique at what it does.
    It is easy to keep a good work and life balance there but I think this
    comes at the cost of its financial success. There is not a lot of energy
    there and I believe most people are more interested in family life balance
    then making the company a true success. Successful companies usually
    get there by hard work and long hours. Most people put in a 40 hour work
    week and then go home.

    Cons

    Lack of management vision
    Cant seem to get any sales momentum

    Advice to Management

    Pick a market and focus on it.

  8. "Good company to settle"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tensilica full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance,
    ownership of work , good learning experience

    Cons

    provides less benefits as compared to other companies.
    more transparency with the emplyees , awards/ appreciations should be introduced


  9. "Very good company to start your career"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tensilica as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Start-up like work culture, good salaries and very helpful colleagues. Good place to learn things especially at the beginning of your career.

    Cons

    Not many refreshment activities or outings to make employees relaxed


  10. "Great company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging and deeply technical work.
    Helpful colleagues and seniors.
    Open atmosphere.
    Work life balance.

    Cons

    Very slow interviewing process.
    Delay in promotions.