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Exar Reviews

Updated 14 August 2014
Updated 14 August 2014
21 Reviews

2.5
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are nice here and I have good time to work with them.

    Cons

    Projects could be cut after spending so much time on it.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    applications engineer

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Fremont, CA (US)

    Pros

    lots of activities for employee.

    Cons

    bad management and hard to communicate with the upper managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great stock options

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Never a Bride

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA (US)

    Pros

    Convenient east bay location and ample parking.

    Cons

    As a former 15-year employee, Exar has been circling the drain for at least two years.VP-level staff over compensated; all are awaiting acquisition. Current CEO (scorched earth management style) started at $500k in 2012, now another $100k in 2014. Annual revenues the same; stock price essentially the same. What are shareholders getting?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take company private, sell off acquisitions and technologies, retire management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Below Average Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They have a gym, cafeteria and good location.

    Cons

    Lots of yelling, cursing and finger pointing with Executives. Came from a previous acquisition and was a big clash in culture. This company is very old school, yet they don't really take care of their employees. Old and outdated building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more management classes. Teach your employees to appreciate the company so they don't leave and bring in more qualified workers that they can recommend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Buy the stock, but don't join this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They are located in Fremont which is convenient if you live in the East Bay.
    Most of the regular "working class" people who are still around are decent and friendly.
    Comp and benefits are usually decent for new hires (but don't expect any raises unless you're an exec).

    Cons

    Exec management is very top heavy, something like one VP to every 10 employees, and all are heavily compensated. Quite a bit of internal arm wrestling among the exec staff, most are insecure and have to insult others to puff up their own egos.

    Management is clearly only in it for the money/stock, very little concern about the employees ("they're replaceable"). There is absolutely zero interest in training or developing employees. No yearly reviews, no constructive criticism (plenty of regular criticism though, depending on your manager). Four days mandatory unpaid time off each quarter, dates chosen by management.

    The product portfolio is generally outdated with very little investment in new technology. Expect more acquisitions because they certainly aren't growing from within. Implementing any project or procedure takes a nightmare amount of ridiculous paperwork. Management doesn't know how to develop new products, only cut headcount.

    Did I mention very poor management?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company and cash out, you bastards. This used to be a good place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Goes no where fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA (US)

    Pros

    Some interesting products, that can be competitive
    Some good dedicated people
    New products are starting to come out that should help in the future. Many trying to improve some of these aspects but little support from management.

    Cons

    Very few Sales people left.
    No Marketing people left
    No Brand in the Market
    4 unpaid days off every qtr.
    Lots of new people from acquisitions, some culture clashes going on.
    Many good employees are still being laid off or leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell quickly, business is being starved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Focused Stable Industry Leader

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA (US)

    Pros

    Have a great team to work with. Flexible work at home policy. All of the team I work with impress me with their professionalism and general product and customer knowledge. Have had numerous opportunities to lean new skills in my profession.

    Cons

    Have found that annual reviews have been sporadic and sometimes did not occur in certain years. Would like to get documented feedback on how I am doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vacation policy requiring taking time off in specific quarters is a bit annoying. Some like to accumulate and take longer duration vacations. The typical 2 week vacation at initial hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    There's not enough gas left in the tank

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are still some truly outstanding people hanging in there trying to make it happen that bring that joy to the job daily. There's enough money left in the bank to make the wide product offering coalesce into a valuable company if spent properly. Most management is flexible with work hours and even allow some work from home. Location is good.

    Cons

    A lot of the rest of the outstanding people are leaving for other jobs rapidly or already have. Morale is hurting. The string of recent acquisitions have no common focus and are spreading thin resources around even more. There is no obvious reinvestment in the staff. Depending on your direct management there is quite a bit of politics and abuse. It's just very obvious we're buying revenue with the acquisitions instead of trying to build something. The senior staff are overstaffed and all in place to benefit when/if their is an end-game so career growth is stymied for most everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your communication to your employees on a daily basis. Reinvest in them with higher salaries, significant (not token) stock grants and RSUs to retain them, and more heads to get the work done. Not more VPs please. If you ignore your team, then your team will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    poor management

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    Former Employee - Facilities Engineering  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineering in Milpitas, CA (US)

    Pros

    convenient location, great team of people, supportive staff, good facilities and tools support, clean and quiet office, ample parking spaces

    Cons

    bad management, senior managers did not understand what were the issues, making decisions in the office, not knowing what is outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employees, those actually work hard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    If you aren't in the inner circle you are out of a job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A fortune to be made for those in the circle

    Cons

    The beatings will continue until the company is sold

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy your money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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