PMC-Sierra Firmware Engineer Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2016

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PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
4 Ratings
  1. "Firmware Engineer Coop"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer Coop in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Kind co-workers with nice environments, including cafeteria and gym. Greate infra/system to learn technical skills as a coop student.

    Cons

    Nothing specially negative. You need to be "people person". You must know how to manager your time in the independent environment.

  2. "Good company"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Highly skilled group of people, and most often go out of their way to help others when needed. Usually good work/life balance in most groups, with lots of work schedule flexibility, although around critical milestones expectations of employees can be extremely high.

    Cons

    Salaries/benefits could be better. Project management is often poor, with unrealistic schedules and insufficient staffing resources assigned to projects.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good work environment, diverse product lines for a small company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Firmware Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Unlike many other companies, the CEO and upper management actually understand the product catalog and can have a meaningful technical conversation. This generally leads to better high-level decisions about product lines and R&D planning.

    Cons

    The Houston office is small with not a lot of room for growth. If you want long-term career advancement options as an engineer, you'd be better off in one of the offices in California or British Columbia. Product engineering schedules are usually set by marketing/sales teams, and rarely have any connection to reality (e.g. only scheduling a week for a month-long hardware prototype test process). The result is an environment where everyone is running around putting out proverbial fires and there's no time to improve processes and do things the right way.

  4. "Firmware Design Engineer"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Firmware Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra for less than a year

    Pros

    Work environment, managers, co-workers, Pay, benefits

    Cons

    no lunch and no transportation

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  5. "Firmware Design Engineer"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Firmware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Great place to learn, good people, Storage leaders

    Cons

    Management issues, work life balance can be better

  6. "good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer 

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    flexible working schedule, nice people, good training opportunity for new hire

    Cons

    there are too many meetings

  7. Helpful (1)

    "More number oriented company, all decisions based on quarter results"

    1.0
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    Firmware Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Highly technical Get in with higher title and survive

    Cons

    No formal performance review. Management keeps changing

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  8. "Good"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Firmware Validation Engineer 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Engineering teams are pretty Good! But the management is not that great

    Cons

    they do not pay you much

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