PMC-Sierra Product Design Engineer Reviews

Updated Nov 21, 2018

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PMC-Sierra Director, President, and CEO Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
Gregory S. (Greg) Lang
21 Ratings
  1. "Good company to work for."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Verification in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    PMC-Sierra is a global company with R&D several R&D sites in Canada, USA as well as India and China. Interesting, challenging work.

    Cons

    The semiconductor industry can be cyclical so despite the good people and good products downturns can happen and there may be layoffs.

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  2. "Great environment, not much growth potentional"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people and lots of learning

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Working at PMC-Sierra"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Product Design Engineer in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of benefits, competitive and challenging working environment, get opportunities to work in other aspects of the chip development

    Cons

    Overtime not paid, difficult to get promoted, salary not as competitive as it used to be before 2000

  4. "OK for Canada"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Physical Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    major chip company in Canada

    Cons

    not doing well financially impacts the employees

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  5. "Mixed-Signal Design"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mixed Signal Design Engineer in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competent co-workers Solid workflow and design methodology Leaders and managers are very technical Good work ethic

    Cons

    Very limited to non for career growth for remote sites. It feels like the only thing that grows in this companies are number of VP and directors Depending of the team leader, the jobs are mostly porting technologies and small improvement. It takes a long time to accept new ideas and innovation. Focused too much on development rather than research. This contributes to the limited career opportunities. If you want work-life balance , it comes at a cost of job security. There's been layoff every year since I worked for this company. It feels like this company spends too much energy in cutting cost, rather than creating more opportunities at making money.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Design Engineer"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time

    Pros

    Awesome VLSI related work, more chances of moving up.

    Cons

    Not a great company culture

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Cool products(used to be), diversified portfolio in communication, storage and printer business, Best in its class QA structure. Excellent technical staff

    Cons

    Too many managers and paper pushers have made all the good engineers run away.Office Politics and back stabbing at its peak. Bell Curve tactics employed by management is probably best in this industry.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Signal Design"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Leader Mixed Signal Design in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people. Projects are interesting and cover wireline, optics and RF. The group has a reasonable size to allow sharing of expertise. Very technical.

    Cons

    Company and industry are struggling. There has not been much growth in the past 10 years. As the process nodes are getting smaller and more expensive the design opportunity are fewer.

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  9. "Excellent place to gain experience and demonstrate worth to employer."

    4.0
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    Current Contractor - IC Physical Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Have the possibility to influence and enhance the workflow for yourself and other.

    Cons

    Still big enough to be slow to react to necessary changes.

  10. "good"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Design Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PMC-Sierra

    Pros

    Learning a lot, flexible working time

    Cons

    the training is not good.

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