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Post subject: RFMD vs skyworks Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 2:51 am
Yesterday I had an interview
with skyworks located in CA, and HR person called me today saying that they are impressed with me, but have to
make decision after interviewing 2 other candidates. The group is doing GSM and CDMA tranceiver design.
already got an offer from RFMD located in the same city, the group is doing GPS receiver design.
groups, I feel the one in skyworks is stronger. But I don't know which company has better future, can anybody here
give me some comparison between them? Your opion will be highly appreciated.
BTW, the position is RF IC design
Thanks in advance.
Post subject: helloPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 1:47
both skyworks and rfmd make a lot of money off of PA's, which gets them a lot of revenue and profit.
as for who will go farther -- no one knows, skyworks is larger, about twice as large, but for some reason,
they don't consistently make a lot of money, and meet earnings, yet i know they they hire very good people,
because they are well known.
your concern should be the team and the people you will be working with, i am
unsure how old you are and how much experience you have, and what education, but the people, the expertise and how
much you will learn and how much fun you will have is what is important. i think at least.
if you want me
more help, send an email.
let me know how the company is, that you pick, i might want to do rfic there..
Post subject: Re: helloPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 2:27 am
Thanks a lot for
your opinion. One of my concerns about skyworks is that I heard they laid off lots of people during last couple of
years. But I do like the group there more, and feel people in that group are pretty experienced and knowledgeable.
Meanwhile RFMD seems more stable.
Tough decision for me. I have a couple of year design experience, but still
feel not that strong myself.
Post subject: oops posted this above by itself
!!Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:08 am
do u have MS, PhD ?
no one is stable right now
layoff because it merged (conexant with alpha)
but they have a different mentality than rfmd
skyworks is very very performance driven
rfmd is more laid back
man i need to get in there, i have
few years in rfic too
if you can help let me know
subject: Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 10:37 am
I hear that RFMD has a very good work environment, and a very
generous benefits/vacation package. Don't know about Skyworks.
Anyone from Skyworks or RFMD care to divulge
typical pay, vacation time, benefits, work environment (people, software, lab equipment), etc?
Post subject: comparison...Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:00 pm
well one is HQed in
North Carolina and the other in California.
so you have a different mentality, one is win at all costs,
other more laid back and southern.
Post subject: Re: comparison...Posted: Thu
Jul 15, 2004 8:37 pm
so, do you mean working in skyworks is with lots of competition, and more challenging,
and the company is with better future?
well one is HQed in North Carolina and the other
so you have a different mentality, one is win at all costs, other more laid back and
Post subject: Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:39 pm
I guess those big
companies are with similar benefits and vacation plan.
California Dreamer wrote:
I hear that RFMD has a
very good work environment, and a very generous benefits/vacation package. Don't know about Skyworks.
Anyone from Skyworks or RFMD care to divulge typical pay, vacation time, benefits, work environment (people,
software, lab equipment), etc?
Post subject: Posted: Thu Jul 15,
2004 8:39 pm
I guess those big companies are with similar benefits and vacation plan.
I hear that RFMD has a very good work environment, and a very generous benefits/vacation
package. Don't know about Skyworks.
Anyone from Skyworks or RFMD care to divulge typical pay, vacation
time, benefits, work environment (people, software, lab equipment), etc?
Post subject: Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 9:38 pm
The two companies track each other
almost exactly, so the laid-back Southerners vs. strung-out Californians doesn't seem to really affect the
financial performance. Check this comparison chart.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?t=5y&s=RF ... q=l&c=swks
RFMD is credited for first using GaAs for celllphone PAs, and has highest market share for cellular, but
they're lagging in wireless connectivity, mainly because they came to the game late.
Skyworks has some good
integrated cellular solutions, but they don't do well in wireless either. Companies like Intersil, Broadcom and
Atheros still rule there.
It basically comes down to who you'd rather work with.
Post subject: Posted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 1:38 am
wow they track exactly, that's pretty
anyways, i think it still comes down to the team, their experience, their modeling team, their
experience, how many gurus they have and how much you have to learn.. you said you have only a few years (still
don't know what degree you have -- probably you don't want to tell us) experience, so learning is what is
important right now in RFIC. Do not worry about stability, because on this earth, right now, there is NO stability
-- and who knows what the economy will do next.
you should be glad you have the chance, while you are young
grow yourself and learn as much as you can, then you can be picky later.
pick the group where your feeling
in your stomach with the people is best -- forget about the company.
just like dating a girl...
Post subject: Posted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:50 pm
I don't mind to share my degree. I have
And I definitely can refer you if I am lucky enough to get into one of them.
Right now, I
prefer skyworks since the team is stronger. But they haven't made their final decision yet.
The only thing
I can do now is to wait.
Post subject: Posted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 1:07 pm
Right now, I prefer skyworks since the team is stronger.
Can you tell us in a little
more detail why you prefer Skyworks over RFMD? It could help others later on.
Good luck to you, whatever
Post subject: Posted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:59 pm
Just my own
The team in skyworks I wanna join is stronger. people there are more knowledgeable and experienced,
with whom I probably can learn more.
Post subject: helloPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004
sorry i was being pushy about a referral.
but i think you made the right choice, you have to
learn something now and then after 5-6 years (usually that much needed to be a good RFIC designer) then you can
pick and choose where you want to go.
good luck !
Post subject: MS/PhDPosted:
Thu Jul 22, 2004 6:54 pm
i think without a MS or PhD it is not possible to be in RFIC today.
Post subject: Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 8:22 pm
BS + 5year
experience would be ok
Post subject: RFICPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2004 10:53 pm
how about BS with less than 5 years ?
Post subject: Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2004
So Mr. P., are you working for either Skyworks of RF Micro Devices now?
If so, can you give us
an idea of what was(were) the most important aspect(s) governing your final decision?
This could be
instructive for other forum visitors.
Post subject: gone !Posted: Thu
Aug 12, 2004 4:52 am
guess he got his job, used us and then left !
thanks a lot !
Post subject: Re: gone !Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 5:14 am
guess he got his
job, used us and then left !
thanks a lot !
This is not the truth.
I just settled everything
down, and give you guys some feedback here.
Thank everybody who gave me suggestion before.
chose RFMD since I didn't get the offer from skyworks. But I am satisfied with it because of the good reputation
Well, I don't know if my experience will be helpful to anybody else, but I hope everybody can get
a job he likes.
Post subject: questions...Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:26 pm
is everyone in your group a MSEE, or PhD ?
are they hiring people with less experience than 10 years ?
Post subject: Re: RFMD vs skyworksPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:43 pm
somebody let me know, how is the RFMD interview for a Test Engineer. What kind of questions are asked? I would be
thankful if somebody can help me out regarding it.
subject: RFMD or SkyworksPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:13 pm
Both of these compaines have a lot going for them.
Someone early said Skyworks was a larger company. This is false. Also in term of Stability RFMD is much more
solid. With the amount of layoff (some very recently) that Skyworks has done I am surprised they are hiring.
Technology speaky Skyworks is certainly exciting...but risky.
Post subject: rfmd
layoffPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:11 pm
well rfmd just layed off their wlan group today