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Post subject: two letter company
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 3:37 am
working at the company who's name can be shortened to two letters and is in texas ?
if so, please let me
know, i am interested in applying.
postPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:19 am
I have it on good authority that National Instruments (NI) is a good
place to work. They are in Austin.
p.s. I know that you meant TI, so why not just say it? Sometimes you can
be too clever by half. :roll:
Post subject: anyone here from TI
postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:20 am
anyone here from TI ?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:47 pm
Personal experience is not tranferable. Your
computer will be locked. Every keyboard click will be recorded. You wont get any software. Ur ideas will get veto
every time from marketing boys. You will get shares 40% above market value. In reality your annual bonus will will
go down the pipes, because they loose money. It is hostile environment. Do you really want to work there? You are
young, I would prefer small company where you can learn something. good people is the best bonus you can get.
Post subject: TI
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 11:23 pm
a hard time not being cynical:
either people lie to you about the company environment because they don't
want you there, or they are telling the truth, how can I tell the difference ?
How about Motorola is it any
Point is they are large companies, won't they be more inclined to be of better training value -- or
are those times dead too ?
And why is TI so well known in Analog IC design, and RF IC design ?
you recommend any stellar companies to work at ?
postPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 2:34 pm
True, people will lie to you for either of the reasons you mentioned,
but you should also ask yourself what are your motives and inspirations to work for a certain type of company: big
or small? And then taking under considerations the pros and cons for each of the choices. At these times, when the
situation is still vague and uncertain that a big and solid company is much better that a start-up, see where
these start-up companies led us ... But at the end of the day, I assuem that money is what makes the hard decision
much easier... :-D
Post subject: ya so..
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 06,
2004 2:51 pm
money is what runs the planet and the reason the boom and bust of this decade. baby boomers,
dreaming the big dream and wanting to retire when they were 40. the internet was the big dream, just like the
railway, electricity, the radio, the television, plastics, and on and on and on.
anyways, i do ask myself
why i want to work for a large company -- easy, more training, more resources, more clients, more people to bounce
ideas off of, and more capital, a brand, a name, and more business relationships. maybe you get less pay, maybe
and the original question i asked if anyone here worked for TI because i was interested in
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 5:17 am
Its all people. Maybe you will find good spot, who knows?
Cynical question. You leave the lab for
coffee. Upon your return all tools are gone, vector analyzer is reset, calibration kit is used for 50Ohm
load/2watt, the 30GHz cables are used as lasso, Irish music runs the place for whole day. This happens five, seven
times per day. I want to clean up this place as the old knights does. Is it normal?
Tell me your experience
with your working environment.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul
16, 2004 9:57 pm
Fifteen or twenty years ago TI was an RF mecca. After they divested themselves of the
defense group, sold off renouned RF resources and expertise to Raytheon and to other companies, a new wireless
group was born in the semiconductor division. After numerous so called "reductions in force", I have to say, I
haven't seen many of their RF products around. To me they are invisible in the RF world. Where was their booth at
MTT-S this year? No where mon frair. I would certainly take an unbiased look at their website and compare their RF
portfolio to other RF companies in the same business.
When you interview at any company, take a good at the
age diversity of the ENGINEERS you see and talk to there. A well balanced company will have a healthy mix of
engineers of all experience levels - mentors and apprentices. When you interview in a group that has only young
people, what do you think you can learn (from a training perspective) from these people? There is a trend in
certain large companies to eliminate high priced and experienced domestic engineers and replace them with low cost
younger ones from foreign countries. But when a company does this, it erases it's memory and eliminates it's
expertise. What are your long term prospects in such a company? What are your short term prospects there?
When you read the benefits brouchures of any company, how much is real and how much is smoke and mirrors? Some
companies redefine their profit sharing and benefits plans so often that they pay practically nothing. The HR
people might talk about the past, but that's not today. It sure looks nice on the brochures though.
Post subject: ok..
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 2:25 am
thanks for the
heads up on TI.
they recently bought a company down in san jose, doing CMOS RFIC WLAN and renamed in TI San
anyways, i see a lot of papers coming from them at the ISSCC and the GaAs IC 2004/CSICS 2004
Conference on highly integrated cell phone RFIC chips...
so what is going on -- are they for real and or
for fake ? Discounting the hiring trend, I see most companies doing what you discussed to keep costs low....
hence, we live under not capitalism but globalism.
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 3:44 pm
It sounds like you've already made a decision you are
comfortable with, and you want someone to talk you out of it.
I would not discourage or encourage you to go
either way, ultimately you have to add everything up and make your own decisions. I will say that in general, for
any company things are not aways what they look like from the outside looking in. So you have to look at the
obvious things that really mean something - the number and type of products that are being produced in a
particular area (like RF) vs. what similar competitors are doing. This can easily be observed by looking at the
product websites. The size of the product offering might also be weighted against the number of years a company
has been in the RF business, vs it's competitors.
Post subject: nope
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 3:19 am
no, i am just encouraging discussion,
things that TI
does in RFIC go through smoke and mirrors
so you can't really tell what they are doing.
thanks for the
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 11:36 am
It doesn't hurt to apply and interview. You certainly have nothing to lose...
Worst case is that
you get practice interviewing.
Post subject: I would work for anyone
postPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:58 pm
try it for a while, if you dont like it leave.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 5:27 pm
Try it for few weeks. In
the present time keep looking for a good company where you can learn something. The Ti's tradition in RF is gone.
Billy is right, they bought Radia Communications Inc in San Jose for 126mil. Ti buys out knowledge. What is
better? To buy the goose, or the golden eggs? The in-house expertise is always better.
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 2:05 am
so what is a good rf company /
rf magic in san diego does work for TI for god's sake
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 6:21 am
for god's sake, they are still polishing the frequency plan?
"Fools you are... to say you learn by your experience .... I prefer to profit by other's mistakes and avoid
the price of my own." - Otto von Bismarck, 19th Century Prussian Chancellor.