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Below are all of the forum threads, including all
the responses to the original posts.
Post subject: two letter company
Unread postPosted: Sat
Jul 03, 2004 3:37 am
anyone here working at the company who's
name can be shortened to two letters and is in texas ?
please let me know, i am interested in applying.
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
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul
05, 2004 6:20 am
anyone here from TI ?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004
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.
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 11:23 pm
I have 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 worse ?
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 ?
Can you recommend any stellar companies to work
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
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 2:51 pm
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.
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 you don't.
and the original question
i asked if anyone here worked for TI because i was interested in working
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
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
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..
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 Jose.
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
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 heads up.
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 11:36 am
It doesn't hurt to apply and interview. You certainly have nothing
Worst case is that you get practice interviewing.
Post subject: I would work for anyone
Unread 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
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 /
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
"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.