Just finished reading all the messages on the state of ADI as a place to work. An individual's perspective is completely dependant on 1) their department, 2) their manager, 3) their expectations and 4) their length of service. Look at your own work situation. If you have a positive view of these 4 attributes, than you'll feel positive about the company.
Most of the comments in the prior messages are true. ADI can be a country club and a stressful place to work at the same time. It can be an enjoyable work experience and a daily grind. You can be a long serving loyal dedicated employee and get laid off. You can also be a useless worthless employee and reach retirement. That's just the way it is...
Like I said, Decay, not Maturity. I have no issue with an MBA. They do well in Stock Funds and stuff like that. I wouldn't expect they understand something as arcane as analog electronics. They are usually installed from above by the BoD's. That starts the thin edge of the wedge. An old test was if your boss couldn't do yor job, why do you work for him?
I know alot of engineers who left jobs when they faced that. Not many can do it, they have family that depends on them. At that point the "Scott Adams" happens...
Anyone see "Catbert" lately?
turn out wonderfully complex
communications ICs, and I think of
the background of founder Henry
Samueli (spelling?), with lots of
education and lots of (government funded)
on-the-job training at TRW in LA,
probably on world-class signal-processing
challenges in spy satellites,
is the mindset.
So yes, to get ahead of the competition,
to generate the movement of the edge
of the technological wave, to work with
high-volume customers and collaborate
to define next-generation products,
the highly-skilled-engineer approach
is what leads to progress.
Then the parasitic MBA scum slide under
the (locked) doors, as the situations
mature and as a slower-paced-development
can be milked and milked and milked,
for some decades, as the organisation
Long ago a book called "in search of Excellance" was published that noted a high degree of correllation between the education of the folks running a company, the products, and the "success" if you will. ADI has been taken over by managers (MBA?), that's bad. The main reason is that the engineers don't want the mind numbing, day to day, nasty, repetitive business. In a culture say like the one Linear Girl mentions will encourage the engineer to take these as part of a larger job. I know Giffords an Engineer, so are all the VP's. In fact most were Design Engineers at the beginning.
Some one said this change in focus happens as a technology company "mature's". I think "decay's" is more descriptive.
If you have an strong Engineering Culture in an engineering company you'll likly survive alot longer. Gifford likely one of the last of his kind, but he has a strong engineering culture in place. That doesn't mean the company won't change when he departs some day, but the culture will remain along time after.
I stand corrected.
You speak of the day when the semi industry was an infant with explosive growth ahead. I don't see that as the case anymore. The industry is rapidly maturing. The cost to bring a new product to market and make an acceptable return for the VC's are long gone.
I understand your point that an environment of open dialogue creates many small ideas with the potential for a truly groundbreaking discovery. That's more readily found in younger industries.
Yes, Ray's removal from the day to day operations created a vacuum that allowed others to fundamentally altered the culture to their personal benefit. I'm speaking, of course, of the Lads.
They have done their utmost to position themselves to gain and keep power (How many times has a US opening been filled by a Lad? Ever seen it go the other way?). They will fight tooth and nail to keep an American with an opposite opinion from ever getting their voice heard. They don't like implicit or explicit threats. And they never forget!
Their leadership based on satsfying their personal gratification has been been the poison that has destroyed ADI's culture. It's really too late to change it back. It's certainly not in the Lads' interest.
Do you realize in the green isle they refer to ADI as an Irish company??
Thanks for the communication. This board has been dead a long time.
This is so true !
Lot's of MBA's at ADI. They do nice PPT but most of them don't know how to sell and so weak in front of customers (totally disconected from reality). They try to apply what they learned in the MBA course but could not match the context ! THEY ARE LOST!!!!
You can get your MBA on internet now, the one from stanford cost 50$.
AT ADI HR managers do the sales strategy.
Ah .... I am watching these bozos everyday with a big smile.
ADI�s business model is relatively sound. While the issue that you speak of is real, how different is it from that of TI, which is one of ADI�s tougher competitors?
This industry has historically attracted individuals that can be vocal at times. Such individuals are probably best suited for younger companies and start-ups.
For those that wish a more conservative lifestyle, and have the ability to be politically correct at all times, then ADI is an ideal employer.
On a similar topic, ADI�s rating system places an emphasis on the critical nature of one�s job. It is true that hard working individuals can be let go. It is also true that those employees with less than sincere effort levels will be retained over employees that put forth a great deal of effort. When it comes to layoffs, ADI places an emphasis on the importance of each employee�s job function. From a business perspective, this makes a lot of sense. Knowing this, it would be wise to migrate towards a job function that the company considers more critical.