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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 ?

if so, please let me know, i am interested in applying.

thank you.



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Unread 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

Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:20 am

anyone here from TI ?



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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

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 at ?



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Unread 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 you don't.

and the original question i asked if anyone here worked for TI because i was interested in working there.



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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.



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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 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.



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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 heads up.



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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

Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:58 pm

try it for a while, if you dont like it leave.



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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.



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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



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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.

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