CSR (UK) Reviews

Updated 17 Apr 2021

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3.6
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CSR (UK) CEO and Director Joep van Beurden (no image)
Joep van Beurden
51 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance, great pay(in 13 reviews)

  • "Interesting products and took Bluetooth as far as it could go(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "CSR is now acquired by qualcomm :((in 4 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is not respected(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great company

      19 May 2020 - Staff Engineer 
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      Pros

      Progressive, focussed, high tech developments

      Cons

      Pay, limited progression, limited scope

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good

      18 Sep 2020 - Senior Software Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Great people and exciting technology

      Cons

      Qualcomm changed its familial feel

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      great company

      20 May 2019 - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Interesting products and took Bluetooth as far as it could go. Friendly, good bonus, good share scheme,

      Cons

      Career promotion hard to come by

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Trying to catch up but failing miserably

      4 Aug 2015 - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      When I joined CSR in 2007 the company was flourishing, the Bluetooth market was expanding and CSR owned a significant chunk of the market share for peripheral devices. Since then there has been much change within the company and there's very little I can say that's good.

      Cons

      The management structure is a mess... As a software engineer in the audio development team there is currently 6 lines of management before you get to the CEO. There is a culture of blame within the company where middle management blame engineers for failing projects and misssed deadlines. During the project development lifecycle, there is no useful project management, the entire situation is a complete and utter mess. As an engineer you are dictated to as opposed to consulted. You are simply considered a "company resource" and asked to swap between projects on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis. It's a complete shambles. As an engineer, you work on CSR BlueCore hardware, which employs a XAP processor, which almost the complete opposite of industry standard. This trait follows right through the company, everything CSR uses is the opposite of industry standard. Working here for too long will effectively de-skill you as an engineer because everything is based around in-house software. The learning and development is non-existent, in 8 years I've been on three training courses provided by the company. The IS services is a joke, you have to wait months for your ancient laptop to be fixed, and even after being fixed it's still a fred flinstone of a machine.... The company policy states that a laptop (for a software engineer) is replaceable every 5 years!!!!! If you're lucky, they'll replace it after 3!

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      A great company to work for

      10 Sep 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. The company is committed to encourage all employees to have a healty balance between work and life. 2. It has a good awards and recognition to guarantee the benefits of the hard working employee. 3. People are very friendly. Colleagues are very supportive. 4. Free lunch! Overall, it's a pretty cool company to work for!

      Cons

      It's a medium size fabless semiconductor company. For people who want to do rotation in different groups, it might not be able to provide a wide range of choices for them. (but this is a common one for all small-medium semiconductor company, right?)

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Smart people, lacking in focus but managing nonetheless

      26 Aug 2014 - Engineering Manager 
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      Pros

      There are a lot of smart people in the company and the company has made some impressive products over the years. The work/life balance is good and the company continues to be pretty successful.

      Cons

      The series of acquisitions over the years has left a bit of a muddle of products in the company- and they have not all been integrated as well as they could have been.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      The ever changing face of CSR

      15 Sep 2013 - Senior PCB Design Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Good salary and benefits. Occasionally offers a decent bonus. Comfortable working environment with free restaurant. Good people.

      Cons

      All of the founders have left, taking most of the innovation and knowledge with them. It now seems to be a company with no direction. Also, since Samsung acquired the handset division the products and people on which the company was founded have all gone.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great intellectually challenging workplace

      1 Mar 2014 - Principal Design Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      The old CSR still run by the founders 10 years on was amazing. Challenging, inventive, optimistic, collaborative. Many great people who would find time for you. Cambridge was a wonderful place to live.

      Cons

      After the SiRF merger most of the founders left, and the remaining management have lost their way. Cambridge is best as place of innovation, not a cost cutting second source centre.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Not a bad place to work

      24 Oct 2012 - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Generally relaxed and informal atmosphere, interesting technology, bonuses can be fairly generous when paid. Still feels like a relatively small company. Nice to work at the headquarters site of a multi-national company.

      Cons

      Can be chaotic, obsession with Scrum in some departments has not changed it for the better (or made the company more agile). Separation of work between different teams often not clear.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Interesting and progressive

      28 Sep 2013 -  
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      Pros

      Supportive with opportunities to develop your career. Friendly atmosphere and good working environment. Being global, there are opportunities to travel as well as move within the company.

      Cons

      Still evolving as it gets bigger and some lack of direction but this is improving. Not high end salaries.

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