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CSR (UK) Reviews

Updated 5 September 2017
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Pros
  • Tightly focused work teams with good work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • It's a great place to work the job is not stressfull people are great (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Former Employee Review"

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CSR (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's always room for growth and endless opportunities

    Cons

    i cant think of none. its a great company

    Advice to Management

    continue to listen to your employees. It makes them feel valued


  2. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CSR (UK) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch
    great working atmosphere and office

    Cons

    Employee professional development and training could be improved
    Some sort of a mentoring for early career proffesionals would be great

    Advice to Management

    Encourage staff and give guidance on how to go up the ladder


  3. "Fast moving"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at CSR (UK) (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good interesting work
    Good team spirit
    Fun place
    Opportunities to travel

    Cons

    chaotic, unclear strategy at times
    some internal competition


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  5. "Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CSR (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Agile Environment, Small flexible teams

    Cons

    Old system infrastructures, long cycles


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CSR (UK) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with very smart people. Can work on very interesting projects.

    Cons

    Communication and focus on big picture often missed.
    Too much focus on work process and not enough on engineering methodologies

    Advice to Management

    Walk Round more and get to know people and their challenges.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Loved this company"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and recognition. They believe in making sure employees are looked after.

    Cons

    Compensation isn't as good as competitors especially in the specialist functions.

    Advice to Management

    You sold out to Quslcom, such a shame.


  8. "A great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CSR (UK) full-time

    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?)


  9. "Worst company in the UK"

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - IT Systems Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    On site parking that's all.

    Cons

    Racist, bullying and no authority. Poor managment.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and look around. Your staff is terrible and so are you!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to catch up but failing miserably"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CSR (UK) full-time (More than 8 years)

    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!

    Advice to Management

    More respect towards the software development teams is required.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams, experienced people to learn from, good cantine. Gym included.

    Cons

    A lot of legacy code with bad architectural decision that have to get carried


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