Imagination Technologies

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Updated Jul 12, 2014

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3.4 47 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Imagination Technologies CEO and Director Hossein Yassaie

Hossein Yassaie

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74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    challenging times

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI learned a great deal

    Consmercurial often unfocused upper leadership

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company full of interesting work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly environment with people really passionate about their work. Plenty of variety day-to-day and you never feel without a challenge. Great transport links, easily commutable from London.

    ConsSalary increases are sometimes unclear and perhaps a little less than competitive with similar jobs. Career progression can also be somewhat of an unknown.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing a great job, keep it up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Laid back; hard problems to solve, yet bad pay; management prioritise non-engineering problems in an engineering company

    Software Design Engineer (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsAlmost all jobs here revolve around designing hardware or writing software for that hardware. That's a fun and challenging thing to do if you're into it.

    There's a decent canteen, a decent 'campus' including fancy new all-glass buildings, easy transport links. Most of the people there are ok. Bad people don't get weeded out, so if you can't be bothered working you only have to work harder than the bottom rungs of the ladder and you're safe. It's the corporate form of tenure, I guess. (From my point of view: this as a pro. From a corporate point of view it's probably bad for the bottom line)

    Also: They give you free doughnuts/pastries on a Wednesday.

    ConsSuffering growing pains as they become a large international company. e.g.

    *They insist on buying loads of random companies all over the world rather than paying their current staff more.

    * HR + admin continually create pointless and dangerously ambiguous rules and then issue them as some kind of iron-cast declaration. Most of them do nothing but makes managers happy but they all outright ignore the common engineering worker, which is a massive detriment to the company. They're essentially trying to PR spin their own employees into thinking they have it better than they have. We moved into a new building about a year ago and we went from an "anything goes" environment to not having more than X number of PCs present on our desks (In an environment where people regularly have about 3), no more than 2 monitors, NO WHITEBOARDS, no coat hooks, only 1 set of power sockets, no real segmentation of space and privacy as everything is made of glass (in a profession that is probably 90% introvert). Absolutely no thought was given to what the actual software and hardware engineer's environment that we'll encounter on a daily basis. It's completely stifling to work in. This is a huge negative in terms of the everyday working practice, but the people in the admin office think it makes the place look nice (they got some fancy sinks for their fancy new bathrooms!) so it's best we go along with it.

    * The wages are generally bad. The CEO and Board are happy to say they don't care about the share price, and yet stock is an essential part of the financial compensation, meaning the overall 'pay' is often terrible and in some years the employees have a massive flux from the last as the stock dives from £8 to £1.50.

    * The company has an absolute lack of regard for an employee's progression and skill development in the company. They hardly bother changing anyone's title, even if they've been there years and out-grown their old one. In their small start-up days this would have been fine, but we're a company of 1000+ now, it'd be nice to have some recognition for our work.

    * As mentioned, they don't weed out bad and useless people, meaning you have to deal with some complete idiots who are nothing but a waste of time and energy. We've had school-level interns join us, knowing nothing about what we do, and still manage to outperform some of our employees. (coupled with the lack of job titles means you don't know if the person you're talking to in another team is of any use or not)

    * Some of the software process is a joke, such as the way bugs are dealt with, and there's a complete lack of respect from management for creating proper tools, even though they're the lifeblood of every employee. The software teams just cobble them together themselves, get shouted at for "wasting time" on this tool, yet receive no praise when the entire company gets years worth of man hours as a result. (e.g. objanal is a saviour, and yet not a single team owns it. Even the hw-sim and hw-design teams use it). There's no enforced teaching material for new people, which just completely wastes experienced engineer's time as we retell people the same thing every time. Any attempt to create a division wide teaching syllabus has been shot down. (protip: Every engineer in the software department works on the exact same thing). We also have entire teams dedicated to completely overengineering our drivers (services!) and due to fearmongering from the higher-ups we can't even open source our drivers, meaning the linux community hates us.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the bad employees. Give their pay to everyone else (i.e. better pay for everyone else). Give more respect to the engineering environment and realise that admin staff who can't even type emails in decent English shouldn't be setting the engineering environment that the company depends upon.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Below Industry standard Salaries

    Hardware Design Engineer (Current Employee) Hyderābād (India)

    ProsFriendly people, nice place to work

    ConsBelow Industry standard salaries, Hikes are too low, and shares given to employees are very low.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My dream job... up to the pay

    Hardware Design Engineer (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsVery nice and inspiring working environment with interesting and challenging tasks to work on surrounded by very talented people.

    ConsGood heavens, the pay! It is the lowest salary in the market (compared to similar companies like ARM), they don't pay overtime (that you do regularly, at least 5 hours per week) and the fantastic medical package with which they justify the low pay is literally useless. It covers nothing that the NHS doesn't cover, not even basic dentistry (not even check-ups), and you still have to go to your NHS GP first (and wait for weeks for an appointment or for death, whichever comes first), and the only thing it really does is to allow you to choose a specialist rather than taking the one your GP wants. Literally just that; and you have to pay extra for your spouse and kids. Besides, the company is only 30 miles from London, which means that you won't find a decent one-bedroom flat for less than 1000 quid per month. Also, London Midland (railway) is disproportionately expensive. That makes the low salary seem even worse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe products you're so proud of and that are making the company grow are developed by your bright and hard-working engineers. If you don't stop paying them that bad, you're going to lose them. How can it be that your sales and marketing people (bachelors, maybe a few masters) are paid twice as much as your engineers? Without your engineers (all masters and even phds with honours and years of experience), there would be no products for them to sell.
    And stop treating your engineers like scum. Jolly, throwing out all microwaves in a building full of engineers and with no external visitors just because "somebody" allegedly complained about warm-food smells! And with what efficiency! I wish you would react that fast when your employees complain about uncomfortable, old chairs, too little desk space or bad keyboards!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very positive, enjoyed working their a lot and everyone was very friendly.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Watford, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly and supported atmosphere, social events and as treat Wednesdays, and the food at the canteen was surprisingly good as well.

    ConsThe pay is fairly poor for their competitors and they do expect you to work hard, but that is reasonable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pleasant Experience, but lacking substance

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Kings Langley, England (UK)

    ProsExcellent team work environment (at least in my office)
    Company with strong leading presence in the market
    Opportunity to work with current and next generation graphics

    ConsPay increase not properly explained, shares scheme takes too long and not currently paying out, job opportunity seemed exciting but turned out into boring projects most of the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClarify pay increase

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software developper

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    Pros- new IT processors
    - friendly environment
    - Location is good, easily accessed by public transportation.

    Cons- hard to get Management position
    - they are not transparent while hiring Process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work in

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Wrocław (Poland)

    ProsFlat structure, collegial atmosphere, free cakes every Wednesday

    ConsNot the highest salaries in the region

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall Good

    Hardware Design Engineer (Current Employee) Pune (India)

    ProsGood salary standard..work is also good

    ConsLess opportunity to grow in management ladder..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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