Best hardware companies for a new grad in the bay area?

New pumbaa
Feb 5 43 Comments

Asking for myself and for my classmates, which companies are hiring fresh international students with masters?

which skills are in demand?

Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, Marvell, Nvidia, ARM, Juniper, HP, Apple, Google, Xilinx , Cisco, Cadence, Lab126...etc

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TOP 43 Comments
  • AMD / Eng LEtV72
    Learn how to write code and join software unless you are really passionate about hardware and willing to accept sub par pay. You are still fresh out of college and can crack sw interviews with correct preparation
    Feb 6 4
    • New pumbaa
      OP
      That might b a good option
      Feb 6
    • I agree. HW pay is substantially lower. I love HW but if I were to do it over SWE would be the way to go.
      Feb 6
    • Nvidia monolith
      This.
      Feb 6
    • Apple magikarp16
      ermmm! No!
      Feb 8
  • RingCentral
    Duck-Bezos

    RingCentral

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    Yahoo, Oath
    BIO
    One life to live!
    Duck-Bezosmore
    Roku
    Feb 5 2
    • Roku CsPw57
      I agree, however roku is somewhat similar to Netflix, we do not have many new grads. Most are seniors with 10+ years of experience
      Feb 5
    • Roku CsPw57
      In addition there is not much handholding or on job training. Not an ideal environment for fresh grads
      Feb 5
  • Pure Storage PureOnly
    Pure Storage has a great culture, company and product and growing.
    Feb 6 4
    • Pure Storage iSSk05
      We pay hardware good.
      Feb 6
    • Intel draven
      Do you hire asic ppl?
      Feb 6
    • Intel / Eng
      minato4

      Intel Eng

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      minato4more
      Yes.. they'll interview you with bitmap buddy and you'll feel you did great and later deny you the job.
      Feb 6
    • Pure Storage iSSk05
      We have some RTL people, but not many. I don’t think we ask bitmap buddy to hw candidates.
      Feb 7
  • Nvidia / Eng Mr.XoXo
    If you are hellbound on hw. Join a SW company's hw division. Microsoft, occulus, waymo, Google etc
    Feb 6 0
  • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng awkTanSed
    For those advocating software, what's the shelf life of an individual contributor(IC)? How much effort is required to keep pace with fast changing programming paradigms? How do u compete with steady stream of young talent that can put in the time bcos of few personal commitments?how many 40 yr old software engineers as IC around?
    Feb 6 1
    • Synaptics Flutie
      Heard this argument a thousand times. How many 20 year old HW engineers even crack 100k in their TC? Let’s get through your 20s and 30s first before you start worry about your 40s. I can tell you that life will be difficult for the next 20 years if you stay in HW
      Mar 17
  • Intel knPl06
    Go to Google. Or change to software engineering. Don't do hardware is my opinion.
    Feb 6 0
  • Intel sales 101
    Don’t do HW.... but if u must... join Intel, you can do it forever....
    Feb 6 3
    • Samsung Contra1543
      Bad advice. Intel is total trash.
      Feb 7
    • Intel bob_swan!
      He is referring to the fact once you get in you can rest and vest for 20 years like everyone else here ... also no one really works even 40 hrs here, so theres that for wlb...
      Feb 11
    • Samsung Contra1543
      You can rest and vest if you are chummy with your politician management.
      Feb 11
  • Tektronix / Sales
    BlueBerd

    Tektronix Sales

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    Oracle
    BlueBerdmore
    Don't forget about Lawrence Livermore Labs.
    Feb 6 3
  • MediaTek 📱☎️💽
    MediaTek!
    Feb 6 3
    • New pumbaa
      OP
      Hq in Asia so how is the management here on the US ?
      Feb 6
    • MediaTek 📱☎️💽
      Not too bad. Better than other Asian companies like Hussein, Samsung, ZTE.
      Feb 6
    • MediaTek 📱☎️💽
      Huawei
      Feb 6
  • Varian Medical / Product
    NzLh55

    Varian Medical Product

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    Apple
    NzLh55more
    We are the only company manufacturing in downtown Palo Alto (we make particle accelerators so maybe not what you want)
    Feb 6 1
    • New pumbaa
      OP
      Sounds like a cool place
      Feb 6
  • EMC sSrs53
    Easy, don't work in hardware. Be a developer. You'll make double what you'd ever make in hardware no problem. My friends with less experience then me in their applicable fields make almost 3x as much as I do.
    Feb 6 0
  • TI / Product IOlOl0
    Texas Instruments
    Feb 6 0
  • Intel / Eng
    minato4

    Intel Eng

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    minato4more
    Don't commit the mistake I did. I was passionate about circuit design - from IR drop, layout design to what not. Later realized the software industry has so much to offer at least in the present. Future may be AI but it's more tangential to Software as compared to hardware. Kept working on leetcode now GingTFO hardware and joining Software.

    Try to work for contemporary Technologies and demands asking with trends. You'll find passion in problem solving in engineering for sure.

    Just my venting out my opinion. I'm a fresher like OP as well 2yoe
    Feb 6 0
  • New pumbaa
    OP
    Is there any hw area that has a good future?
    Feb 6 4
    • Apple
      Feb 6
    • New pumbaa
      OP
      I meant hardware speciality, pcbs, verification, architecture, signal processing... Etc
      Feb 6
    • Apple gdej45
      No
      Feb 6
    • Intel sales 101
      Quantum computers.... but u will be an old man when it becomes profitable
      Feb 6
  • Intel RobertSwan
    Best advice is to go back to your country.
    Feb 6 0
  • Apple / Eng wBLy52
    just leetcode if you are young. Though this bloom maybe ending soon
    Feb 6 0
  • Indeed / Eng uvfdx5efdy
    Maybe trading mainly hft.But there are very few jobs.
    Feb 6 0
  • Will HW engineers ever be in shortage?
    Feb 6 0