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  • February 14, 2024

    What Makes Marvell – A “Labor of Love” as a Bonsai Tree Master

    By Mary Gorges, Content Manager, Talent Branding, Marvell

    At Marvell, navigating a dynamic work environment demands precision and attention to detail. Our team members often channel these same skills into their personal passions and hobbies as well. Meet Thomas Pfeffer, Marvell's EMEA Distribution Manager, whose passion lies in cultivating bonsai trees – a "labor of love" that intertwines both nature and art. Join us as we explore Thomas's unique journey and discover how these miniature marvels also bring a touch of serenity and accomplishment to his professional life.

    Thomas has up to 110 bonsai trees in his 750-square foot garden in northern Germany and goes to up to a dozen shows a year to share his passion. A cross between horticulture and art, bonsai trees may be tiny, but they have an immense impact on the masters who care for them. Says Thomas, “Over the last years, my attitude toward bonsai changed from a ‘beautiful little tree’ to an absolute balance to my professional life. It also goes beyond that. I now walk through nature differently than before and bonsai has even influenced the furnishings and design of my house and rooms.”

    Years of styling, wiring, watering, repotting, and pruning separate amateur bonsai trainers from masters, like Thomas. It took him 16 years to get certified to teach. He says about the training, “Teachers want to see your development and how your trees have developed over time. You have to learn a lot of styles – some that are not for beginners. And you must have patience.”

  • January 18, 2024

    What Makes Marvell - Anu Agrawal’s Unforgettable Journey in Antarctica

    By Mary Gorges, Content Manager, Talent Branding, Marvell

    At Marvell, we celebrate the extraordinary experiences of our employees on a regular basis.

    Recently, our own Anu Agrawal accomplished a remarkable feat by completing a half marathon in Antarctica. Once past the icy Drake Passage to travel there, Anu faced the most challenging running course of her life. Join us as we explore her awe-inspiring journey, highlighting the traits that drive her to conquer challenges and inspire others, both in and outside the workplace.

    Just to reach her destination, Anu’s ship needed to cross the notorious Drake Passage, an icy expanse situated at the foot of South America. Alongside her fellow travelers, she encountered towering waves measuring 25 feet and beyond. The journey itself was challenging, and by the time Anu was ready to run, she had gone almost two weeks without engaging in any exercise. This extended hiatus from training added an extra layer of difficulty as she prepared to tackle the race. 

    Once underway, Anu found herself navigating a course that was hilly, gravelly and muddy, making it the toughest course she and many of her 150 fellow runners had ever experienced. The challenging conditions prompted several participants to switch from the full marathon to the 13-mile half marathon. Despite the real risk of hypothermia in the frigid Antarctic environment, Anu and the other runners remained undeterred. They embraced the tradition of the “polar plunge” into icy waters.

  • January 11, 2024

    Embrace the spirit of service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    By Mari Escamilla, Engagement Manager, Marvell

    No matter where in the world you might be, the words “I have a dream” probably sound familiar to you. This powerful phrase, once said by American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., is also the title of a speech he presented to millions in 1963, in which he called for equality for Black Americans. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he shared his vision of a free and just society, where people would be judged by their character and not the color of their skin.

    60 years since that historic moment, his legacy continues to resonate with people today. Desmond Manford, Sr. HR Business Partner at Marvell, shared his reflections with us as we discussed King’s meaningful impact on society.  

    Growing up in Ghana, Africa, Desmond knew about Martin Luther King, Jr, but learned more about the civil rights leader's impact, sacrifice and vision as he lived and studied in the U.S. “I realized while nothing is perfect, some of the benefits I received were a direct result of the civil rights movement. Just the ability to be able to go to college - going through college was truly amazing,” shared Desmond.

    As Desmond learned more, he felt inspired to do more – acting on his passion for volunteerism as a gesture of gratitude and honor for a leader and country that has done so much for him. Nestled in his community of Folsom, California is the Twin Lakes Food Bank, which provides food to those in need. Desmond is an active member of their leadership team, providing expertise in the field of people, performance, hiring, succession planning and other HR tasks. He invests his time in strengthening the organization by advocating for their mission, helping families access food, and searching for new ways to nurture the mental and physical health of those living in his community.

  • January 08, 2024

    Marvell India’s Vibrant Tech Ecosystem

    By Mary Gorges, Content Manager, Talent Branding, Marvell

    Country Manager Navin B. describes the unique engineering culture thriving within Marvell India as stemming from its ingrained diversity. “Marvell India thrives on a blend of backgrounds – diverse regions, ethnicities, skill levels, languages, and gender. And while all of Marvell India is geographically apart from corporate headquarters in California, this leads to even more nurturing of collaboration.”

    Navin notes, however, that nearly 25 percent of the world's fabless design engineers are in India, a key factor in having Marvell's large Design Center there. He adds, “When we talk to candidates about why Marvell India, we highlight first, that we’re enabling the silicon data infrastructure of the future, and secondly, that we are located in the middle of a tech hub which includes our customers and partners, and we take great pride in that.”

    Marvell's India Design Center spans four sites – in Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, and Chennai, each unique in scale and character – yet collectively contributing to the richness of Marvell's diversity. The Bangalore site is the largest with over 1,000 employees.

  • December 20, 2023

    Innovation Inside Out at Marvell: Tapping into the Power of GenAI with Our Own Employees

    By Mary Gorges, Talent Recruitment Content Lead, Marvell

    Generative AI is inspiring the imagination of millions around the world with exciting new applications and uses. At Marvell, as we celebrate the yearly “Innovation Contest”, we challenged our employees to explore innovative ways GenAI can enhance our technologies for customers and streamline our own processes.

    The contest holds a special place within Marvell, as it sparks creativity, brings together cross-functional teams, reinforces our innovation-first mindset, and fosters an environment where every employee’s voice is not only heard but also valued. Our employees are excited about the work they’re doing because it’s work that is transforming the world.

    From every corner of the company, employees embraced the challenge of the contest. Just two rules applied: be relevant to Marvell’s business and embody the theme of GenAI innovation. Every idea – whether engineering or not – had the potential to come to life. This year, a record-breaking number of submissions poured in.

    The process started with all submissions categorized based on topics and content, then assigned to domain-specific committees of senior leaders from business units and company functions. The committees meticulously reviewed the submissions, evaluated them against common criteria, and selected their top few to advance to the next level of screening. They then presented their chosen submissions to a global group of experts in multiple domains from across the company, in a forum led by the company’s CTO. Using similar criteria, this expert group voted to choose our top five semi-finalists. 

  • November 06, 2023

    Honoring our Heroes on Veteran's Day

    By Mary Gorges, Content Manager, Talent Branding, Marvell

    At Marvell, we strive to create a culture of inclusion and belonging, where everyone feels welcomed, can share different perspectives, and work together to achieve a common goal. Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11 is an opportunity in the U.S. to honor the brave individuals who have selflessly served our country and to express our deep gratitude for their dedication and sacrifice.

    In recognition of Veterans Day, let’s hear from military veteran Joseph Goodearly, who’s been at Marvell for 18 years in our Storage business. He shares his perspective on what this day means for him and the military lessons he learned that have helped him in his post-military career.

    Join us in celebrating and honoring the contributions of our veterans and those currently serving in active duty around the world.

  • October 26, 2023

    Empowering Women at Marvell: Stories From Our First Inclusion Network

    By Mary Gorges, Talent Recruitment Content Lead, Marvell

    Women increasingly look beyond their own teams for advocacy and help to step into leadership roles and activities beyond their day-to-day jobs.

    Inclusion networks are a way for many companies to allow any employee to raise their hand and try on new roles. At Marvell, Women@Marvell is our first-ever inclusion network, or what many refer to as an Employee Resource Group (ERG). But why women first?

    “At Marvell, we are focused on elevating the lives and careers of women, not only in our company, but in the broader industry and the communities where we live and work. Women are largely under-represented in the semiconductor industry and are a hidden wealth of innovation and leadership. Launching our women’s inclusion network is just one small step toward helping women thrive,” noted Janice Hall, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer and Women@Marvell executive sponsor.

    Women@Marvell saw 500 women and men join in its first week. It offers mentoring, meaningful conversations, support and ideas to help members actively seek development opportunities. Leaders often share their influence and open doors, and members help each other find their way in more challenging times of their careers, such as becoming a first-time mother.

  • September 26, 2023

    Thriving at Marvell with Trust, Respect, and Integrity

    By Liz Du, Director, Marvell

    Employees have demonstrated remarkable resiliency over the past few years, adjusting to new ways of working during an unprecedented global crisis. It forever changed how employees think about their workplaces, careers, and personal lives, giving them new perspectives on what really matters.

    As a company, Marvell has also been evolving, tapping into employee experiences, and listening intently to their opinions on what makes Marvell a great place to work and how we can continuously improve. We were pleased to consistently hear appreciation for being able to experiment with cutting-edge technology, develop skills, and build products that help connect people all over the world.

    But another pattern took shape in their commentary as they emphasized the importance of teammates and leaders, uttering words like transparency, integrity, and respect. We believe these adjectives are no coincidence. They are interrelated characteristics Marvell has purposefully cultivated to help employees thrive.

  • August 29, 2023

    What it Means to Take Ownership: Shaping Careers and Innovation at Marvell

    By Liz Du, Director, Marvell


    We take pride in creating cutting-edge technology, but what truly stands out about the employee experience at Marvell is that our people have the freedom to take on compelling challenges and find new ways forward while continuously advancing their expertise. The idea of ownership is central to who we are, and it is the cornerstone of how Marvell operates. Every day, our employees take ownership by improving execution, fueling collaboration, and shaping outcomes. They solve problems and ignite breakthroughs, proving that the impossible isn’t. And they own what’s next–for themselves and their teams, for Marvell, and for the customers and industries built on our innovation.

    Watch the video to hear from our team members around the world as they speak in their own words about what ownership means to them.

  • July 11, 2023

    There’s Only One Way to Design the Technology of Tomorrow…Together

    By Liz Du, Director, Marvell

    Thousands of team members from around the world all have a hand in designing innovative semiconductor technology that moves, stores, processes and secures the world’s data. What keeps this ever-evolving global organization grounded and in sync? It’s our people and how they uphold our core behaviors: act with integrity and treat everyone with respect; execute with thoroughness and rigor; innovate to solve customer needs; and help others achieve their objectives. These behaviors shape our belief that how we do things is just as important as what we do, and they guide all of our interactions – both with each other and with our partners and customers. To illustrate how these behaviors come to life, let’s hear from Marvell employees directly.