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AMD Reviews in Boxborough, MA

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  • Potentially good work/life balance if you don't have too many conference calls in off hours (in 113 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 59 reviews)


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  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 25 reviews)

  • Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck (in 51 reviews)

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    Great technology but difficult management and culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The technology is very cool and the company is small enough that you can make a real difference. The fusion stuff where CPUs and GPUs work closely together is awesome.

    Cons

    The company can't seem to make money. Products are constantly canceled. Schedules constantly shift. Responsibilities and ownership for common stuff is often unclear. Lots of schedule chicken and passing the buck. Decisions often don't get made at all, or at best they are delayed until the last possible moment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A frustrating place to work -- poor management decisions and cumbersome processes

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    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good technical people and challenging work.

    Cons

    Ongoing management churn with poor decisions, missed schedules, and frequent roadmap revisions. Software release processes are convoluted and failing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Hire and Fire mindset

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very talented and intelligent engineers that were great to work with

    Cons

    Management completely screwed up with constant thrashing of projects and no clear direction that they are taking the company, if they continue this way they will not survive.
    Hire and fire mindset, fire employees to make the financials look good then months later hiring again. Very shady, I know of a woman that was on maternity leave and was laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a concrete plan/direction and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    welcome to the inside of the box, here are your politics

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    The paycheck is good.

    Different teams are open and honest in their communication with each other; it is less "silo"-ed than some places.

    Cons

    It's the first job I didn't love. It's the first job I needed to work weekends just to stay afloat.

    AMD puts each employee in a little box. Once they find out you can do something, you get to keep doing that one thing forever. You may be promoted and get a raise, but your actual role will not change. Professional development? They've heard of it...

    Management is variable. Some of the management usually makes decent decisions. Some efforts that should have been achievable, instead have been derailed by unproductive political battles. So it can be a free for all. Where's the adult supervision? It's a good place if you are a politician.

    The company nearly went broke during the 2008-2009 recession.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cease operations and free the wage slaves? Who knows what can save this co. from its 1990s business model, internal politics, and competitors who are stronger on the high end and nimbler on the low end?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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