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AMD President & CEO Rory Read

Rory Read

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    Staff Recruiter (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsSupported Good People / Business Units, onsite Gym, Cutting edge technology, first green facility in Austin to include 5 bulidings

    Consextremely poor HR and corporate management. Extremely clickish, with a never turn your back mentality. I watched the stock drop from $9.20 down to $1.80 a share as a direct result of the worst sales origination I have every supported. HR business partners are cut throat and only care about getting ahead not fixing bad business practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak the cycle of back stabbing and walk over you to get ahead mentality. do what you say and follow through on your commitments. Have a better understand of the market place, so you are not having lay offs every year to include 4 in 5 years. Get A type / PO driven sales personalities instead of team quota driven sales folks with nothing to lose if quotas are not met.

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

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    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood work if projects don't get cancelled

    ConsNot much of technical knowledge remaining in graphics group
    Management is not strong enough

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to keep talent and provide better product roadmap

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    Management is jumping ship if that says anything

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood work life balance. However, working for a company that always loses money sucks.

    ConsUpper management has all bailed within a 3 month span - CMO, CFO, CIO all gone. This is a true sign of a bad company

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

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    recruited me and then in 1.5 yrs laid me off

    Principal Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
    Boxboro, MA

    ProsExtremely poor executive manglement...jump here, get laid off, get a package!

    Consnot a great place to work if you value long-term employment

    Advice to Senior Managementmobile

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

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    not too bad, need improvement a lot

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Prosclose to home, some friends are there

    Consneed to work harder, harder

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to be smart, be fair

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

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    manager or school professor, either one is same category.

    Member of Technical Staff Design (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros9-5, work-life balance, nice people, nice location

    Consweak management, too much political

    Advice to Senior Managementvalue employee, not permanent head damage (PhD) or school-theory professor!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    absolute disgrace of a company

    Senior Product Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Proseasy going culture
    good severance package

    ConsI had survived through 5 layoffs in the past 5 years. Finally got hit the 6th time.
    As you can see, the upper management hasn't done anything different.
    I guess this is what happens with every layoff they say "It is not about your performance".

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have no strategy. When the whole industry and market is pointing at mobile computing, you put in more resources into desktops. Do you even have a plan to gain some market share? Do you even know the tenets of Marketing? Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning? I guess not!

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

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    8 year former employee

    Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros1) The people - engineers (hardware, software and debug) were fantastic people. Lower management as well were all hard working and conscientious. I would gladly call everyone I worked with my friend.
    2) Work life balance - Other than bringup/launch times, plenty of leeway was given to do the things that we all want to do: go to school with kids, eat dinner at home with family, go the the gym, etc.
    3) Doing what you want - I was firm enough with my manager that when I said I was going to do something, I meant it. So, when I wanted to learn something new, I was able to go do it.

    Cons1) Squeaky wheel syndrome - I was squeaky, so I got more grease than those around me, but they don't give you ANYTHING that you don't demand. They really should reward people for their effort, not for their complaining.
    2) Management sucks - I was there for 7 or 8 rounds of layoffs and I kept watching the talent walk out the door while the managers and PMs filled their ranks with "architects" and fellows.

    Advice to Senior Management1) It is time to hire some new-grads. They are hard working and eager. They train, usually, in 6months to a year and they stick around for 4-5 years before they realize you are screwing them. They are a good resource that you should use to good effect.
    2) You pay people to be subject matter experts, so here's an idea: Listen to them when they give you their expert opinion.
    3) Stop replacing your outgoing talent with contract labor. You literally laid off half of the CAM team while hiring replacement contracts. Those people knew what they were doing and got the job done. You crippled that team to save a few dollars. Shame on you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Where hard work and contribution account for nothing

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsAMD pays well and has excellent benefits.

    ConsThe company is going through some major changes. They are a ship without a rudder. Even with the new CEO it is highly speculative if AMD will succeed or fail. Even if it's the former, understand that the culture probably won't change, that it's more important for you to "play the game" than it is to simply excel at your job and let your work do the talking. Recent downsizing eliminated a lot of very smart, hard-working employees and kept more than a few mid-level managers who are largely the root cause for AMD's problems in the first place. In a word, "politics." The managers are more interested in doing what they can to save their jobs than they are to provide a roadmap that makes sense or management that nurtures excellence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNow that you've managed to eliminate your highest paid (i.e., experienced) employees, you'd better hire smart. Watch mid-level management and continue to clearly communicate a single focused direction for AMD.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst employment experience in nearly 20 years of working

    IT Analyst I (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsCoworkers were smart and dedicated to problem solving and resolving issues, and attempting to come up with solutions to common problems.

    ConsManagement was terrible at working with, and listening to the people that worked for them. They had their own agenda which included only themselves, and how much of a bonus they can pull for themselves at the expense of others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to your employees. Treat them fairly and with respect. Work with other teams in a fluid manner, and stop butting heads with the other teams that make the orginizaton work. It takes effort from everyone to make the company work. Not just your convoluted ideas that you think might work so you can get a bigger bonus. Stop taking everything as a personal attack when something does not go your way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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