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Updated May 7, 2014
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3.1 1,099 reviews

51% Approve of the CEO

AMD President & CEO Rory Read

Rory Read

(368 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very laid back culture across the board and you can have an awesome work-life balance(in 101 reviews)

  • Nice campus, flexible work hours, some good people left but maybe not for much longer(in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck(in 50 reviews)

  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively(in 20 reviews)

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    alright place to work

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsLots of great engineering staff to work with
    Work can be interesting if you can get in the right department

    ConsSalaries are average unless you are in management position.
    AMD strives for average benefits.
    Management doesn't not really want people who think out of the box and question them - just say yes and be quiet.
    Newer management hasn't a clue about what's going on. I think they are just there to collect their parachutes and move on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo change the culture of a company you might first try attempting to improve the company instead of blaming your employees for their lack of work and and in attention to the customer.

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

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    A horrible place to work

    Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGlobal focus, some flexibility with work hours and ability to work from home

    ConsLittle to no career path or succession planning, weak HR support, have trouble retaining top talent, short-term focus, virtually no culture

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

     

    very nice company

    Business Systems Analyst (Former Employee)

    Prosgood culture to work, friendly

    Consnothing that i can think of

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good engineers, weak executives, bad managers, highly dysfunctional

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

    Prosgreat graphics technology, good work-life balance most of the time, some good research opportunities, relaxed work ethic, nice coworkers, not too much local politics

    Consthis company is a chronic underachiever and so cannot attract talented executives (who are compensated in relation to the company profits). managers range from incompetent to lackluster. An engineering career will go nowhere here but you may gain valuable experience.

    Advice to Senior Managementresign and break up the 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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    Many years spent hoping we would break the intel monopoly...but it never happened.

    Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsLots of good people here.

    ConsIt's the same roller coaster ride year after year

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop cutting employees and benefits programs. Get a solid identity and stick with it for once.
    Year after year we would deal with the highs and lows of the semiconductor industry, always living in the shadow of Intel. I and many other employees always embraced the underdog mentality and worked our butts off to better the company, only to have the direction of the company changed time and time again.
    This company has never been the same since Jerry Sanders left. He was a true motivator and always seemed to care about the well being of his employees. Now upper management only cares about the "shareholders" and lining their own pockets.

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

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    How the mighty have fallen!

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee) Boxborough, MA

    ProsIf you are reasonably smart and hardworking (and manage to keep your job through reorgs), fairly good place from work-life balance perspective

    Cons* Management tries to exploit limited opportunities in Boston area in chip design, by not compensating people properly.
    * Misalignment in leveling across locations (especially management in Boston does not reward employees at same level as other locations)

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have (or at least had till I worked there) very smart engineers. You owe them and the shareholders for all the mismanagement over the last 10 years. Show them a well thought out strategy and they will do great things for you.

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

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    Incompetent middle level mgmt + Hubris at the higer levels = Recipe for disaster

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you are driven , want to learn new things and stretch your responsibility ....you will have plenty of opportunities to do so(mostly because half the company doesn't care or doesn't want or doesn't know how to do the work)

    Cons1) Middle Management is mostly either incompetent or not willing to rock a sinking boat.
    2) WAY too top heavy with too many new directors and VPs from outside the company who have no clue about the AMD culture( which was a big plus for AMD for a long time - not anymore)
    3) The quality of hires over the last few years ( especially at the management level) has deteriorated to the point that some of the hires are just warm bodies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring more incompetent directors and VPs and focus on hiring good engineers who can actually build good products .

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

     

    sssdo not hrurry to joDond

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgetting a pay check in case you need one

    Conswork environment is the worse I have ever seen

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    Top heavy company, please move this sinking ship to right direction

    Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Learn lot of cutting edge CPU/GPU knowledge and how to deal with politics.
    - Learn and get away unless you are bosom friend of your boss. You will get bulletproof vest exempt from layoff.

    Cons- Very political and nepotism. Hiring and promotion only for their dull and unqualified old buddies. Work hard doesn't mean have chance to get reward or promotion, but reciprocated by layoff.

    - Low level developers are undervalued and overworked. Managers and old timers are relax, slow, unproductive and WFH. Perfect work-life balance and fat salary for them. Top notch favoritism. Shameless mouth-blabbering wins over dedicated and skilled hard workers.

    - Almost two years turmoil, but it won't stop. Upper management cuts many x86 projects and treats employee like COST and DIRT, middle management only care about their job aggressively throw their resources under the bus to cover their ass. Later on, they have to hire engineers back to run projects. This stupid "AMD routine" never saved cost and defer product launch schedule.

    - Now this is a place for mouth-blabbers, smart-talkers and shameless butt-kissers. Not a place for skilled and honest folks to invent exciting products.

    Advice to Senior Management- Wake-up pal, failed to be credible x86 2nd source, why expect low margin and crowded market ARM to bring tons of thousand cash ? There is no time and cash to bet on risky gamble.

    - Clean house incompetent management . Acquired money-losing business makes quarterly report worse.

    - Marketable engineers got cut or fled to competitors. There is no ability to compete with their rivals. Only cut x86 projects and massive layoff, no solid and effective turn around plan, it is suicide behavior. This company won't prosper again.

    - Invest more in x86 SOC, finding the right talent and investing in customer base.

    - Layoff decision should base on skills, not nepotism.

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

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    AMD is very bureaucratic and very depressive company

    Architecture (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosvery limited future, AMD is very bureaucratic and very depressive company

    ConsA lot of problems, no future for young people, no learning, no system.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed clean up the management.

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

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