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Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
1,215 Reviews
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AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su
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Pros
  • Potentially good work/life balance if you don't have too many conference calls in off hours (in 114 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • short staffed in terms of resources and can impact your work life balance (in 27 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Typical Tech Boys Club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    Can learn a lot if self-motivated

    Cons

    Can only go so far up the ladder and get on good projects if you are not one of the boys. Sr Management talks about diversity and has committed to solving the problem. Great females keep walking out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying you will address the issue just to appease the crowd.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    leaving AMD soon

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    great place to learn; work-life balance fair; many great, hard-working co-workers; can be rewarded if among chosen few

    Cons

    consistently distressed, unstable environment; risky place to earn a living with questionable opportunity for reward; many self-serving co-workers; one can drop from chosen few status quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find the opex bottom soon and stabilize the company so people who stay can find true hope; stop focusing on org structure changes and execute; too early to rate Dr. Su... her predecessor was handed a mess and gave it his all...time will tell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stay away from AMD Server Group (Seamicro)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    Not really many pro's.

    Cons

    The management is immature and does not know their industry, which is why they have not sold anything and are struggling. AMD laid off 7 percent of their workforce while the server group had a 17 percent layoff which tells a lot. They are not innovative with their product design, Supermicro has more server innovation than this group does.
    Engineering is horrible in being able to support sales. We had to send engineers out to customers sites for weeks to get a system running.
    They will try to sell you on how great their product is and how great they are doing, don't listen to them as it is all a sham. They are struggling, have sub par engineering and do not have a clue on the server market.
    LAYOFFS ABOUND, STAY AWAY FROM AMD!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the server industry or get rid of the upper level management and replace them with someone who knows enterprise datacenters, the cloud or anything beyond their own arrogance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promising start on turnaround; now struggling to stay alive

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some smart people; good work ethic

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction, marginal management leadership skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a course and stick to it - no more 'flavor of the quarter' just to try to influence Wall Street investors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't be fooled by female CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    Living in Austin is the bomb.

    Cons

    Old boys club getting stronger and stronger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop favoring the men. Women have a lot to offer too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No Leadership-Stagnet mindset-Overloaded Middle Management-Posturing-Lack of Strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Still on NASDAQ, World really wants an Intel competitor. AMD is paying electricity bills on time

    Cons

    Too much focus on being innovative rather than doing the right thing right and focusing on the quality over being the first. AMD has little man complex and the culture is over 40 years old acting in this manner is very toxic. AMD appears in a tailspin of poor decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unseat all Corporate and Middle Management completely. Focus on empowering new employees who can bring new mindset and structure to the company. Prevent the architects and engineering from ruling the company. They should be lock-step with the corporate stated strategy not leading strategies. Not sure there is hope for AMD.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    From a Cheerleader to a Poor Leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Technical Program Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director, Technical Program Management in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to have good things to say about AMD, was really proud of the company and technology. After many years of trying to help them succeed, those feelings are gone. Execs are just milking the cow until its dead!

    Cons

    Way way way too much internal politics and power grab. The upper managers that have been there for years need to be cleaned out and replaced with fresh. All the talent has now left the company. Need to restart everything fresh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deep dive on near and long term future markets. See if you can find a new niche, and go after it. You presently don't have leaders running the company even with the new change. You need to start fresh.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    bad performance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    basically none, a sinking company

    Cons

    poor payment, no future, sinking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Playing for the team that always loses is not fun.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great vision plan
    Great dental play
    Great medical plan
    Free onsite Gym
    Flex time opportunities

    Cons

    Promotions & Raises can not be counted on each year, despite great performance evaluations.
    No real culture exists
    Every year there is a layoff and sometimes there is two per year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring the folks that graduated with a D in college.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No direction, always following the leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer II in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunities to learn and the general people in the company are great to work with. The company as a whole was developing some great technologies but along the way, managed to sell off that IP.

    Cons

    Upper management really doesn't have a grasp on where technology is going. Always following the leader with no innovation. Lots of politics between management. Lots of silos being created between groups which makes the work flow very difficult to function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start becoming a true leader and change the culture from the TOP going DOWN. Stop blaming the work force for poor direction the company is going and start taking risks on actually creating new products that means something. Think out of the box. Time to change the AMD way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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