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AMD Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.1 1,096 reviews

51% Approve of the CEO

AMD President & CEO Rory Read

Rory Read

(366 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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    Nice place to work and learn

    Senior Design Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    Proswork with a lot of talented and smart guys, the peer relationship is very good. Managers are nice. Can touch the cutting edge technologies.

    Consa lot of re-org recent couple of years... team is short staffed, and need to work over time. Not every day, but maybe around 5 months out of 1 year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Analyst (Current Employee) Tacoma, WA

    Prosgood company to work for

    Conslots of competition in this market so you have to really aggressive !

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just look at the bottom line and remember who actually do the jobs for you !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Engineering

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGreat engineering team.
    The company is not too large, so there are many opportunities for broadening your horizon.
    Decent work-life balance.

    ConsCompensation has not kept up with industry peers. The low stock price makes stock awards look small.
    The company has recovered from the hole it was in two years ago but it still has a long way to go before it is truly financially stable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Technical position at AMD

    Member of Technical Staff Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsAMD has lots of freedom on work schedules.

    ConsOrganization and product lines are in a little bit of a transition period now/

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore direction for current long term employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people

    Sales (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat people to work with

    ConsLack of money, creativity and continuing to fight intel

    Advice to Senior ManagementBest wishes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I enjoyed working at AMD

    Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsFlat organization - managing your own work
    Personal growth - provide trainings

    ConsCompensation - on the low side
    Work/Life balance - night calls

    Advice to Senior Managementgood place for your career if you want to learn and ok with frequent organization changes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn, if you enjoy a challenge

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    Pros* Always challenging
    * Many smart people, and almost all of them are willing to teach you what they know
    * Very casual culture, engineers are generally approachable and friendly. Dress code is non-existent.
    * Technical ideas usually succeed on their merit - anyone can offer up a good idea and impact the product, no matter how junior
    * Can-do attitude still exists, despite occasionally getting burned out
    * Generous work from home policy and fairly flexible hours
    * Flexible career path - managers are open and supportive of changing groups if you want to try another job (at least between verif/DFT/RTL/synthesis teams)
    * Lower to mid level management all have engineering backgrounds and are technically competent
    * Mid-to-senior level management has improved substantially on the engineering side - Jim Keller is an engineer's engineer which is great to have at an executive level

    Cons* Always challenging
    * Workload can be very heavy at times, and additional compensation is rarely offered. It is easy to burn out and largely your individual responsibility to manage your own workload and say when enough is enough
    * Benefits are standard to sub-standard, have substantially declined during the no/negative-profit period and seem unlikely to improve any time soon, despite profitability
    * Consistent low level attrition (this is maybe to be expected, as Austin has a very active market for chip designers)
    * Cost cutting measures can make you feel like you're getting nickled and dimed to death sometimes
    * It's not always clear what impact your work will make on the company's success until long after the fact. Being highly self-motivated, enjoying a challenge, and being able to ignore high level distractions and just focus on the immediate project are requirements to work happily here - which is fine, as long as you fit that description. If you don't, you may not enjoy it at all.
    * Emotional stability is a requirement here. You have to roll with the punches, including annual layoffs, and not get overly distracted or distraught. The longer you work here, the easier it gets, and management is supportive, so this becomes less of a con over time.

    Advice to Senior Management* Make that turnaround happen! Our success or failure is largely your responsibility - define the right projects and develop the right partnerships and the employees will take care of the rest.
    * Continue efforts at increasing clarity and communication. It's helping.
    * Far too many invisible VPs that have minor job descriptions or just manage other VPs. When we're constantly strapped for engineers, being top-heavy is inexcusable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Internship Experience

    Community Affairs Intern (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsVery friendly co-workers and progressive work environment. I got to work on a strategic philanthropy campaign and it was a great way to learn about that side of the corporate world. Work/life balance was very positive. Plenty of opportunities to volunteer for charity.

    ConsThey didn't have a full time position available for me after the internship. Budget was in flux at the time, I'm not sure how it is now.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    AMD slowly turning around

    Director of Engineering (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    Prosawesome and very smart people;
    great working environment

    Consslow and archaic processes
    long working hours

    Advice to Senior Managementstick to a strategy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience

    Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Fort Collins, CO

    ProsGood immediate management. Fairly open in decision making processes and good benefits.

    ConsNever know if the next new CVP will decide to move your job elsewhere. Or do layoffs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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