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Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    If 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)

    Cons

    1) 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 Management

    Stop hiring more incompetent directors and VPs and focus on hiring good engineers who can actually build good products .

  2. sssdo not hrurry to joDond

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    getting a pay check in case you need one

    Cons

    work environment is the worse I have ever seen

  3. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 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.

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  5. AMD is very bureaucratic and very depressive company

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    Current Employee - Architecture in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Architecture in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Need clean up the management.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Current Employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Slackers and politically correct folks can get paid for doing nothing.

    Cons

    Many bad managers that are ready to throw their resources under the bus. No focus on training or career development. Your manager will try to supress your growth to save his/her job. Redundancies in processes across organization.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring and retaining intelligent and driven folks. Lay off old timers who take fat salaries and are rigid to change.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Bad Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy life. reasonable pay.
    Good place for people to wait for retire.

    Cons

    No feature for senior technical people who just work..
    Too many politics even in technical level.
    Can not attract good talent.

    Advice to Management

    Cut management level.
    Get rid of people only talks.

  8. Too much politics

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good co-workers. You can learn a lot on the job (as you will have a ton of work to do). Nice office building (but will be sold soon)....

    Cons

    Compensation below industry standard. No pay hike, promotion. No respect for talent. No training opportunities. Don't ever think of management opportunity if you are an Asian. Management doesn't care if you quit. HR Exit interview is not mandatory.

    Advice to Management

    Must value and respect talent. Need to think whats right for the company and have some strategic thinking instead of settling for scraps.....

  9. Helpful (2)

    No security in doing a job well done

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive.
    Work is interesting.
    They offer pretty decent benefits.
    They have sites in many locations.
    They use quality industry tools.
    Most of the technical people are very bright and seem to know what they're doing.

    Cons

    There's a culture for a cycle of constant layoffs and constant hiring. So even if you do your job, meet your deadlines, your head may still be on the chopping block. It's an atmosphere of fear where you are constantly worried if you're playing the political game well or not. If you're a quieter person, this place definitely advocates that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. As a new person, you're constantly worried if you spoke enough in meetings or if your work is a high enough quality. But in the end, that doesn't matter, and it just depends on whether Senior Management likes you or not.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Self serving, greedy and no clear vision

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay money, sometimes hand out engineering samples and occasionally demoed new systems.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership - Either no leadership, or ineffective/impotent leadership. Take your pick.
    Lack of communication - Cannot communicate efficiently or effectively.
    Lack of common sense - IT people literally teach people how to use computers, teach engineers how to use Linux and teach internal organizations how to perform their job duties.
    Lack of responsibility - They don't even care about the stockholders, let alone the employees.
    Lack of advancement - Instead of elevating individuals who've thrived in the environment, they'd rather hire failures from other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all of middle management and start actually engaging the people who do the work rather than rewarding those who don't. Think differently, think outside the box. Do something different than what you are currently doing.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Working environment is tumultuous with constant layoffs, and constant hiring of executive level staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    The cafeteria is very nice.

    Cons

    Morale is excessively low across all groups, with the exception of the VP level and up.
    Room for growth is confined to senior level management and up.
    While promotions do occur within the company, mainly due to the constant layoffs, this also forces people to take on anywhere from 2-3 other individual's jobs, ultimately creating an environment set up for failure.

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