AMD Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
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Pros
  • Very laid back culture across the board and you can have an awesome work-life balance (in 101 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The absolute worst company you can ever work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, NC

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

    Pros

    The company had a good family culture for a while but soon faded when the lack of roadmap and the constant back stabbing of people within your organization happens when the try to protect their own jobs

    Cons

    Everything after 2011 was a complete disaster. Only look at this place if you are willing to work for a 1.5 year stint otherwise you will have a target on your head for layoff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to get a clue on how to keep this company afloat.

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

    Management seems to be lost at this point

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    Current Employee - Smts  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Smts in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent salary. Relatively competitive high tech work,

    Cons

    Management seems to have no idea what they are doing or which direction they want to take company to. No long term vision for the company. It was a great company at one point but now I don't see a good future (if any) for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect employee. Take care of employee and revenue will follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Recruiter

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    Former Employee - Staff Recruiter  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Recruiter in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    extremely 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 ManagementAdvice

    Break 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Graphics group

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    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work if projects don't get cancelled

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to keep talent and provide better product roadmap

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is jumping ship if that says anything

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at AMD full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    recruited me and then in 1.5 yrs laid me off

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    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff  in  Boxboro, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Boxboro, MA

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    not a great place to work if you value long-term employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    mobile

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    not too bad, need improvement a lot

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    close to home, some friends are there

    Cons

    need to work harder, harder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to be smart, be fair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    manager or school professor, either one is same category.

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    9-5, work-life balance, nice people, nice location

    Cons

    weak management, too much political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value employee, not permanent head damage (PhD) or school-theory professor!

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    absolute disgrace of a company

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    easy going culture
    good severance package

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    8 year former employee

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    1) 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.

    Cons

    1) 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 ManagementAdvice

    1) 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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