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Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee
    Former Employee - Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Need clean up the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Company to work for

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Cut management level.
    Get rid of people only talks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Too much politics

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No security in doing a job well done

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    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Boxborough, MA

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Self serving, greedy and no clear vision

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career Suicide

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Nice environment as far as buildings/location at the Austin campus. Most people were great, worked hard and very loyal

    Cons

    NEVER see this company as an advancement in a career and NEVER count on it for long term stability. Your best off looking for other work if you are still employed and leave on your own terms because the next layoff is ticking closer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They would not take it even if given. Rory Read needs to go for starters!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No way

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    Former Employee - Global Lead Sourcing in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Global Lead Sourcing in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I worked in the Austin office, and like most company offices in this city, it's an overall decent vibe and good office environment.

    Cons

    Working in the global lead sourcing department was a nightmare. The people who run the department were not only incompetent, they were all around horrible people from a personal perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your procurement folks. No one likes them and the make those around them miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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