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Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
1,187 Reviews
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Pros
  • Potentially good work/life balance if you don't have too many conference calls in off hours (in 113 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 25 reviews)

  • Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck (in 51 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Company to work for

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    • 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)

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No security in doing a job well done

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    • 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 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Self serving, greedy and no clear vision

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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 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
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    Too much politics

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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)

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career Suicide

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    No way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The absolute worst company you can ever work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, NC

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management seems to be lost at this point

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Smts in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Smts in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Recruiter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Recruiter in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than an 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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