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Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
1,188 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.  

    Could be better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    - very flexible working time,
    - laid-back and casual work place,
    - nice building,
    - gym, restaurant,
    - nice people

    Cons

    - lack of experienced software engineers - geeks,
    - a lot of arrogate people,
    - time pressure,
    - management not technical with lack of basic knowledge from industry stand point,
    - hardware very poor, computers used to work on were old and slow,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think wider

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A historically underperforming company with unproven leadership facing major challenges.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    AMD is a good place to work with some smart, hard working people. Senior management has a vision of shifting the product mix to embedded, enterprise and semi-custom and away from processors and graphics where they feel they can better compete and gain market share. This is the right direction in my opinion.

    Cons

    Change is extremely difficult in this 30+ year old company. A company of this size should be a lot more agile. There are a lot of siloed special interests that outwardly support change as long as it is not their area that changes. I do not have the impression that the executive leadership team is completely bought into the vision they claim to support based on the behavior of middle management. There is not enough focus on gross margin from the revenue side. Lacks sufficient measurement and control of margin eroding discounting practices from the sales teams. Serious need to flatten out end of quarter linearity but no focus in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the bottom line, opex and cash flow is not enough. Need to break out and manage the elements of ASP to stop the margin leakage. Challenge the sales teams to faster starts early in the quarter. Push finance to break out revenue elements, establish targets and measure progress. Invest in real process improvements, not just more data. Replace any senior management that is not fully bought into the strategy. Measure them by their actions and their willingness to change their own organizations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Only for Engineering and Technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, but right now the focus is on Engineering and key Technologies and any support functions are being minimized.

    Cons

    Yearly (or bi-yearly) reductions in force; only the focus areas will be supported over the near term; morale in many groups is very low

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Software is secondary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer & Lead Quality Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer & Lead Quality Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    My manager was very informal. I could try things to see if it was viable.
    Flexible hours made for great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of direction. I get being a hands off manager, but too much hands off and the team wasn't focused on moving in any specific direction.
    Plus, I feel that AMD is a hardware company at heart and didn't seem to get software development, nor foster those would did and tried to improve things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a goal.
    Listen to your employees on how to achieve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Resolve to win, with (some) losing strategies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology and people who want to see company be successful. No budget. Some online learning. Nice people.

    Cons

    Terrible HR culture. Business suffers as a result. Too many initiatives to be successful, leading to frustrating inertia as a way of life. Saying no means someone else will do it and you will not be "top talent". Suboptimal systems. Leaders in denial on what it takes to change, overstating "transformation".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize across the board. Show everyone a roadmap to your vision. Provide examples by role or function. Share more employee and customer feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    AMD Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance with time off as needed.

    Cons

    PC market on the decline. Difficult career advancement.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Security

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Security in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    One of the best command centers in the industry.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs, poor hiring of qualified personnel who are able to do the job, way too much unnecessary paperwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Had some great products, but overall an average company

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

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

    Pros

    Typical mid-sized high-tech company; flexible working hours (depending on your team/group/boss); most employees are nice and helpful; senior management confident turning around (they always do, don't they).

    Cons

    Surviving in a very competitive industry which is declining / not-growing, and whose market could shift quickly; hard workers work really hard, but easy worker work easy; average compensation; smaller cubical sizes; regular/annual restructuring and/or layoff; not enough investments and resources in many areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go private and restructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work when business is good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work is challenging and interesting when times are good and it really can feel like you are making a difference

    Cons

    Business can be hit or miss and this can provide many stressing points - work load, job security, outsourcing, technical focus, etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good people. Potential and thirst to do more. in 2014 and 2015 a lot of uncertainty. next two years are more of a gamble

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    people, learning opportunities in 2014 and 2015 (because of struggling state of business), great work-life balance, good ideas for future products,
    the CEO has good ideas and focus, but having a difficult time changing behavior and inbuilt culture. recent high level changes in org structure look promising, but hopefully not too late.

    Cons

    high future uncertainty, cutting costs, unaligned processes, too many execs.
    the company is trying to get ahead of its competitor but not really focusing on a few things. instead they are trying to everything. as a result, they are losing in the market, despite the big console win. lacks clear accountability for actions/results, most of the time people accept delays in results or failures a little too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    same as most other companies...nothing stellar about the management here. they need to get their act straight and chart out a clear and brutally honest path. stop all unwanted processes, get lean in structure and focus on just a few important things, with clear accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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