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Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Global Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    People were nice. Teamwork environment. Lis

    Cons

    Didn't value employees. Senior management didn't have a clue. No strategy. Poor execution.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Define good strategy. Execute the plan.

  2. Good

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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very enthusiastic and passionate senior staff

    Cons

    management hierarchy may be revisited

  3. Overall it's not a bad experience working for AMD.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of technical disscusion and meetings.

    Cons

    The culture is not good for fresh graduate or junior.

    Advice to Management

    Didn't care about the engineers at all.

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    Recent trends are very concerning

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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

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

    Pros

    My favorite part about working at AMD is the people I get to work with on a daily basis. The folks on my team are amazing, smart, and dedicated individuals who care about their work and want the company to succeed. Work-life balance is fantastic.

    Cons

    Over the last 3 to 5 years, I feel that interactions between organizations at AMD have have become much more confrontational. I have noticed much more finger pointing and failure to take responsibility. It's very likely that this change has been caused by resources being stretched too thin.

    There is a strong push from upper management to transfer more responsibilities to pre-silicon teams, but those teams have so far been unable to deliver on their commitments in order to enable post-silicon teams to be successful.

    The trend appears to be to move jobs overseas to lesser-skilled workers in India and Asia. My team has been tasked with training a set of employees in India. I suspect I will be let go later this year.

    Advice to Management

    Product roadmaps must be stabilized and cannot be allowed to change as often as they have been.

  6. Lots of great people

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are hardworking, smart people that work well together. There is a mentality of lending a hand vs. being hands off.

    Cons

    The promotions and raises are few and far between. You have to leave the company and come back to get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and provide raises

  7. Helpful (1)

    A once shining light slowly fading due to ineffective leadership and poor decision making.

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent people - Folks at AMD have that underdog, fighter mentality, they are bold, scrappy, and eternally optimistic. As a result people are very collaborative and tend to work very well together to get the job done. A rich IP portfolio across x86, Graphics, and emerging technologies means the company has the tools to be successful.

    Cons

    Continued annual restructuring and downsizing has left people over worked and underpaid, burnt out. Lack of competitive products and roadmap due to poor decision making is costing the company valuable partnerships and brand equity. Engineering is overworked and stretched to thin on too many projects, only exacerbating the situation.

    Advice to Management

    Be decisive, tactical, and innovative. Since we don't have the deep pockets for R&D or marketing of our chief competitors we need to choose the markets where we can succeed and go after them exclusively. We can no longer afford the "peanut butter spread" to try and be all things to all customers. It only continues to sour relationships when we make commitments we can't meet.

  8. Could be better

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    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Think wider

  9. A historically underperforming company with unproven leadership facing major challenges.

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Software is secondary

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    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Only for Engineering and Technology

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

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

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

    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

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