AMD Reviews in Texas

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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Pros
  • Very laid back culture across the board and you can have an awesome work-life balance (in 109 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 24 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Typical large tech company

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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 an year)

    Pros

    If you have a love for technology and the opportunity to change the computing industry this is a great company to work for. AMD is currently working on a lot of exciting new products, there are plenty of great projects to work on if you know what you’re looking for.

    Cons

    AMD is understaffed in certain areas and that makes it hard to have a good work life balance if you work in one of those areas. It can also be hard to find the resources needed to complete your job. Like most big tech companies it also feels like you are just a number to upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put a big emphasis on improving the company culture and communication between business units and teams—the different business units/teams tend to keep separate which can make broad planning hard. Also keep pushing for cutting edge design wins, when we have great technology coming it’s easier for us to do our jobs and be inspired by them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    As a contract employee the pay is above average but the short contract with little notice it was ending was shocking.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Above average pay. Flexible hours. Onsite cafeteria. One on one reviews with management every other week are great to stay on track of my goals and what is expected of me.

    Cons

    Short term contract. I was told I would be there a year but contract was cancelled after 6 months due to budget cuts. I was there once before and it lasted 18 months which was great so I expected to be there at least a year but they pulled the plug early which caught me by surprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire too many contractors just to let them go after a few months. Utilize their unique skills and let them wear several hats and keep them around for a while. I have and always will be a loyal employee even as a contractor. I understand business is just business and contractors cost money so when the contract ends, it's not because I did something wrong. However, it would be nice to have the contact last at least as long as we are told it will.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    satisfied with the work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    work is balanced and encourage innovation

    Cons

    not many cons as such

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place to work and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work with a lot of talented and smart guys, the peer relationship is very good. Managers are nice. Can touch the cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    a lot of re-org recent couple of years... team is short staffed, and need to work over time. Not every day, but maybe around 5 months out of 1 year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Engineering

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    • 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

    Great engineering team.
    The company is not too large, so there are many opportunities for broadening your horizon.
    Decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation has not kept up with industry peers. The low stock price makes stock awards look small.
    The company has recovered from the hole it was in two years ago but it still has a long way to go before it is truly financially stable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Technical position at AMD

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    AMD has lots of freedom on work schedules.

    Cons

    Organization and product lines are in a little bit of a transition period now/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More direction for current long term employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn, if you enjoy a challenge

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    * Always challenging
    * Many smart people, and almost all of them are willing to teach you what they know
    * Very casual culture, engineers are generally approachable and friendly. Dress code is non-existent.
    * Technical ideas usually succeed on their merit - anyone can offer up a good idea and impact the product, no matter how junior
    * Can-do attitude still exists, despite occasionally getting burned out
    * Generous work from home policy and fairly flexible hours
    * Flexible career path - managers are open and supportive of changing groups if you want to try another job (at least between verif/DFT/RTL/synthesis teams)
    * Lower to mid level management all have engineering backgrounds and are technically competent
    * Mid-to-senior level management has improved substantially on the engineering side - Jim Keller is an engineer's engineer which is great to have at an executive level

    Cons

    * Always challenging
    * Workload can be very heavy at times, and additional compensation is rarely offered. It is easy to burn out and largely your individual responsibility to manage your own workload and say when enough is enough
    * Benefits are standard to sub-standard, have substantially declined during the no/negative-profit period and seem unlikely to improve any time soon, despite profitability
    * Consistent low level attrition (this is maybe to be expected, as Austin has a very active market for chip designers)
    * Cost cutting measures can make you feel like you're getting nickled and dimed to death sometimes
    * It's not always clear what impact your work will make on the company's success until long after the fact. Being highly self-motivated, enjoying a challenge, and being able to ignore high level distractions and just focus on the immediate project are requirements to work happily here - which is fine, as long as you fit that description. If you don't, you may not enjoy it at all.
    * Emotional stability is a requirement here. You have to roll with the punches, including annual layoffs, and not get overly distracted or distraught. The longer you work here, the easier it gets, and management is supportive, so this becomes less of a con over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Make that turnaround happen! Our success or failure is largely your responsibility - define the right projects and develop the right partnerships and the employees will take care of the rest.
    * Continue efforts at increasing clarity and communication. It's helping.
    * Far too many invisible VPs that have minor job descriptions or just manage other VPs. When we're constantly strapped for engineers, being top-heavy is inexcusable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Affairs Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Affairs Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers and progressive work environment. I got to work on a strategic philanthropy campaign and it was a great way to learn about that side of the corporate world. Work/life balance was very positive. Plenty of opportunities to volunteer for charity.

    Cons

    They didn't have a full time position available for me after the internship. Budget was in flux at the time, I'm not sure how it is now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good, but illegal?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Co-Op Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, laid back, fun, interesting environment. A lot of knowledgeable employees that for the most part are willing to help you adjust to their environment.

    Cons

    Hourly workers are asked to work overtime, but not paid for that work. The co-op students are treated like they are completely ignorant, and sometimes ignored completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change Co-op students to salary if you aren't going to pay them the hours they work.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Freedom to be creative

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    • 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

    Allows individuals to truly contribute and work end to end to get things done. Leadership is moving the company in the right direction

    Cons

    internal processes can make it difficult to get the job done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the process bottle necks and it would be an amazing place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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