AMD Reviews in Texas

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
1,124 Reviews

3.3
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Pros
  • Very laid back culture across the board and you can have an awesome work-life balance (in 101 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck (in 50 reviews)

  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    satisfied with the work culture

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    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work is balanced and encourage innovation

    Cons

    not many cons as such

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time for more than a 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
  3.  

    Great Engineering

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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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Community Affairs Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Affairs Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD as an intern for less than a 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
  8.  

    Good, but illegal?

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    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 for less than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Freedom to be creative

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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 for 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
  10.  

    AMD was a very good place to work, even during a significant transition time for the company

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager of Silicon Validation  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager of Silicon Validation in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    AMD gives its employee a lot of independence to accomplish your business commitments. Strong company vision. A lot of interesting opportunities during a significant transition time for the company.

    Cons

    Prior to the new CEO, AMD was struggling to define the strategy and take the company in the direction to realize that strategy required by the significant shift away from PCs and Server chips to the tablet and mobile space, and the need to capitalize on the introduction of integrated graphics and processor SoC products. The transition to the new strategy/direction has not always been smooth even with the new CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the technical community and continue to be inclusive of their expertise and experience as AMD strives to come back from the edge and become a significant global player and industry leader.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work if you're resilient.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, good benefits, and engaging work.

    Cons

    Constant churn and uncertain future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly define our future role in the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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