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Atmel Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2014
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2.5 100 reviews

39% Approve of the CEO

Atmel President and CEO Steve Laub

Steve Laub

(67 ratings)

30% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • very good company from learning point of view with great work life balance(in 9 reviews)

  • Good people and an easy going working environment(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor progression for employees except maybe at senior management level(in 6 reviews)

  • The upper management levels treat everyone beneath them as slightly unintelligent, unworthy peons(in 5 reviews)

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    The Leaellynasaura of Silicon Dinosaurs

    Senior Silicon Paleontologist (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsLike the Leaellynasaura, Atmel is small, and has a long tail. It can probably hide and run for a while before eaten by the bigger beasts in the Valley.

    ConsLike the dinosaurs, the company will fail to evolve with the rapid business climate change, and instead, the company will continue to shield itself by adding layers of unnecessary management, politics, and bureaucracy.

    The exodus of talent is intrinsic to a business operated poorly, and as if that wasn't enough, the management team accelerates the extinction event by not making the proper investments, providing meaningful leadership, nor show any indicators that they actually understand the semiconductor business--not even a little.

    At Atmel, the days are long, but ultimately unproductive. There are still lots of good people at Atmel but the best ones are micromanaged and gagged by their managers, and many are just waiting for another opportunity to come along.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe period for the Leaellynasaura has been over for a long time. The tectonic plates of this business shifts at a rate that you cannot fathom, much less manage. Please step aside.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people, let down by micro-management

    Applications Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood group of people
    Desire to get better is clear

    ConsSevere Micro-management from CEO down disrupts ability to plan.
    No real investment in systems

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees more, way more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    should have listened to that inner voice.....

    (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCompensation was very fair but then again I had the upper hand because they needed a resource NOW. New building on Technology Dr much better than the relic on Orchard Parkway. I worked with some enjoyable and smart people whom I hope to cross paths again.

    Cons4 weeks into the position, I should have cut my losses...

    The coldest and most sterile place I have ever set foot in. If you walked around the floor of the department (one that should be creative and sharing ideas) in which I worked you would have mistaken it for a weekend day - no energy and quieter than midnight at a mausoleum. When I announced my resignation, many colleagues stated they wish they were also leaving. The work culture is "what have you done for me lately". The expression of appreciation upon project completion is only a head nod and then a spin on the heel to depart the immediate area. Who wants to go to work in that atmosphere? When I left 38 people were assigned the title of VP, which is slightly less than BofA.

    No skip level meetings and I was never asked to rate my manager for his/her review. The review process is the manager assesses you but prior to being discussed with you the assessment must be signed by a few levels above you.

    Since the day of my resignation the food and drink tastes so much better, I sleep through the night, and the pit in my stomach when I entered the building is a vague memory.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a culture which is inviting and makes people want to come to work. This means 1)expressing genuine appreciation for their effort on a basis more frequent than a solar eclipse 2) acknowledging their presence and contribution 3) having people feel it is an added bonus to be paid for what they do.

    My best W2 and contracting positions were those I felt getting paid for my effort was an another benefit to being part of the organization.

    If you have some rapport with your staff, it should never be a complete surprise they are leaving the company (as it was in my case).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst Company you will ever work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsNone. This place is awful on every single measure.

    ConsAwful micro-managing bully of a CEO
    Worst HR department on the planet
    Terrible systems
    No culture
    Execs take no accountability
    No strategic planning process
    Focus on cost cutting, no focus on creating value

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign. Stop yelling. Invest in real systems. Get a real HR department. Have a strategy. Fire under-performing executives. Oh, and stop abusing your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Atmel hr responded to this review

    Dec 2, 2013

    Thanks for your input. We take your feedback seriously and will continue to invest in improving the company.
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    Management review @ Corporate

    Operations (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsIf you want to work, work, work this is a great place to be. There is constant change to improve the company so you can learn a lot.

    ConsYou have to prove your pay history if you are interviewing, they will only pay within 10% of your last rate. Once you are in they will get every penny they pay you out of you and than some.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget the people at the foundation of the company who are doing all the daily work to get the revenue out the door-logistics, planning, customer service etc... Remember the company values apply to everyone not just the people below management!
    Because right now they are invisible to you and everyone knows it!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Atmel hr responded to this review

    Dec 2, 2013

    Thanks for the feedback. We are in total agreement that it is the people who help make a difference at Atmel. We value our talent in all locations and at all levels. Our compensation philisophy has ... More
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    Micromanagement at its worst ever!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCan't think of any really

    ConsLow cubicles, too much open space and need to find and reserve a conference room just to have a meeting or an impromptu meetings. Micromanagement from the CEO himself that often delayed recruiting processes and lost lots. Of great candidates that went on to work for our competitors. Our department had double digit attrition rate within 9 months - undesired departures. People just had enough. Executives act like big babies and whine! I've worked over 90-100 hours per week, sleep deprived, expected to be in the office, no working from home even though many of my colleagues are located overseas, unnecessary conference calls. Also an executive that is afraid to write memos to the entire company on communicating important things like socks, bonuses, policies, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe whole management team needs a brand new make over. Bring new leadership in and get out of your comfort zone! You want culture change? Start from the top! Not do as I say, but not as I do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Atmel hr responded to this review

    Dec 2, 2013

    Thanks for your feedback. We are in a very competetive market. Sometimes the workload does get quite intensive. Part of our core value is to win as a team with great passion. A very unique ... More
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    Worst culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsIt's better than being unemployed. But not much.

    ConsOppressive culture. CEO makes all decisions and runs it like a prison. That behavior trickles down to other executives. It's the cheapest place I have ever worked. I feel like had had a significant positive impact on the company but it was such an unpleasant place to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Atmel hr responded to this review

    Dec 2, 2013

    Thanks. We are glad that you felt you made a significant positive impact on the company. We will continue to make improvements of our environment in order to help people thrive to higher success.
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    Not going anywhere

    Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) Colorado Springs, CO

    Prospay is good if you are on a compressed shift.

    ConsLack of guidance, Corporate does not support the facility, Lack of communication. unreal expectations. If yo umove up the ladder, your pay goes down???

    Advice to Senior Managementget involved more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Atmel hr responded to this review

    Dec 2, 2013

    We sure hope that you can feel comfortable enough to come and talk to the HR department about your concern, especially on the pay issue. We believe in compensating our people fairly and consistently ... More
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    Status of IT at Atmel

    Technician (Current Employee) Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsIts a job and beats unemployment. Much of the 25 year old infrastructure is breaking down and has to be replaced because parts are no longer available. Past knowledge and experience are very useful to fulfill daily job functions.

    ConsDifficult to make any sense out of what to do for IT since the vast majority of what is done is to put one inferno out after another. Documentation of process's and policies is very poor and what is available is scattered, fragmented and incomplete. There is no feedback involved in any of the IT processes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be a defined outcome to decisions. Projects are done without defined outcomes or proper testing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management gets grossly overpaid - gross

    Finance Manager In SJO (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCommute was good for me.

    ConsPoorly run company, poor financial performance, but yet CEO, CFO, executives all get huge amounts of RSU.... I can't never understand how these people can be so shameless

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are way too greedy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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