Atmel Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
109 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Good products, but processes are weak. So important items fall through the cracks or are delayed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer

    I worked at Atmel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    40 to 50 hour week

    Cons

    Sick leave is part of PTO.
    Training is hard to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate through appreciation.
    Don't juggle engineers between projects so much, including laying off and re-hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Top Heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atmel

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Met some really great people.

    Cons

    Leadership. There is none. Top heavy and workers are under appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on yourself and start contributing and recognizing the people invest in the time to make your company better...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    No culture, tyrannical HR, overpaid executives, underpaid worker bees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The office is clean and located near some nice restaurants and the San Jose Airport. It has free parking. A lot of the people are really very friendly and nice, although they're mostly quite downtrodden and submissive.

    Cons

    The HR department is run tyrannically. It's like a little fascist state, and all HR communications treat people as if they are infants, not grown up adults. The entire company culture reflects this attitude. You'd think management believes it is running a kindergarten the way it condescends and talks down to employees. No alcohol is ever allowed at company events (probably because they consider us children), instead we are treated to "dunk tanks" (dunk your favorite executive, hurray! what are we, 5 years old?) and the occasional ice cream social (which HR cals the cheapest way to make employees happy). Once they even made us go to a company picknick on a weekend, as if we didn't already not have enough free time.

    Meanwhile, salaries are kept to a below industry average, benefits aren't nearly as good as many of Atmel's competitors, sick days are taken out of PTO, there are mandatory shutdown periods that also eat into PTO, and career progression opportunities are slim. Are you a manager at Atmel who wants to become a senior manager? or a director someday? Good luck! You will probably never get a significant promotion, no matter how well you work. You will also sit in a horribly depressing cube in the most lifeless, not fun office building you can ever imagine, where everyone just sits in silence staring at screens.

    The upper management levels treat everyone beneath them as slightly unintelligent, unworthy peons. They are also snobby with self important attitudes and inflated perceptions of their own and Atmel's importance. The entire place stifles creativity. It is also highly political, and the backstabbing and maneuvering among the higher echelons is quite disgusting, even from a view way down here.

    The CEO has no charisma at all, micromanages, and is only money orientated. Employees are not made to feel valued or good about themselves.

    Filing expense reports in this company is a joke, and another example of how they treated us like children and didn't trust us. Also it sometimes takes 2 months for expenses to get reimbursed and nobody gets a company credit card, even if you travel a lot, so sometimes you have to put thousands of dollars on your personal card and wait and wait and wait for them to pay you back.

    people leave all the time for better opportunities and still they don't get it.

    HR got really worried last year when they found out they were rated so badly on Glassdoor, so they forced people to write some good reviews to fix some of the ratings.

    I notice that HR comments on every glassdoor post now. Don't be fooled. This is probably someone's job at Atmel now, to pretend they are a good and responsive company, when in actual fact, the attitudes are exactly the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace your entire HR team. They are awful. Completely political, micromanaging, controlling. Replace them with people who can actually start building a positive culture, and you may have a small start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Atmel Response

    Jun 24, 2014hr

    As our CEO would say, the difference between a good company and a great company is its people. We believe that our people differentiate us from the competition, and we also relentlessly ... More

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer

    I worked at Atmel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Sweat shop that sucks the life out of people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    I worked at Atmel for a long time.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Atmel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people that I worked with were a great group of people. I have nothing bad to say about them. Flexible hours that really helped when I had to pick up my kid from school.

    Cons

    Daily meetings wth no resolutions. You would get the cold shoulder from other departments. You try to say hi to some people, and they look down on you. Poor money compensation. Moving jobs to another country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep your employees happy, pay them what they are worth, then you will not have your good people leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great colleges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atmel full-time

    Pros

    Great colleges and good products

    Cons

    -No internal promotions last ~2 years
    -Hired lots of senior management last ~1 year, but almost no managers or engineers.
    -Very top heavy. more people review material than create it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management hypes the company on glassdoor to make it look better. Check the review from Jul 2013, That has got to be from HR management. It does not look good when they do that
    Jan 22 has a similar but shorter review

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manufacturing support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atmel for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Generally people are good to work with

    Cons

    Middle management poor, direction blows in the wind

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Atmel Response

    Dec 2, 2013hr

    Thanks for your feedback. It looks like you were not satisfied with the communication. We certainly agree that there is room for us to improve and will continue to make progress.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow moving, indecisive company, few opportunities for advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atmel

    Pros

    touch technology is good, have acquired some good technology

    Cons

    micromanagement, company slow to make decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower people

    Atmel Response

    Dec 2, 2013hr

    Thank you. We totally agree that we should continue to empower people to grow and win.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seen better days...much better...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Generous time off allowances. Some great people at multiple sites.

    Cons

    Poor culture, poor 401k, poor executive leadership, poor corporate vision. The company has reached a new low in terms of 'trust'. Widespread dismay with the way the company is being run, even if viewed only from a company performance perspective. Company seems to have lost its identity and ability to succeed in it's stated areas of expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management does not invest in the human resource. Not in terms of time, or reward. The company seems to have become a turnstile for executives from outside, to come in, toss a few changes into the mix, collect a few mil in stock and compensation(or more) and leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Atmel Response

    Dec 2, 2013hr

    We have made some significant changes in the past year to allow the company to hit its growth goals with the right executive talent. However, we do understand that it takes time to build trust. We ... More

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    lack of direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    nice campus; nice parking garage; coworkers are friendly

    Cons

    micro management; need more autonomy ; most workers seem undriven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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