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Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
122 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good Work life balance you have all the time to achieve your personal commitments and goals (in 13 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The upper management levels treat everyone beneath them as slightly unintelligent, unworthy peons (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company with low morale, lack of processes, and weak system infrastructure

    • 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

    Pros

    Up to industry standard with vacation hours and 401K. Has VPN access to work remotely if need to.

    Cons

    Very much top-heavy with VPs and Directors. Few individuals on the Management team treat their subordinates with lack of respect and unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the people who get the work done for you by being good mentors (not tyrants). There is no excuse and justifications for management to be "in-your-face" with their people and using profanity. You'll get better support from employees if you treat them as human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay to stay but not much career growth

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

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location and building including indoor garage
    Co-workers (not VPs) friendly , work and life balance are good.

    Cons

    Salary can be very different per each of employee However they don't give you 10 % more salary based on your W-2 whatever your salary is in marget average or below. No cafeteria. There is no clear career path & promotion & no training chances. Even for promotion, it's really depends on VP's mind regardless of any performance history.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management needs to pay m,ore attention to work-life balance

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits, and some products are growing, expanding, and are the main focus for the company with good strategic initiatives.

    Cons

    Other products are dying a slow death, and taking the employees and their careers down with them. Too many non-productive meetings set at all hours of the day. No concern for employee work-life balance. In addition, there seems no motivation to change and continue to schedule the same meetings, year after year, with the same dismal results. Get a clue. There are better ways to communicate than scheduling yet another meeting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the inflexible meeting schedules and pay more attention to employee work-life balance, which is more important to employees than you realize. Share more of the wealth at all levels, not just the top. Good clear "motivating" communication is lacking and reminds most of a dictatorship mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of good Leadership, not creative

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    • 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

    Lot of room for improvement

    Cons

    No good leadership, few are very unprofessional. If you are looking for growth up the ladder then this is not the organization. No Vision, many are glory hunters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pls hire real good talents who can define process and do some process improvement

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

    If You Want Your Career to Stagnate, Join Atmel

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

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent Paycheck, Good Location, Comfortable Chairs

    Cons

    Constant Layoffs, Horrible management, Huge communication gaps between departments and regions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better incentives for employees instead of the tiny automatic raises. Make an effort to bring cross functional groups together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Atmel Response

    Nov 25, 2014hr

    Thanks for the feedback. Our compensation philosophy is based on pay-for-performance; therefore, we encourage you to use the upcoming focal season to have an open discussion with your manager about ... More

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 (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

    Atmel Response

    Nov 25, 2014hr

    Thanks for your feedback. Our culture supports continuous learning & development, as well as process improvements. Employees are encouraged to work with their management to identify and drive ... More

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9. 10 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 (more than an 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

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Job

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

    I worked at Atmel full-time (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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    I worked at Atmel for a long time.

    • 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 (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

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