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Atmel Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 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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    Top Heavy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Equipment Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsNone that I can think of

    ConsSweat shop that sucks the life out of people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    I worked at Atmel for a long time.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Great colleges

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    lack of direction

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosnice campus; nice parking garage; coworkers are friendly

    Consmicro management; need more autonomy ; most workers seem undriven

    Advice to Senior Managementtransparency

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not Worth It

    IT Business Analyst (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsInteresting technology company, good location in downtown San Jose

    ConsPoor leadership, no mentoring, little career development, very strict access to company information (even to employees who are trying to learn and grow)

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you don’t like your job then go somewhere else

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A very political company that is heavily micro-managed

    Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsThey pay well
    Get to work with smart people
    Great new office in Skyport Plaza

    ConsVery political with different company locations put their location 1st instead of what is best for the company 1st
    Management is in-decisive and commonly flips priorities back-and-forth

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick a clear direction and hold to it
    Take the lead to remove the geographical politics

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

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    Old school company with manual processes

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsI enjoyed the people and group that I worked with.

    ConsCompany has a heavy emphasis on cutting costs. The processes are extremely manual and they should definitely upgrade some of their systems so employees can focus more on analyzing data rather than massaging it. I also thought that the overall culture was not great, people really kept to themselves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in some better systems

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Need to look elsewhere if you want advancement

    Technical Program Manager (Current Employee) Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsPeople are good to work with, benefits (insurance) is good.

    ConsNo potential for growth. No acknowledgement of advanced degrees gotten while working for the company, no intent by the company to use that education. Pay isn't competitive, no training on any of the systems in use, terrible morale. Poor communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward more then the executive committee and directors when the company is doing good. Spend some time talking the the people that do that actual work of the company before you change or modify systems. You ever see "Undercover Bosses"?.... you guys could totally benefit by seeing what it's like to work for this company.

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

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    Many great people to work with but no future in U.S.

    Technician (Current Employee) Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsPeople I work with, compensation, Paid time off, ESPP, Managers can be flexible, amazing level of expertise that has kept the fab in Colorado Springs running successfully

    ConsUnless you're a friend of Steve Laub's( you'll know because you've been promoted to a VP) or you're in sales it feels like you're not valued. If you work to actually make products you expect your job to be outsourced. Unfortunately management doesn't have any interest in actually being a manufacturer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many VP's and up who are taking tens of millions of dollars in compensation each year. Put money and resources into R&D and manufacturing in the U.S.

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

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