Atmel Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Atmel President and CEO Steve Laub
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Pros
  • Good Work life balance you have all the time to achieve your personal commitments and goals (in 13 reviews)

  • Easy jobs, relax 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. Senior Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Atmel (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people you work with.

    Cons

    Work only culture, no fun. Company doesn't care about work life balance. People don't have a sense of urgency for deadlines. a lot of politics


  2. Helpful (4)

    Mixed.

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

    I have been working at Atmel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products; lots of smart employees.

    Cons

    Management style; inability to profit off great products; lots of departures; stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and empower the great people you've hired; stop micromanaging; improve and streamline internal processes.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Colorado Springs Fab

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Equipment Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Equipment Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Compressed schedule is great for skiing, camping, fishing, or any activity that is better without the large weekend crowds. The amount of vacation time on compressed shifts is very good.

    Cons

    Fab is old and money is not being spent to modernize equipment. Advancing employees careers is not a high priority. Layoffs have been frequent. Age of fab and equipment does not allow the company to attract high level talent.

    Advice to Management

    Improve 6 sigma controls in the process. Get training for process engineering and technicians across the board.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    High turnover

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Place to learn and explore Employees are friendly in general Nice building

    Cons

    Turn over is very high which makes working here very tough. Also, employees are overloaded with projects in addition to their routine work. Hard to keep employees. Overall pay is low in comparison to current job market.

    Advice to Management

    Put aside favoritism and take good care of employees. Give employees fair amount of work and not overload them. Provide training to employees in particular new hires to help them get up to speed.


  6. Executive Admin

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atmel

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

    Pros

    big company with total 5000 employees over the world. lots of smart people full of energy

    Cons

    can not keep employees due to the salary

    Advice to Management

    need to know what is going on at open market and change the comp rules to keep talented people


  7. Helpful (1)

    Equipment maintenance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Atmel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    RSU's were pretty good. Nice location. Good cafeteria and some good people working there.

    Cons

    Raises were low and always looking over your shoulder for knives in your back. People are cut throat to get ahead.People that do a good job are under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your people more. Remember they are people and they hold the future of the company by their loyalty. The values that are taught to follow seem to be lost on upper management.


  8. Good products / Bread crumb wages

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

    I worked at Atmel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product base and technology, nice teams of people to work with.

    Cons

    Lowest salaries in silicon valley (except the CEO and a few top execs).

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth to keep employees!


  9. Helpful (4)

    Interesting and challenging projects, but lack of resources too often leads to a "pressure cooker" environment

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

    I have been working at Atmel

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

    Pros

    Challenging work knowledgeable and experienced co-workers

    Cons

    Key positions are understaffed, leading to excessive (uncompensated ) overtime people responsible for doing the work have little or no input to schedules (see above ) rewards (salary, bonus, stock) are not in line with peer companies

    Advice to Management

    Stop overworking the good people you have - before you don't have them anymore Increase compensation and/or perks to something more in line with peer companies


  10. Helpful (1)

    No team work and no management support

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Employees seem to genuinely care about each other and make a great effort to do their jobs well (at CO site). Health benefits are great and continue to beat local companies. In recent years have given out bonuses and have rewarded exceptional talent with other compensation.

    Cons

    Too many managers and not enough leader ship. Too many stubborn intractable employees who only want to push their own agenda instead of working together to find the best solution.

    Advice to Management

    When interviewing prospective employees find out if they work well in teams.


  11. Helpful (8)

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

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

    I worked at Atmel full-time

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

    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 Management

    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.



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