Atmel Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
113 Reviews
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113 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance, terrific colleagues, great products, nice facility in San Jose (in 12 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.  

    Decent company but there are better

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

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People and work life balance. Allows for work remotely option.

    Cons

    systems and processes are not quite up to par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive in your compensation (total compensation)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Needs identity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atmel

    Pros

    - Very nice people to work with in the company
    - Not very aggressive schedule. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    - Lot of changes in direction.
    - Trying to survive in cut throat semi business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Try to layout long term RnD plan and back in house talent.

  3.  

    Company trying to grow to next level. In process of establishing basic foundation for growth.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for improvement.

    Cons

    Very difficult to make sustainable changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Can't learn more in this company

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

    I worked at Atmel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good people and an easy going working environment

    Cons

    Too many changes in a short time period

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of long term employees

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

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A Mfg. survivor in this city.

    Cons

    Tight with the salary dollars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Boring

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

    I worked at Atmel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues. Laid back culture.

    Cons

    Very un-inspiring place to work at. Probably thats how all large companies turn out after some time. Just a sweat shop that churns out standardized designs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start a 360degree feedback. Just as you would do an yearly appraisals for the employees, give the employees to give feedback to their bosses and senior managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    lots of opportunities, rough around the edges

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

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

    Pros

    Managers are allowed a lot of flexibility. This can be good or bad, depending on the manger. If you like to seek out new opportunities and take on extra responsibility, Atmel may be a good fit. If you like a structured work environment, it may not be a good fit.

    Cons

    Upper management focuses on the latest projects and tends to ignore the other business units/departments. If you are not working on the latest product or project, you can easily feel unappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the accomplishments of all employees and make them feel valued.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Atmel Response

    Dec 2, 2013hr

    Thanks for your feedback. All projects matter to the ultimate success of the company. We agree that sometimes when one is not working on the "latest" project, he or she may feel not valued or ... More

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Application Engineer

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

    I worked at Atmel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Advanced products. The touch and microcontroller business continue to grow.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement provided by the company.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    not the best place for career advancement

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

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

    Pros

    the company does have some good products
    nice new office buiding

    Cons

    HR is not helping employees except for maximizing the benefit of executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the board should find someone with clear vision to lead the product development and strategy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good semiconductor technology company to work for, though lacking in culture and recognition.

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

    I have been working at Atmel full-time

    Pros

    Not overly agressive product roll-out schedules. Decent compensation package. Work schedule isn't a sweatshop.

    Cons

    Not enough private and public recognition of employees who make a difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow peer reviews of senior management. Provide suggestion boxes for employees to contribute their ideas. Recognize individual superior performers for their contributions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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