Spansion
2.7 of 5 102 reviews
www.spansion.com Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Spansion Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
Spansion – Austin – “Spansion B4”

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2.7 102 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert

John H. Kispert

(48 ratings)

25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Ready to be transformed into a great company

    Senior Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsI am confident that Spansion is all set to work towards becoming a great company to work for. I believe with the right mix of products we can once again conquer the memory market.

    ConsToo many old managers who are a little dogmatic and martinets.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation packages should be evaluated especially for junior level engineering team.

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    Great ... until upper management steered us into the rocks

    Senior Process Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe SDC was a wonderful place to work - lots of commitment to development of young engineers via the Rotation program. Middle management was excellent - very supportive, collaborative environment.

    ConsUpper management did a poor job of managing the company as the economy came into a downturn. Due to new factory construction, company never became profitable, knuckling under to weak pricing demanded by greedy customers. Not sure where company will go, now that it has junked its R&D wing. No future?

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm not sure whether SPSN has a future any more. Without R&D, there will be no promise for next generation technology. Good luck with that.

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    Great engineering, tough business

    Process Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsThe culture is hard-driving and meritocratic, where respect for people is a core value. There are many exceedingly talented people there with best-in-class performance in many areas. Manufacturing systems are a particular strength.

    ConsLayoffs and lean hiring since spinning off from AMD and Fujitsu have left a relatively senior workforce--experienced and talented but also somewhat less vibrant than when I arrived. Benefits have been steadily erroded: sabbaticals were reduced several times and then recently eliminated, the old stock options have been replaced with restricted stock (which are all worth less than the taxes paid on them), the stock purchase plan was eliminated and never replaced, counter to promises from senior management (it would have provided the company cash that they so desperately need). The overall NOR flash business is getting smaller--despite generally outworking the competition, believing in a rosy future requires a leap of faith that one of the new, non-NOR efforts will take off, but those efforts have not all been well supported in the most recent cash-preservation-first days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere have been several bet-the-company decisions that seem poor. The fact that SP1 was built in Japan, with *zero* government incentives probably killed the company (recent AMD, Samsung, and Intel fabs have all gotten $300M to $1.2B in incentives). The analysis that led to that decision seemed driven more by a desire to make Fujitsu happy in the early days of the spinoff than by sound financial analysis. The engineers at SP1 are generally very good and working very hard, but the SP1 startup has been rocky, and of course it was built a year or 2 too soon. The focus on market share above all else should have been rethought years ago. Blaming the competition for "irrational" pricing when we have gained market share every quarter is foolish. Not raising prices (or stopping the decline) when our factories were full and we were still losing money was foolish. Spending as much money as we did refitting the SDC and then not generating any revenue there was not wise. Our foundry strategy has generally been a disaster: paying TSMC for years and then walking away, teaching SMIC how to compete with us, giving our backend operations away such that we've lost much of the vertical integration and control that we once had. If the new executive team thinks that this is the direction the company should go, I hope that they'll rethink it. Our in-house talent is our best asset--be careful about believing promises that others can do better.

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    No company is perfect but it doe not mean nothing can be improved

    Commodity Manager (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsWork enviornment here is quite friendly and stress level is reasonable. Good work/life balance. Most people are working reasonably hard.

    Cons- Semiconductor as a whole is a sunset business in north America
    - Memory market is very brutal and it is not for fainted heart
    - Some cultural residue left from AMD - execution is slow and unreliable
    - Upside on salary and career is very limited

    Advice to Senior Management- Focus on execution and commitment
    - Plan for long term success
    - Diversify your product portfolio
    - Cultivate your culture and identity to make you stand out from others

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    better next time

    Member of Technical Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Prosgood technical group, ready to share information

    Consno communication with other engineers

    Advice to Senior Managementnot sure

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Controller (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsA growing organization with acceptance of continous change

    ConsSlow decision making and very tough market environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the number of executive officers

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    Spansion - A risk worth taking?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsExcellent exposure expecially for fresh graduates. Spansion is more of a "big start-up", allowing a very good environment to learn how complex global organizations work and the challenges they face.

    ConsNo Bonuses & benefits. Besides the company is havin a downtrend as far as stock price is concerned. The future is risky.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on IT Project Management maturity - this will reap benefits for ROI visibility allowing better calculated investments & also delivery of quality product on time.

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    Quick pace and challenging environment with people who are respectful of each other and willing to help out.

    Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsWork schedule is a con. Its 3 days on and 4 days off and vice versa. In general people are nice and not too pushy.

    ConsIts been a while since we have had a profit, and so we are understaffed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to make a profit and have more company events to bring people together, especially the younger newly graduated employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Reasonable work life balance. Average compensation.

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    ProsReasonable work life balance. Average compensation and benefits.

    Consa lot of cost cutting measures, which generally leads to reduction in work force.

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

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    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    ProsWork Opportunity is given to some employees
    Upper management provides updates on the company on a regular basis.
    Learning curve is steep. Good for those who wants to learn new things

    ConsNot many chances of career advancement
    Very strict, no flexibility within the department n also HR
    Layoffs is a norm. Unstable industry
    Promises made by management never fulfilled.
    Banned Skype in the office

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll is said above. They should care more about their employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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