Spansion Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
108 Reviews
2.7
108 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
53 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also, there was a good work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The employees seem to have diminishing faith and confidence in the company because of numerous lay-offs (in 5 reviews)

  • no benefits, no bonus, conventional (no WFHs), longer promotion cycle, not willing to take risks at all, random shutdowns (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's an OK company to work for but they pay new hires better than long-term employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Insurance is about the only good thing anymore

    Cons

    Each individual is doing the work of 4 people and more is being asked from them every quarter. Cost cutting has gotten ridiculous with the age of the equipment - it has to be fixed or replaced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people who have stuck it out all these years, went to school and got the degree that was asked of them and attended all classes given by the company and adhered to their rules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Could be better!

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

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    Smart Management, good people, and pay is okay.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, very process oriented, and very little to no internal growth opportunities

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative coworkers, good pay, reasonable expectations, excellent manager. I am allowed to do my job without much meddling from others. There is a high level of trust. Likewise, I trust my managers to do what's right.

    Cons

    Honestly, not much. I have held a number of jobs in this industry. I guess the only thing I can say is less than stellar HR, seems like it's outsourced, but the limited contact I have with HR, this is no big deal. We no longer have mandated time off and that's good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus on what we do well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is ok company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Peoples working here are friendly

    Cons

    there are many changes in last several years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you can make your manager happy, you get promoted quickly and paid well.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People are very nice here.
    Pay is good for Sr. level and above.

    Cons

    Stressful, no work life balance. A lot of politics. CEO seems don't care about his employees, too many cuts. High turn-over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are the most valuable assets of a company. That's the reason why a lot of startups do well at the begining, then fall apart when the top management gets greedier and greddier.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great until the Chapter 11

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary, CEO is excellent

    Cons

    hard to lose so many friends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the people side of things - new products are cool, but they are made by your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A dying company with NO plans for expanding in the US

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Insignificant Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Insignificant Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay, for my position, is very good.

    Cons

    Very dangerous, outdated, factory. Most, if not all, safety protocols are ignored, or bypassed. It's all about manufacturing. Doesn't care about safety or well being of employees. I know people who have lost parts of fingers, had hands crushed, exposed to acids, and more. Management doesn't even ask them if they are ok. They are only concerned with trying to cover their own butts. They immediately conduct a" 5 why" investigation. On one occasion a person was hurt, and a 5 why investigation was performed. Years later the machine still has interlocks bypassed, undocumented changes, outdated specs, broken panels that protect from acid exposure, and I could go on.

    Safety is for filling out documentation to provide the illusion of safe working environment to customers and government regulators.

    Most demeaning place I've ever worked. It is a good ole boy place where The "click" is promoted. In my position people have Bachelors of Science degrees, licenses, certifications, ex-military, patents, and more. Some are promoted without ANY prior school, experience, or professional training. Needless to say we are treated like we are cashiers at a hotdog stand. NO RESPECT! Everyone is looked upon as the person with no professional training. In reality, many people in this situation have more experience, and school than management. So, I guess the idea is to demean and marginalized others to keep themselves on top.

    Also, this place seems to encourage trash talking. People scoff, roll eyes, yell, make fun of you in meetings. It's really unbelievable! Very disappointing when you consider this is a " high tech" semiconductor company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together before someone is killed. You surely don't want that?!?!?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have made too many cuts.

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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 Spansion full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great, employees, technology and business strategy. Recent Fujitsu acquisition will extend life of Fab, increase revenue and expand product portfolio.

    Cons

    Very low on employees, limited career opportunities, very little L&D outside of the Fab. Mid level management does not seem to be focused on the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    New Grad only!!!!

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Not much of red tapes.

    Cons

    Too many VPs doing who knows what and getting all the credits Too many fires to put off. No promotions or career opportunities. Laying off senior people to hire cheap labor seems to be the trend of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a different job!!! Micro managers not leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Laid back... high attrition

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time

    Pros

    Very laid back. Salary is par with industry. My manager sincerely values my skills and makes an effort to promote my career growth.

    Cons

    The employees seem to have diminishing faith and confidence in the company because of numerous lay-offs. Which is one of the main reasons for the high attrition rate.

    Politics is also rampant as you go higher up in the ranks.

    Cafeteria is dead, building is old, IT infrastructure and systems are vintage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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