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Spansion Reviews

Updated May 9, 2014
Updated May 9, 2014
106 Reviews

2.7
106 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A dying company with NO plans for expanding in the US

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

    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    Very dangerous, outdated, factory.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 Years later the machine still has interlocks bypassed, undocumented changes, outdated specs, broken panels that protect from acid exposure, and I could go on.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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company I have ever worked for

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

    Pros

    Pros - Cant thing of any

    Cons

    Regular lay offs with a long trail of dead bodies. Be extremely cautious of any promises or incentives made to try to get you to sign up. Everyone is protecting their own interest versus making good choices in order to prevent from being the next to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the corporate culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A disappointing, dishonest and exploitative employer

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

    Pros

    - A selection of on-line training courses are available on the company intranet
    - Colleagues at the same or lower level in the company hierarchy are generally helpful
    - Spansion is a fast-moving company and has interesting technology to work on

    Cons

    - Continual and regular (every 18 months) lay-offs make this company a poor career choice. This leads to a culture of everyone being fearful to make important decisions, in case they are the next to be made redundant.
    - For a technology company, investment in engineering and supporting the technical growth of engineering staff comes as an afterthought. Spansion is driven by a short-term desire to achieve quarterly fiscal targets, and little else. Long-range, future-orientated planning is non-existent.
    - Be extremely cautious and wary of any promises or incentives made to try to get you to 'sign-up' during the interview process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the interests of the company before your own!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    lacks direction, still carries the baggage of its AMD days

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

    Pros

    I cannot think of a single pro

    Cons

    - very low compensation
    - no career growth
    - too much politics, everybody just wants to watch out for their own fiefdoms
    - managers are appointed by seniority, not ability to 'manage'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I didn't enjoy working for this company

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

    Pros

    I have not Pros for this company

    Cons

    They don't seem to run their business smartly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start but no upward mobility opportunities.

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

    Pros

    There is plenty to be happy about at Spansion from a business performance perspective. With positive cash flow for consecutive quarters, it is clear that the executive team (post bankruptcy) know what they are doing, however heartless and greedy they have been while doing it.

    Cons

    The manufacturing facility is aging and so is the management. There are no opportunities for growth or career progression, as the mid-management team has been set in stone for over a decade. Idle mid-"managers" do a poor job of rewarding excellence and refuse to manage out poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    sweat shop with no respect for Hard working folks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Honestly none, but after giving some thought I would have to say that you do have some good people from whom you get a deserved respect for your hard work
    Great place for contract job as you get more respect as compared to full time employees

    Cons

    In experienced Senior management not knowing what is the meaning of thought leader ship and doing lip services for self promotion.
    No respect for Experience, Talent, Integrity, Accountability & Dedication
    Too many Directors & VP''s

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose good employees who actually work hard for the company.
    Senior management is not fully competent . Have a independent survey to identify incompetent folks that would help to retain good employees at the bottom.
    Have a good criteria for promotions , Just not promote people for doing their regular job
    Do you need very top heavy organization? Give some thoughts to fix the top heavy structure and balance with some real employees who actually could work which would bring some work & life balance for Employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst engineering company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Great coworkers...they're still my best friends today

    Cons

    Not a good environment for personal and professional growth, unless you're into the dealing with mediocre engineers and full blown bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the employees know what's really going on...so dont patronise them and show them a little more respect than they deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Spansion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Dedicated and hardworking employees who have worked long and hard

    Cons

    Inexperienced and unskilled upper management, frequent organizational changes, no strategic direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine a strategic direction, hire upper management that have experience in the business and technology, stop blaming employees for your errors in judgement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Employee were laid off without any package

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Easy to work in company
    Overall relax environment in doing work
    Nice and smart colleague
    Middle management are willing to listen what employee says

    Cons

    Very bad cash management in previous management
    Too diverse project comparing to work force
    Bad moral in current top management (raise their salary to make employee kicked without any support)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make profitable company for long term surivival.
    Not to be greedy to make their former employee miserable without any support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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