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

Spansion Reviews

Updated May 9, 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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    A dying company with NO plans for expanding in the US

    Insignificant Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsPay, for my position, is very good.

    ConsVery dangerous, outdated, factory.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 Years later the machine still has interlocks bypassed, undocumented changes, outdated specs, broken panels that protect from acid exposure, and I could go on.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 Senior ManagementGet it together before someone is killed. You surely don't want that?!?!?

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

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    A disappointing, dishonest and exploitative employer

    Product Engineer (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementPut the interests of the company before your own!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst company I have ever worked for

    IT Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsPros - Cant thing of any

    ConsRegular 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 Senior ManagementChange the corporate culture

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

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    lacks direction, still carries the baggage of its AMD days

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI 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'

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

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    I didn't enjoy working for this company

    Chemist (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsI have not Pros for this company

    ConsThey don't seem to run their business smartly

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

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    Good place to start but no upward mobility opportunities.

    Senior Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementClean house

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

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    sweat shop with no respect for Hard working folks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsHonestly 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

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst engineering company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

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

    ConsNot a good environment for personal and professional growth, unless you're into the dealing with mediocre engineers and full blown bureaucracy

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsDedicated and hardworking employees who have worked long and hard

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Employee were laid off without any package

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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