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Spansion Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
Spansion – Austin – “Spansion B4”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.7 104 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert

John H. Kispert

(49 ratings)

25% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    It is ok company

    Product Marketing Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsPeoples working here are friendly

    Consthere are many changes in last several years

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Department Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople 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.

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    Fantastic for very many years but too many layoffs

    Module Shift Manager (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGood place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are. Mature systems in a mature fab and everything is in full production mode. Lots of very intelligent, creative engineering talent here. Everybody there knows their job and do it exceptionally well. CEO did a remarkable job post bankruptcy especially keeping the company profitable.

    ConsEcho what somebody else said about little to no opportunities for growth in management specifically. Every upper level manager has been there for several years making it difficult for anybody to take those positions. Aging work force although not sure if that's a bad thing. Bonuses were an interesting exercise in futility. There didn't seem to be much visibility to what exactly needed to be done to get them. Forced distribution for employee ranking (quarterly and annually), while a common thing for most companies, didn't make much sense for a company that already had an extremely lean work force. They've gutted so many employees that most of the "low performers" were really average performers that just got screwed by the idea that a company has to have 10-15% of the employees be ranked into the lowest performance tier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the forced distribution. There's not much point in gutting the company any more. Bring in and mentor younger talent.

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

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    Great until the Chapter 11

    Department Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood salary, CEO is excellent

    Conshard to lose so many friends

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

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

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    Pay is good but management is falling apart

    Technical Support Analyst - I (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThe pay makes it work going to work, the people that work with you and in the FAB are friendly enough. The career options are great if you stick around long enough. Some of the employees have been here 30 years, and if you want it bad enough you can get to where you would like to go.

    ConsEveryone is just friendly, no one speaks too much, they act like ther're abused animals that cower at the first sign on human interaction. My direct supervisor is spineless and does not find it necessary to stick up for our team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive better accolades when they are deserved, care for the people that work for you, and if you don't understand the job your employees do, don't assume to tell them how to do it. The disconnect between the employees on the lower levels are substantially greater than anywhere I would like to work.

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

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    engineer

    Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosthe company is employee friendly

    ConsIn a wrong market.
    not enough technology advantage over competitors

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

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    Great people but no job security

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of good people work for Spansion
    There is opportunity for career growth if you can manage to stay at the company
    A lot of internal promotions

    ConsLots of lay-offs
    Males are highly favored in management positions

    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 work environment, learned a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood company to work for
    good for analog design engineers
    ok for digital design engineers

    ConsLot of layoffs over the years as the NOR FLASH memory market is shrinking
    company needs to expand on the product line

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to develop more new product lines that leverage NOR flash technology
    get into nand business

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

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    Enduring commitment to survival and progress

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsVery high levels of accountability, strong commitment to continuous improvement, stable work force. Very experienced management team.

    ConsA bit tight with cash, deteriorating human resources practices. Misalignment of bonus system with overall corporate and department success. Compensation is generally good, more or less aligned with the remainder of the sector.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful of alienating highly experienced people. You need them. Clean up the bonus system, it does not seem to be well aligned with overall corporate performance.

    Yes, I would 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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