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Spansion Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
117 Reviews
2.7
117 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 10 reviews)

  • Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are (in 10 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.  

    Mixed feelings about Spansion.

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

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Had a good manager. Various systems and processes in place. Promote continuous improvement. Some good legacy from AMD.

    Cons

    Mid management too worry about themselves and suck up to the upper management. Constant pressure on cost reduction. Relatively high turnover rate. No internal transfer opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with the merger with Cypress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Change is in the air

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I work with some of the best, smartest, most capable people I've met in my working life. The current executive management has taken a struggling company and made it a lean, efficient and thriving entity. My middle management is fair, hard working, and works wonders with very limited resources.

    Cons

    We're in the midst of being acquired by another company which will result in a shake up of executive and middle management. I'm afraid the management style is about to revert back to what it was after spinning off of AMD, which was out-dated and not employee focused. I found it to be an unhappy and unhealthy working environment back then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ruin the company with archaic attitudes towards employees and the workplace. Learn what it takes to retain talent in the modern workplace, empower people to achieve excellence and recognize their accomplishments.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Returning employee with total of 17 years of service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Friendly co-workers and a lot to learn if you want to. Good Sonic Boom Wellnes program for employees

    Cons

    The annual target profit sharing percentage is never achieved due to many management factors, normally you can get from 70% to 80% of the target.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every employee should get the full target profit percentage allocated by the company for the quarter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Application Engineer

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time

    Pros

    I reccomend especially Application Engineer positions because they are very important for daily promotion and solution development. In general, we always have a problem with the resource of Field Application Engineer and it directly impacts on business.

    Cons

    You can get multi-culture environment because we collaborate globally for example solution developments, new product spec difinition and homepage design.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to consider both short term (daily promotion, technical support, etc) and long term strategy (roadmap, target market and position.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great

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

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to relax. Good culture. Not work pressure

    Cons

    Did get much from working there...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is ok company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  10.  

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

    • 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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic for very many years but too many layoffs

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

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Echo 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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