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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
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  • 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)

  • a lot of cost cutting measures, which generally leads to reduction in work force (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great, easy-going culture and environment in IT.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Spansion Austin has a relatively laid back and quiet atmosphere with little micromanagement. As long as you work hard and provide value then you will be valued by coworkers and management. Just based on my experience, the medical/dental benefits are top-notch (more about other benefits at the end of my pros) All levels of management have made efforts to make me feel welcome and valued. I have the freedom to accomplish my goals in the most efficient and effective ways that I deem appropriate. They have a great campus with a pretty good fitness center. There are some good scenic walking/jogging trails as well as a basketball court. Campus is within 10-15 minutes of downtown Austin. Other benefits (these will obviously change for the worse or better post-merger): Generous employee stock purchase plan is offered Company matches 50% 401k contributions up to 6% of annual salary. Physical activity program allows you to drastically reduce your portion of the premiums for medical insurance (takes some effort, but that's the point).

    Cons

    I'm still giving 5 stars because I am judging this employer as it compares to my past employers (there will ALWAYS be cons regardless of who you work for). These are the cons, from most concerning to least: - Saw an opportunity for long-term and stable employment with this company and even considered relocating my residence closer. In December, a merger was announced that may jeopardize employment in the first part of this year. Due to all of the obvious factors that cannot even be foreseen by exec management, this tends to put one on edge. - Took a rather significant salary cut (almost $1000/month) when I began, because a decent quarterly bonus package was advertised which would have offset the reduction in salary (or would have actually increased my salary if it ever had come to fruition). There have been no bonuses, even though the stock prices have doubled within the past six months. Regardless of this, the salaries (for IT) seem to fall within an acceptable market range.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing a good job with what you have to work with. Spansion IT is lean, effective, and efficient. The only advice I have is something that you are probably already doing... keeping us as informed as possible about the impact the merger will have on your employees.


  2. Spansion was born out of AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). A good company with good benefits. Employee oriented.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Parts Repair for Fab Tools in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Parts Repair for Fab Tools in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Work can be monotonous and work politics are starting to be a pain.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the cronyism. Start rebuilding the company loyalty that AMD once fostered. Monitor the engineers.


  3. A Company at an Inflection Point

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunity abounds -- for the company and for the individual who is motivated and inspiring - Smart, but humble executive management - Inspirational, smart, and genuinely nice CEO (rare combo) - I have a superior manager - one of the best in my career and also one of the best at the company. However, I've noticed that there are a lot of really good managers here. How often do you hear that?!

    Cons

    - IT support is pretty poor - Still a few people from the AMD days who've been through the worst of times here that need to recalibrate their enthusiasm up a notch.

    Advice to Management

    Jump in all the way with the HMI vision. Invest enough in the disruptive innovation to get us to the next phase. It's the right time.


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    excellent company for engineers to work with

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work and life balance. flexible working environment

    Cons

    long term business vision. company competitiveness.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Freedom to innovate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff

    I have been working at Spansion

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to perform and good works are appreciated. It still retains AMD culture. Upper managerment and leaderships are strong and forward looking. Clear goals and realistic targets are set and communicated regularly.

    Cons

    Investors are still not confident of company performance in the near term.

    Advice to Management

    Review forecasted data regularly.


  7. Software engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager

    I worked at Spansion

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegues, nice boss, good projects

    Cons

    former CEO's strategy and some product plans

    Advice to Management

    Go head, support!



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