Spansion Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic for very many years but too many layoffs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Module Shift Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Module Shift Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Great until the Chapter 11

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, CEO is excellent

    Cons

    hard to lose so many friends

    Advice to Management

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


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  5. Pay is good but management is falling apart

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst - I in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst - I in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Everyone 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 Management

    Give 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.


  6. engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    the company is employee friendly

    Cons

    In a wrong market. not enough technology advantage over competitors


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great people but no job security

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spansion as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A 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

    Cons

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


  8. good work environment, learned a lot

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Need to develop more new product lines that leverage NOR flash technology get into nand business


  9. Enduring commitment to survival and progress

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 Management

    Be 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.


  10. friendly colleagues but there is no job security

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Spansion full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good working culture, good place to learn

    Cons

    job security is tied with market demand


  11. Increasingly mundane

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally competent management; people are made accountable for what they do or don't do

    Cons

    'Fab-light' business model leaves little room for career advancement; the factory, along with the workforce are getting mature

    Advice to Management

    think beyond the next quarter



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