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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.  

    slowly but surely changing for the better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - improving product portfolio by diversifying it
    - good opportunities for working on new products
    - competitive salary

    Cons

    - Financially just OK, although they have shown profit in all but one quarters since bankruptcy.
    - Not many social activities organized at work.
    - Needs some young people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - employees may need more motivation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Survived the bankruptcy - now what?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Have had a good set of direct managers - fair and easy to work for.
    Telecommuting options.
    Very nice onsite cafeteria in Sunnyvale.
    Good benefits, focus on health, training offered/encouraged.
    Management communication is very good.
    Bonus plan.

    Cons

    After much downsizing, really not any room to grow in the department or transition to other area.
    I struggle with the lingo of a chip manufacturing company, that was not my background, so some times the corp info and training examples are all Greek to me.
    Too much forced vacation going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Too far in the past to be accurate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues to work with and was able to create their first PMO

    Cons

    Senior Execs were turned over

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    It was fun while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Good people to work with, great campus in Austin.

    Cons

    Limited in technology applications. There only so much you can do with NOR flash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Learn new knowledge, gain more experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    good communication environment, enourage to learn more and deeper, cross function learning is encouraged, flexible work time and working environment

    Cons

    normal compensation, too many meeting occupy a lot of engineer time, promotion opportunity is less for middle level engineer, working environment is not very noisy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need have good view and leading instruction for the company's products and future, clearly explain the top management's idea to all employees

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    it is so so

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    many interesting and challenging projects

    Cons

    compensation just so so, career development path not clear

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good technical work, bad professional growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    Good technology, State of the art approaches. Strong techical people.

    Cons

    Bad professional growth. Bad distribution of profit. No bonus packages. Below average salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Profit sharing needs to be distributed across all levels of employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Ready to be transformed into a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    I am confident that Spansion is all set to work towards becoming a great company to work for. I believe with the right mix of products we can once again conquer the memory market.

    Cons

    Too many old managers who are a little dogmatic and martinets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation packages should be evaluated especially for junior level engineering team.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great ... until upper management steered us into the rocks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    The SDC was a wonderful place to work - lots of commitment to development of young engineers via the Rotation program. Middle management was excellent - very supportive, collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Upper management did a poor job of managing the company as the economy came into a downturn. Due to new factory construction, company never became profitable, knuckling under to weak pricing demanded by greedy customers. Not sure where company will go, now that it has junked its R&D wing. No future?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure whether SPSN has a future any more. Without R&D, there will be no promise for next generation technology. Good luck with that.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great engineering, tough business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    The culture is hard-driving and meritocratic, where respect for people is a core value. There are many exceedingly talented people there with best-in-class performance in many areas. Manufacturing systems are a particular strength.

    Cons

    Layoffs and lean hiring since spinning off from AMD and Fujitsu have left a relatively senior workforce--experienced and talented but also somewhat less vibrant than when I arrived. Benefits have been steadily erroded: sabbaticals were reduced several times and then recently eliminated, the old stock options have been replaced with restricted stock (which are all worth less than the taxes paid on them), the stock purchase plan was eliminated and never replaced, counter to promises from senior management (it would have provided the company cash that they so desperately need). The overall NOR flash business is getting smaller--despite generally outworking the competition, believing in a rosy future requires a leap of faith that one of the new, non-NOR efforts will take off, but those efforts have not all been well supported in the most recent cash-preservation-first days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been several bet-the-company decisions that seem poor. The fact that SP1 was built in Japan, with *zero* government incentives probably killed the company (recent AMD, Samsung, and Intel fabs have all gotten $300M to $1.2B in incentives). The analysis that led to that decision seemed driven more by a desire to make Fujitsu happy in the early days of the spinoff than by sound financial analysis. The engineers at SP1 are generally very good and working very hard, but the SP1 startup has been rocky, and of course it was built a year or 2 too soon. The focus on market share above all else should have been rethought years ago. Blaming the competition for "irrational" pricing when we have gained market share every quarter is foolish. Not raising prices (or stopping the decline) when our factories were full and we were still losing money was foolish. Spending as much money as we did refitting the SDC and then not generating any revenue there was not wise. Our foundry strategy has generally been a disaster: paying TSMC for years and then walking away, teaching SMIC how to compete with us, giving our backend operations away such that we've lost much of the vertical integration and control that we once had. If the new executive team thinks that this is the direction the company should go, I hope that they'll rethink it. Our in-house talent is our best asset--be careful about believing promises that others can do better.

    Disapproves of CEO

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