Spansion Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Ready to be transformed into a great company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (2)

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

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    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great engineering, tough business

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. No company is perfect but it doe not mean nothing can be improved

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    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work enviornment here is quite friendly and stress level is reasonable. Good work/life balance. Most people are working reasonably hard.

    Cons

    - Semiconductor as a whole is a sunset business in north America - Memory market is very brutal and it is not for fainted heart - Some cultural residue left from AMD - execution is slow and unreliable - Upside on salary and career is very limited

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on execution and commitment - Plan for long term success - Diversify your product portfolio - Cultivate your culture and identity to make you stand out from others


  6. better next time

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good technical group, ready to share information

    Cons

    no communication with other engineers

    Advice to Management

    not sure


  7. Helpful (1)

    SPansion

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controller in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Controller in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A growing organization with acceptance of continous change

    Cons

    Slow decision making and very tough market environment

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of executive officers


  8. Spansion - A risk worth taking?

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent exposure expecially for fresh graduates. Spansion is more of a "big start-up", allowing a very good environment to learn how complex global organizations work and the challenges they face.

    Cons

    No Bonuses & benefits. Besides the company is havin a downtrend as far as stock price is concerned. The future is risky.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on IT Project Management maturity - this will reap benefits for ROI visibility allowing better calculated investments & also delivery of quality product on time.


  9. Quick pace and challenging environment with people who are respectful of each other and willing to help out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work schedule is a con. Its 3 days on and 4 days off and vice versa. In general people are nice and not too pushy.

    Cons

    Its been a while since we have had a profit, and so we are understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    You need to make a profit and have more company events to bring people together, especially the younger newly graduated employees.


  10. good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    working condition is not that competitive, coworkers are friendly and helpful. Spansion a good place to work if you are not a very ambitious person. Ample opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    nothing much to say about the cons, I really enjoy working in Spansion. I think the compensation is comparable to similar companies in the valley.


  11. Application Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Spansion full-time

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

    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 Management

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



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