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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    SPansion

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

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    A growing organization with acceptance of continous change

    Cons

    Slow decision making and very tough market environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of executive officers

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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

    I have been working at Spansion

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    better next time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    good technical group, ready to share information

    Cons

    no communication with other engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not sure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Spansion - A risk worth taking?

    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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

    I have been working at Spansion

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Reasonable work life balance. Average compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work life balance. Average compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    a lot of cost cutting measures, which generally leads to reduction in work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    analyst in Spansion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Opportunity is given to some employees
    Upper management provides updates on the company on a regular basis.
    Learning curve is steep. Good for those who wants to learn new things

    Cons

    Not many chances of career advancement
    Very strict, no flexibility within the department n also HR
    Layoffs is a norm. Unstable industry
    Promises made by management never fulfilled.
    Banned Skype in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All is said above. They should care more about their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Frustrating..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

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

    Pros

    Company makes available training and resources to advance your career. Filled with great co-workers and fun management. Has a diverse skill set need, which allows for learning and growth.

    Cons

    In bankruptcy the executive team was replaced with great motivated members. Those below them have not moved in years, and most plan to retire out of their current role. This has created roadblocks for change. Limited growth potential for career oriented workers and fear + territorial behavior for those at the top.

    Add in forced distribution ranking where mangers fail to read goals and performance to expectation, and you have disfunction. Those at the top are self ranking each other via hand shake, and people who are perceived as a threat, are ranked out of contention.

    Executive management made the changes necessary to generate success, but failed to push the changes into all ranks. Spansion is now a glass ceiling company. If you work there you will know when you hit the glass, and depart.

    Current strategy is to replace high level exiting engineers with new college graduates. This will generate 5 years of growth potential for the new hires. Issue in the policy is those at the top will not mentor up, becasue of a "see you still need me" job protection mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Capitalize on potential. Force retired on the job workers back to work, or lose those around them who are being tasked with completing open projects. You created a lean employee company. Now you have to follow through with getting the right people on the bus, and removing those who no longer belong.

    I have sat in too many meeting where a senior manager says "I am doing this because I was told I have too not because I believe it is the right direction", and then later comes back to voice the initiative as a total failure.

    When rolling out benifits changes stop saying we strive to be average. Use smart speech. "We work hard to meet industry santards" or " as benchmarking is completed we align the company to be competative." Telling employees you provide average benefits but require exceptional performance is not the message you want to send.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Officer in Shah Alam (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Officer in Shah Alam (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    great team work
    good management team
    good working culture

    Cons

    company not stable, easily shut down

    Approves of CEO

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