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Updated Mar 10, 2014
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AMD President & CEO Rory Read

Rory Read

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A frustrating place to work -- poor management decisions and cumbersome processes

    Senior Member Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsLots of good technical people and challenging work.

    ConsOngoing management churn with poor decisions, missed schedules, and frequent roadmap revisions. Software release processes are convoluted and failing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hire and Fire mindset

    Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsSome very talented and intelligent engineers that were great to work with

    ConsManagement completely screwed up with constant thrashing of projects and no clear direction that they are taking the company, if they continue this way they will not survive.
    Hire and fire mindset, fire employees to make the financials look good then months later hiring again. Very shady, I know of a woman that was on maternity leave and was laid off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with a concrete plan/direction and stick to it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mediocre employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsAbility to work from home, friendly coworkers

    ConsManagement is poor, pay is average but bonuses are lousy (if they ever occur). The company has been in a tailspin which has accelerated in the last year. There is much dissatisfaction and concern among coworkers about the company's viablility. Also poor recognition of effort regarding promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOptimism ran high in the company a year ago but has since evaporated. Share with the employees why current plan to turn the company around are expected to work when so many other plans have failed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty good so far

    Design Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    Prosgood and challenging work. feels good to be working for a company which is regarded as an underdog

    Consever changing roadmaps and fickle management

    Advice to Senior Managementcreate a roadmap of your own instead of following the market all the time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting and challenging projects

    Senior Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsSmart and competent colleagues. Interesting and challenging projects. Open atmosphere with lots of opportunities to make an impact. Abundant compute and license resources for most jobs. Reasonable work/life balance with flexible hours. Good telecommuting infrastructure.

    ConsThe company has been struggling financially the last few years. Unpleasant actions such as layoff rounds, salary cuts, and mandatory vacations have occurred at various times. Bonus payouts have been low or non-existent due to poor financial performance. Road map has been unstable with project cancellations as a result.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSize resources to project goals properly to ensure a high chance of success. Avoid constant road map changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great colleagues!

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsThe company has many smart people, fosters a culture of meritocracy within the engineering teams, and supports development of employees.

    ConsIt's always been tough to ride the endless waves of boom and bust cycles in the ever changing computer industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on innovation leadership, emphasizing more low power design, restoring the server business and investing in staffing for long term strength.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive.

    Smts (Former Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsInteresting work, smart people, free coffee.

    ConsSometimes a bit of a scramble figuring out what products to make.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't change too many things at once, the grunts can't keep up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    welcome to the inside of the box, here are your politics

    Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsThe paycheck is good.

    Different teams are open and honest in their communication with each other; it is less "silo"-ed than some places.

    ConsIt's the first job I didn't love. It's the first job I needed to work weekends just to stay afloat.

    AMD puts each employee in a little box. Once they find out you can do something, you get to keep doing that one thing forever. You may be promoted and get a raise, but your actual role will not change. Professional development? They've heard of it...

    Management is variable. Some of the management usually makes decent decisions. Some efforts that should have been achievable, instead have been derailed by unproductive political battles. So it can be a free for all. Where's the adult supervision? It's a good place if you are a politician.

    The company nearly went broke during the 2008-2009 recession.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCease operations and free the wage slaves? Who knows what can save this co. from its 1990s business model, internal politics, and competitors who are stronger on the high end and nimbler on the low end?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place, tough times

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsAMD is a good place to work. There are very few walls between departments. People are generally supportive.. especially once you have that face to face meeting.

    ConsSometime, it is hard to change from doing things the old way. But generally, people can be convinced.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecareful not to focus so much on the old PC market that we get left behind.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting technical work, but compensation is not competitive.

    Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Boxborough, MA

    ProsInteresting and challenging work at the forefront of the CPU and GPU markets. Lots of opportunities to learn about the latest technologies.

    ConsRough economy and poor execution on the CPU side of the business has prevented the company from providing proper compensation and benefits to retain important staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to see that compensation and benefits are improved to prevent losing even more engineering staff to our competitors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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