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Updated July 6, 2015
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Pros
  • Good Pay but don't expect work life balance (in 114 reviews)

  • Flexible Work Hours, good management (in 62 reviews)

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  • No work-life balance for multiple reasons (in 27 reviews)

  • Poor senior management just in it for padding their own pockets while the ship sinks (in 50 reviews)

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  1. Senior Design Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior ASIC/Layout Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC/Layout Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AMD full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and experienced engineers who've solved the latest and greatest problems in the domain.

    Cons

    Very bad compensation compared to the market. Focus seems to be more to hire new employees than to retain existing ones.


  2. A struggling but scrappy company

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    Current Employee - SMTS Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - SMTS Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong engineering culture with many good people.

    Cons

    Always struggling to survive, with some bad management decisions along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused. Don't try to do too much.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Ups and Downs

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some teams have healthy cultures. Some technical work is cutting-edge. It's a friendly atmosphere. AMD is never too formal. Flex time is possible so long as you're delivering stuff. There's often good collaboration across teams / sites / functions. Not much red tape. Work/life balance is fine in my experience, 40 hours will usually do it on most teams. Not a lot of crazy pie-in-the-sky research projects -- everyone's work is directly related to products. And we do ship a lot of products, they are in people's hands.

    Cons

    Some teams have unhealthy cultures: some are documentation-free, some are led by bullies. A few entire teams are deadwood. Some very senior bullshitters have built empires for themselves, and you don't want to cross them. Some parts of the company are an old-boy network, and some of the old boys don't hardly deserve their privilege. Revolving door senior management. Revolving door strategic plans. Annual layoffs and titanic-deck-chair-rearranging exercise. There are big upcoming debt payments, so a major future restructuring seems unavoidable. There's been brain drain, and less mature people have been promoted to fill the gaps, this has led to coworker quality issues on some teams. No accountability. Nobody ever gets in trouble for missing deadlines, low quality deliverables. It's good enough right? AMD can be democratic in the worst way. We can't do something unless everyone agrees, but we have to keep talking about it if anyone wants to do it. So there are a lot of "efforts" where 25 people get called to a weekly meeting to discuss some vague future process improvement which never goes anywhere. To survive, you have to develop a good sense of which efforts are fictitious and ignore them or decline participation.

    Advice to Management

    To the management of the company that acquires us in the future: don't keep AMD intact. Refactor it. Sort the teams into "healthy", "needs more resources", and "needs to go".


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Intense, but good if you like a startup feeling in an established public company.

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    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good if you want to design microprocessors and graphics processing units (cpus and gpus), cmos circuits and microprocessor architecture. Design teams are big and spread all over the world. A lot of teleconference meetings and possibly some travel involved.

    Cons

    Projects can be too long (3-5 years) which makes them prone to a higher level of uncertainty on their completion (market changes, technology changes, management changes, etc). You are expected to be able to log in from home or while on the road. People tend to put in long hours including and it is not uncommon to receive and send email 24/7. Design teams are all over the country and world therefore there is a need to have teleconference meetings at odd times which could be very early, very late, or during lunch time. Has very similar performance policies as Intel: top 10% employees get treated like kings, bottom 10% employees get laid off in the next cost cutting round, the other 80% get below expectation reviews during tough times and average reviews during good times.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be honest during performance reviews and not use them as "motivational tools". It is not fair on hard working employees and it takes a big toll on company morale.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Was good in the begining...

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    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ultra High-tech firm with access to cutting edge technologies. Health benefits exceeded the industry standard. I never paid anything except a small co-pay, even for major surgery. Absolutely amazing colleagues. Some of the brightest minds in the world work there.

    Cons

    What you’re hired at was about as good as it gets. The company would consistently hire very senior level people, at very competitive salaries, and then assign them a title that would limit their potential for receiving any significant form of raise. Most often the salary increases wouldn’t even cover increases in cost of living (not good for a long term career). Often when referring people into he company we would inform them to only accept a position if the company agreed to change the title to a higher level, thus forcing them to be hired at the bottom of the salary range with room for salary increases. The Information Technology teams were re-organized SIX TIMES from the beginning of 2010 to the latter half of 2012. By the end the staff was “siloed” into groups based on very specific functions, and none of these groups communicated well. This made it impossible to complete any project. By the end of this time it was common to say “If you don’t like what you’re doing, just wait two months”. If you are not located in Austin, TX then you will often get overlooked (referred to internally as “Good ole Boy Syndrome”) There is a major lack of focus from upper management (Director up), and middle management is horribly overworked (promotion to management was considered a death sentence).

    Advice to Management

    Focus!!!


  7. Mediocre employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Management 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 Management

    Optimism 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.


  8. Pretty good so far

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer II in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer II in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    ever changing roadmaps and fickle management

    Advice to Management

    create a roadmap of your own instead of following the market all the time


  9. Helpful (1)

    Interesting technical work, but compensation is not competitive.

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Rough 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 Management

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


  10. intern review at boston design center site

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer Coop in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Coop in Boxborough, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay , housing for interns paid in half, dental, vision and health covered too! The Boston design center have good amount of young people in a flat hierarchy structure. It makes very easy to work with everybody, people is really friendly and reply to each other queries within minutes. There used to be free coffee, cafeteria inside, and very close to building entrances parking lot. The center is accesible right off the highway, very fast commute. All the cubicles have a huge dual screen setup, system support is really fast getting back at you and there is a pretty forest you can walk on those frustrated days with the CAD tools :)

    Cons

    company is lossing a lot of money several quarters in a row and the stock is very depreciated

    Advice to Management

    make more successful microprocessors design, and see them all the way to completion (do not cancel the projects at the middle of them)



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