AMD Reviews in Canada

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
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AMD President & CEO Rory Read
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Pros
  • Very laid back culture across the board and you can have an awesome work-life balance (in 101 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck (in 50 reviews)

  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 20 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    great learning experience, colleagues are great mentors

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    Former Employee - Power Analysis Engineer  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Power Analysis Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD for more than a year

    Pros

    good learning experience, people are very nice and knowledgeable

    Cons

    resources are limited sometimes, getting help from another team might take a very long time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    MTS Engineer

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    Former Employee - SMTS Design Engineer  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - SMTS Design Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Free Gym & Showers
    Generally nice people

    Cons

    Work level is high
    Upper Management are over confident but don't know what they're doing
    Low morale due to uncertainty over the future and regular layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to go into some market where you won't be killed by the competition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    PEY Intern - software

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    Former Employee - PEY Engineer  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PEY Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Big company big name. Hire many students, so not too difficult to get in. Roles vary a lot so make sure ask questions about the roles during interview. Potential to learn a lot if you get in a good team with good manager

    Cons

    Could be stuck in a pos doing mindless auto testings (WHCK!) which you will get bored after 1 week, with 68 more weeks to go...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering how many students they hire, it'll be great to have the option for students to rotate teams once during the 16 months work term. After all if they want to attract new talents thru the students, first make the students happy n give them more exposure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boring

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary is comparable to other companies in the area.

    Cons

    Lack of direction by the company's leadership. They aren't too good about spreading the work, so some people are overwhelmed, but other people having nothing to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, good management, but unstable PC industry

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager

    I have been working at AMD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Management is diversifying their investment so it is not solely dependent on PC industry. Good direction and strategy. Work life balance is good when a project is not due.

    Cons

    Career path is stagnant. Not always working with the smartest people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more opportunities for career development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Roller coaster ride

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at AMD full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of interesting career opportunities, good pay, talented work force

    Cons

    Politics, with the leadership more worried about how their departments seem to execs than focussing on real results. So many seemingly senseless re-orgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget "internal marketing campaign", and instead focus on really driving improvements throughout the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good experience

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    good pay, nice people, good working environment

    Cons

    repetitive testing job, not much new technology

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics, Burn-out, Poor Management, No Real Engineering

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The salary is competitive for Canada. You can pay your bills and provide for your family. However, bonuses are almost non-existent, and RSU incentives are so overvalued to determine quantity that its comedic.

    Many of the engineers are good, smart, hard-working people. But this has nothing to do with AMD. Many engineers in general are good, smart, hard-working people. This comment is applicable to pretty much any company that has engineers!

    Cons

    After reading many reviews, it is apparent that experiences are quite varied in the company. Here are the cons with platform development (board-level design):

    1. No work-life balance for multiple reasons. (a)management will overload newer employees and allow Sr. Staff members to add to it. (b)Marketing will cancel projects after you have put in insane hours and then increase the quantity of SKUs without changing the deadlines = More work expected in half the time. No, your manager will not push back on your behalf.

    2. Technical decisions are made by people who don't know. Marketing wants something based on cost and an apples-oranges comparison with the competition, then it's up to the engineer to make it happen. And no, the laws of physics are not considered an acceptable reason to why it can't be done.
    3. Career growth opportunities are extremely limited. Those that exist are not given to the achievers, but rather the boss' friends.

    4. POLITICS has killed Engineering! (a) Much of the hardware work is being shipped to China so everyone in platform is struggling to prove their value to the company; even if it means being treated like a doormat. (b) Senior Staff Engineers who have been promoted above their ability compensate by off-loading doomed-to-fail work and then pointing fingers when things don't work out. When a junior engineer succeeds, the senior guy will manage to pass off the success as his own. (c) You can never have an engineering discussion. Any purely technical conversation is killed because it is above the heads of many (including the senior guys). Mathematical explanations are disregarded unless you have experimental proof. The experimental evidence may be physically impossible to obtain for any number of reasons, but that just means you are wrong. (d) The word "ownership" plagues the department to the point where it no longer has meaning. You may "own" a design, but 3 of your colleagues have dictated what components you are to use, the PCB layer count, and thermal conditions so you have no room to design anything. Your ownership has been reduced to schematic entry, and technician level testing.

    5. Poor management. Related to the point on politics, many managers are not qualified to lead their teams. They are not as knowledgeable as their reports. The manager-employee relationship turns into a struggle and the employee will always lose with a disproportionate workload, no work-life balance, and poor performance reviews regardless of any significant contributions made to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are many people who are willing to weather the storm and work to revitalize the company -- even among those that leave. Check the performance of your middle managers. Many were promoted to their positions by default as the only ones who have been around long enough to be considered for promotion. Clean out the megalomaniacs in a position of authority and you might find more satisfied engineers and a boost in morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not enough work for interns

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    Former Employee - PEY Software Engineer  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PEY Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    In my experience, most of the people in your team is nice and ready to help you if you ever need. Rory has been doing a great job in shuffling things lately

    Cons

    I worked their as an intern and knew quite a few interns there. Most of the interns were doing mundane jobs even though they asked for work regularly. Interns are not provided work and not inspired to make a significant contribution to the company which is both bad for the intern and AMD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent Company but needs better inter team cooperation.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, friendly people, amazing learning environment for interns and new grad engineers.

    Cons

    Cooperation between teams is pretty minimal and usually needs to go through several managing staff members before stuff gets done. Sometimes people are worried about job security and don't tell you exactly how to do certain tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more job security and encourage more communication between teams. This might increase productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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