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AMD Reviews in Markham, ON

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
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Pros
  • Potentially good work/life balance if you don't have too many conference calls in off hours (in 114 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • short staffed in terms of resources and can impact your work life balance (in 27 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company but Bad Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Markham, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good Gym and Location. Good colleague and it provide an environment to grow and lean

    Cons

    Moral and job security is low. Too many useless report without a real target for change or improvement

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    PEY Engineer

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

    I worked at AMD as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are nice and supportive
    There is a cafe in the floor
    The environment looks good
    Gym
    OK salary

    Cons

    Some PEYs/Co-ops had repetitive and boring jobs

    I feel interns are discriminated with small cubicles even though there may bigger cubicles which are empty

    At a higher level there is too much politics in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    PEY

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reliability Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reliability Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    easy and friendly environment, good salary paid

    Cons

    not too challenge, working environment is slow and each department has few communications with each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share the work load

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, bad management

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

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free flowing environment, as long as I did my job on time and correctly, managers were not too concerned what else you were doing. Free gym and decent cafeteria (but food is not free).

    Cons

    Bad management and low morale. When you see 3 layoffs in consecutive years, you know it's time to leave. It used to be a lot better when it was ATI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great engineers, awful management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a fun place to work if you enjoy working with the latest technologies. People treat each other with proper attention and respect. "Rank" usually doesn't get in the way of voicing opinions, so everyone can make an impact if they really want to.

    Cons

    Two words: extreme instability. Layoffs have become an annual event that people prepare for, and each time it's a long and drawn out game of politics. The number one item on each team's agenda is simply survival, not productivity or innovation. The attitude is "live to work another day, worry about the projects later." This is no way to run an engineering firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executives seem utterly clueless. The roadmap changes every time it's presented. They need to listen more closely to employee concerns -- there are thousands of brilliant minds in the company. Unfortunately there exists an enormous rift between regular employees and upper management with very minimal two-way dialogues.

    Barring that, my recommendation is for the execs to resign to make room for more competent people to step up. There are plenty of more competent folks buried underneath.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PEY Student in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PEY Student in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Self-learning opportunities, nice working environment, great learning experiences, industrial exposure

    Cons

    Not too much creativity, strict deadline, some pressure from higher management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    a good tech company with bad culture

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

    I worked at AMD as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    well, for tech people, you are exposed to the projects of states of art. it will make your experience shine.

    Cons

    the management is lousy, they didn't consider much how engineers think or how to motivate them to do better job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    OKAY company ... Not ideal ...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analog Engineer - PEY in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analog Engineer - PEY in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AMD as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The team that I worked in was really a nice team. My manager was a nice and caring person. However, It depends on which department you work in. Moreover, the work/life balance was good.

    Cons

    AMD has serious cultural and value problems. It seems that they do not value their employees specially if you are a contract or an intern employee. Top management does not communicate their goals clearly and employees do not have a clear vision of their future. Also, the semiconductor industry (specially PC-related) is declining; hence, AMD should work hard to be able to survive. Moreover, the

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AMD is always a follower rather than a leader in semiconductor industry. AMD should look forward and align itself with the future of technology whether it is mobile or a new technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    PEY Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging assignments. Learn to understand in depth of an APU. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Some slow periods through out the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    an okay company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Markham, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    stable after the first few years
    family/work balance
    flexible
    talented colleagues

    Cons

    Workplace politics
    The high level technical staffs, PMTSes and Fellows to be specific, have too much weight in AMD's promotion process and unfortunately they don't care much about detail oriented tasks like coding and fixing bugs etc,. Working on these tasks might keep you away from being laid off but certainly won't help you much with your career development.

    Participating meetings and asking questions to draw attention or making friends with PMTS(having lunch with them is a good start) are the ways to go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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