AMD Reviews in Marlborough, MA

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  • Very laid back culture across the board and you can have an awesome work-life balance (in 109 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 58 reviews)


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  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 24 reviews)

  • Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck (in 51 reviews)

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    Fun place to work but not financially rewarding due to company's current financial woes (Feb 2009).

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work at AMD is the people and the core projects. AMD is developing cutting edge CPU and GPU products that are very competitive in the market place. You will work with some very smart people and have a good time doing so. Its nice when a project you worked so hard on makes it into the hands of millions of people and you know you played a part in the success. However, thats about where it ends.

    AMD is going through some very tough times financially where some of it is due to bad economic times, lack of execution on some key CPU products, and the acquisition of ATI. Due to this employees are hit with cut-backs such as 10% salary cuts, no promotions, bonuses, etc. These are temporary and many successful companies have gone through these kinds of cut-backs including Intel. However, the senior leadership seems to be making some good choices about how to manage this. For example, they are executing very well on an initiative called Asset Lite and have been selling off non-core businesses and have started a new company to run the fabs. These initiatives are helping to reduce the overall debt and keep more people with jobs.

    Cons

    AMD is not doing well financially and this trickles down to the employees such as 10% salary cuts, no match on 401k, etc. Also, the health care benefits suck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to cut out the little things that can still make employees happy. There is a balance here and you don't want to push your loyal employees away.

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    Great work-life balance. Great time to join if you believe the stock will go back up one day.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Managers don't normally keep track of work hours or ask you to be physically in the office all the time. Good work-life balance. Work days and work hours are flexible as long as the hours are about right. I have never been rejected on my vacation requests either. (Of course I don't purposely take days off during the busy time)

    Cons

    AMD is burning cash and not making enough revenue to cover the costs. Lay offs are depressing. Stock going down is depressing. I came from ATI. One of the first thing AMD senior managements promised in 2006 when they aquired ATI was to continue the quarterly all-hand meetings. They failed on the very first quarter after the merger. There hasn't been enough visibility of what's going on besides your own team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to come up with something exciting that energizes the company up when economy is bad and there is no quick solution to turning into profitability. Taking away benefits like movie passes and monthly donut day is not the best way to turn into profitability anyways.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    AMD rocks!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for AMD are the people and technology. The group is great. My team leader is excellent. My manager is awesome.

    Cons

    The downsides of working at AMD is the current financial situation of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to reward the top performers much more. Pay them top-dollars. Give them better benefits.

    Recommends
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    AMD - Sinking Ship or Phoenix waiting to rise again?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    My manager allows me flexible work hours as well as a partial telecommute option. Opinions of employees are solicited and the management is forthcoming with communication regarding decisions made. The technical aspects of the job are challenging and because of the underdog status of the company there is a heightened sense of achievement on meeting/exceeding milestones.

    Cons

    AMD runs a very tight ship (more so in this down cycle for the company). There is always a resource crunch and typically that means sacrificing of critical projects or trying to run them with drastic compromises. Due to this once you are an expert at something and good at it, it is very difficult to move on to other things. This is extremely career limiting. There is a "cultish" mentality that the senior management tries to project, where AMD does nothing wrong and all the problems are because of big, bad intel. This leads to senior management not taking enough responsibility for their failures and lowers employee morale and the employees' faith in senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Take responsibility for your failures. While some of AMD's problems are obviously due to the competitive landscape, a lot of what currently ails the company can be blamed on mismanagement and gambles by the senior management.
    2. Acknowledge where AMD is falling behind (either in the technology or process etc) and outline an aggressive plan to make up lost ground in those areas.

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