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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,230 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Big name, good products and good benefits.

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    Former Employee - House Wife in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - House Wife in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Stability, friendly, caring, safety and equality.

    Cons

    Ordinary environment, not clean enough and dark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase stability.

    Improve environment.

    Hire more people to replace the retirees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Enjoyable challenging work, good people, a little uncertain...

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

    I have been working at AMD full-time

    Pros

    I find the work enjoyable and challenging, and feel like I am appreciated. Still working on reasonably cutting edge technology. Upper leadership seems to be trying their best to stabilize the company and grow it for the future. Reasonably good benefits. Generally a nice place to work in terms of atmosphere.

    Cons

    Life as the underdog can get a bit wearing - only time will tell if the bets taken by leadership will stem the perennial lean times. Some of the cost cutting measures can introduce some annoying issues.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    design engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    good learning environment in the company

    Cons

    not good senior management at top

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Struggling company whose transition plan didn't pan out

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    Former Employee - IT Service Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Service Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The AMD Way, was a good organizational culture that was developed well, and the transition plan for the product line and delivery all made sense, but it wasn't enough in the competitive market.

    Cons

    Layoffs were always the first response to revenue decreases, and while there were far too few people to complete projects, more and more were approved and added, which burned out a lot of good people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly think AMD's best days may well be behind it, and it may be time to merge with a healthy firm, so the IP isn't completely lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Cost-cutting has driven away many strong contributors

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    In the early-to-mid 2000s, market conditions enabled the company to retain multiple strong design teams. Innovation was encouraged, for example, by awarding bonuses for patents. The sabbatical program was generous: 8 weeks paid vacation after every 7 years. Work-life balance is good, except for the inevitable need for late night meetings due to design teams spread over multiple time zones.

    Cons

    Many good employees left after taking their final sabbatical when management ended the program in the early 2010s. Cost-cutting, in the form of regular layoffs, forced many of the best engineers out. Getting communication from design teams halfway across the world became more difficult. The fundamental problem is that the traditional market -- CPU/GPU for desktop and laptop machines -- isn't growing fast enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinstate the sabbatical to encourage a long-term commitment from employees. Get some design wins in fast-growing markets. If necessary, buy or develop the capability to produce an AMD-branded tablet or smartphone; don't worry about possible cannibalization of the OEM market. It's better to control your own destiny!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    smart people, location, innovative products, benefits

    Cons

    constant layoffs, managers don't know how to manage

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    Respectful, allows for personal development

    Cons

    Too many management and roadmap changes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong people, poor product management, top heavy senior management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent technical staff who are motivated and largely competent. Some lossage in recent years as AMD has stumbled, but still has some very good folks. Good work culture if you can avoid having to deal with the vicissitudes of senior management.

    Cons

    Product management and marketing continues to be a weak spot. Similarly, upper management (Senior Director / VPs has been bloated with a lot of churn and not a lot of apparent value). Perhaps recent downsizing and reorgs have improved this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the company profitable. Kill broken projects earlier. Downsize the top-heavy management structure. Keep those good employees you still have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A once shining light slowly fading due to ineffective leadership and poor decision making.

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent people - Folks at AMD have that underdog, fighter mentality, they are bold, scrappy, and eternally optimistic. As a result people are very collaborative and tend to work very well together to get the job done. A rich IP portfolio across x86, Graphics, and emerging technologies means the company has the tools to be successful.

    Cons

    Continued annual restructuring and downsizing has left people over worked and underpaid, burnt out. Lack of competitive products and roadmap due to poor decision making is costing the company valuable partnerships and brand equity. Engineering is overworked and stretched to thin on too many projects, only exacerbating the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be decisive, tactical, and innovative. Since we don't have the deep pockets for R&D or marketing of our chief competitors we need to choose the markets where we can succeed and go after them exclusively. We can no longer afford the "peanut butter spread" to try and be all things to all customers. It only continues to sour relationships when we make commitments we can't meet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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