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Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
1,191 Reviews
3.1
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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.  

    AMD, Canada

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work, people, compensation, flexibility and culture

    Cons

    Work sometimes is too specialized.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company hope they focus on fewer things

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team, fast paced environment. Lot of interesting opportunities even for junior folks.

    Cons

    short staffed in terms of resources and can impact your work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to focus on fewer SoC, can't afford to go after all markets

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Co-op Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Co-Op Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Main advantage of working at AMD is, Company is not performing up to the mark and there are layoffs going on coz of which there is a resource crunch. Because of this Co-ops are the ones who are most benefitted. They are given a lot of responsibilities which is expected out of a co-op term. I got to learn a lot of things. My manager made me a project lead for the next assignment. I don't think this is possible in any other companies.

    Cons

    No fulltime opportunities. They only hire co-ops and get their work done at low cost. Good business strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comments

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Your experience will depend on which business unit you work in

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits that the company provides (health care, time off, etc..) are better than some companies. All of the managers that I have worked for have been supportive of taking time off to take care of your family when needed.

    Cons

    Lots of change occurring within the company right now. There have been layoffs and management changes recently. The company seems like it is trying to figure out how its going to survive the next three to five years and is not sure what it wants to make/do (are we... a CPU?, GPU?, embedded processor company?). I feel that the board of directors and the executive management are trying to throw anything at the wall and see what sticks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please figure out what you want so that we can help you get there.

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

    Great first company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to start a career.

    I came straight out of college and worked with some extremely humble talented people that I've learned so much from.

    Cons

    Takes a while to get a promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My management was great. No advice.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    - very flexible working time,
    - laid-back and casual work place,
    - nice building,
    - gym, restaurant,
    - nice people

    Cons

    - lack of experienced software engineers - geeks,
    - a lot of arrogate people,
    - time pressure,
    - management not technical with lack of basic knowledge from industry stand point,
    - hardware very poor, computers used to work on were old and slow,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think wider

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    IC layout designer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    large comfortable campus. Coworkers are friendly

    Cons

    very fast paced and too many conferences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A historically underperforming company with unproven leadership facing major challenges.

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    AMD is a good place to work with some smart, hard working people. Senior management has a vision of shifting the product mix to embedded, enterprise and semi-custom and away from processors and graphics where they feel they can better compete and gain market share. This is the right direction in my opinion.

    Cons

    Change is extremely difficult in this 30+ year old company. A company of this size should be a lot more agile. There are a lot of siloed special interests that outwardly support change as long as it is not their area that changes. I do not have the impression that the executive leadership team is completely bought into the vision they claim to support based on the behavior of middle management. There is not enough focus on gross margin from the revenue side. Lacks sufficient measurement and control of margin eroding discounting practices from the sales teams. Serious need to flatten out end of quarter linearity but no focus in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the bottom line, opex and cash flow is not enough. Need to break out and manage the elements of ASP to stop the margin leakage. Challenge the sales teams to faster starts early in the quarter. Push finance to break out revenue elements, establish targets and measure progress. Invest in real process improvements, not just more data. Replace any senior management that is not fully bought into the strategy. Measure them by their actions and their willingness to change their own organizations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    nice people to work with.

    Cons

    just had laidoff 7% of work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Software is secondary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer & Lead Quality Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer & Lead Quality Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    My manager was very informal. I could try things to see if it was viable.
    Flexible hours made for great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of direction. I get being a hands off manager, but too much hands off and the team wasn't focused on moving in any specific direction.
    Plus, I feel that AMD is a hardware company at heart and didn't seem to get software development, nor foster those would did and tried to improve things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a goal.
    Listen to your employees on how to achieve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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