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Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
1,259 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.  

    Best times are well in the past

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people - many good engineers.

    Cons

    Layoffs have become part of the culture now and are expected. The most proactive people take charge of their own careers and find something somewhere else before what seems like the inevitable happens. Overburdened with procedural details with an unwillingness to do anything differently than was done in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to major shareholders - Series of executive turnovers have happened over the last dozen years or so with no substantial improvement to show for it. It might be time to refresh the board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Technologist in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software QA Technologist in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    not bad in that cmpany

    Cons

    good t habve this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work for the long haul.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

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

    Pros

    Extremely challenging work due to a perennially short staffed environment. You can choose to cry about this, or use it to your advantage and learn quickly. I chose the latter and it gives tremendous job satisfaction. Flexible working hours, flexible movement between technical roles, generally less micro management (this can be subjective).

    Cons

    The company has been struggling with margin and revenue. It has been cutting down on several perks - no sabbaticals for instance, poor bonuses, RSUs don't mean much due to poor stock performance, no real employee engagement events. Even the fitness center requires a certain minimum attendance otherwise you lose membership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the balance between the projects that are likely to generate revenue vs experimental projects right. Management starts well but tends to get excited and piles up too much work without realizing the ground reality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a long term play...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    GPU technology still has a chance to be relevant, there are still some smart people left there that could make a difference longer term. Game console wins should drive business for a few years.

    Cons

    CPU technology is too far behind Intel, can't sell it with enough margin to make a difference. Layoffs have become an annual thing every fall. In the last round of layoffs, they targeted mid-management, so after getting rewarded for good work with promotions, they got laid off. A lot of managers with many years of people management experience were replaced with managers with zero people management experiences, so morale is very low. Company looking to ARM to save them, but not too many companies other than Apple, Qualcom, and Samsung making money there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a visionary to run the company. AMD always has a plan to turn the company around, but no real vision. Without that big vision to drive everyone towards, the company will continue to shrink.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Perennially circling the drain

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Offers a laid-back office environment.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs get depressing. It feels like there's just a skeleton crew left at this point

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AMD should probably bite the bullet and sell out to Samsung.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Not a good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    If you are a manager and know how to play politics, great place to be!

    Cons

    If not, pack you bag and run.

  8.  

    a lot of workload due to recent layoffs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    flexible working hours.
    they dont micro manage as long as you deliver

    Cons

    workforce are spread too thin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many people in upper management. lots of VPs to something. lots of senior managers to some role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good, engineering-oriented company with morale and competitiveness issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent, empowering and merit-oriented culture. People with knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to contribute are highly valued and rewarded. A great place to learn and exercise your engineering skills.

    Cons

    Products and underlying technologies aren't competitive. Poor sales and weak profit margins cause underfunding of R&D projects, perpetual competitiveness challenges and continuous staff reductions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget about the financial ratios for a while and invest to restore fundamental competitiveness. Change the game. Do something revolutionary that generates cash and reinvents AMD as a modern, relevant company. The company will be great again once it can afford to invest in its core technologies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's been a good experience working with AMD.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is excellent.
    Micromanagement is done away with.
    No one forces you to work on weekends.

    Cons

    No process in place to manage work.Things are mostly ad hoc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company. No regrets.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    Challenging job. Innovative company. Fun

    Cons

    Can't think of any, actually.

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