AMD Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Ups and Downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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    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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Ever increasing work, Not enough compensation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    No lack of interesting work, friendly co-workers, beautiful campus with onsite Gym

    Cons

    Ever increasing work due to voluntary or involuntary workforce reduction. Not enough compensation or recognition of hard work. You have to be really good in PR to get ahead. Very risky future, at least for 2015.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent in your workforce before they completely give up on their future. Measure the worth in what they produce and not how loud they speak.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good place to work for a few years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    Very interesting job. Great projects to work on.
    Very knowledgeable, detailed, friendly engineers.
    Relaxed environment.
    Flexible working schedules.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Company is in perpetual crisis. Morale is frequently low.
    Personal growth is slow, sometimes very slow.
    Salary is below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your minds on what is wrong with AMD and fix it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. GOOD CULTURE

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    Management appreciate and recognize hard work

    Cons

    unstable industry, management strategy does not have long term goal

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