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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promising start on turnaround; now struggling to stay alive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some smart people; good work ethic

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction, marginal management leadership skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a course and stick to it - no more 'flavor of the quarter' just to try to influence Wall Street investors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of potential with limited ability to execute

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities (one of 2 companies with an x86 license, one of 2 companies providing graphics for the PC / Laptop industry and the only company designing both ARM and x86 devices. They are the only company providing graphics for the latest generation game consoles. Overall, AMD should be able to turn this into money.

    Cons

    Excessive debt from the ATI acquisition limits the companies ability to invest.
    Indecisive leadership (e.g. how to capitalize on their positions) makes them ineffective
    Lack of a cohesive strategy spreads thin resources too far
    Lack of growth opportunities combined with regular layoffs creates an atmosphere of fear instead of informed risk taking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and help it evolve to success. The half-life of a strategy must be longer than the time it takes to execute otherwise it decays before it succeeds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Resolve to win, with (some) losing strategies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great technology and people who want to see company be successful. No budget. Some online learning. Nice people.

    Cons

    Terrible HR culture. Business suffers as a result. Too many initiatives to be successful, leading to frustrating inertia as a way of life. Saying no means someone else will do it and you will not be "top talent". Suboptimal systems. Leaders in denial on what it takes to change, overstating "transformation".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize across the board. Show everyone a roadmap to your vision. Provide examples by role or function. Share more employee and customer feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Only for Engineering and Technology

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, but right now the focus is on Engineering and key Technologies and any support functions are being minimized.

    Cons

    Yearly (or bi-yearly) reductions in force; only the focus areas will be supported over the near term; morale in many groups is very low

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

    Software is secondary

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    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 a 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
  8.  

    Good people but no discipline as a company and ineffective upper management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Marketing in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager, Marketing in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Flexible hours and ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Constant stress of layoffs. Capricious decision making by executives. Still runs like a fly by the seat of your pants start up even though it's 45 years old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to instill more discipline in your decision making. Establish strong strategic approaches, map solutions to that strategy and allow them to see the course. Short attention span style decision making is killing any chance for success.

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

    Average or lower workplace

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    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Potentially good work/life balance if you don't have too many conference calls in off hours.
    Challenging projects

    Cons

    Potentially (very) bad work/life balance because projects are often executed at too many sites. A lot of off-hours conference calls and work.
    Customer satisfaction is not a high priority at AMD. Continuing financial challenges make people to focus on internal matters rather than customers.
    Too frequent changes in product roadmap and plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize customer statisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not as great as it used to be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    Good location, some good folks still around, great technology, but very immature processes and product development methodology.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities to grow or develop. Performance- good or bad- is not rewarded or punished. No focus on keeping top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Test Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, laid-back environment, work-life balance. Lenient on time off, if needed, on short notice e.g. having to pick up kids from school.

    Cons

    Poor management, empty promises, subpar compensation, hurry up and wait mentality, benefits slowly cut. When the going is good it's GOOD, but when it's bad it's UGLY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create value in your employees by cross-training, continuing education and inspiring. Don't make hiring decisions based on who has been your friend the longest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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