AMD Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. technically its great place to work

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at AMD

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

    Pros

    Technically its great place to work. You can learn and gain a lot of technical knowledge and expertise.
    There is enough work on plate so you will never be idle.

    Cons

    Pay and bonus are not good. Bad top management decision on defining the product line.
    Work life balance is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Define a strong product line and diversify the business..

  2. Great people to work with from the Accountants to Financial Analyst.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The person who hired me was a great mentor and motivator. He had an open office policy to learn and share with the team. Every question is a good question, he used to say. He was patient, never pushy, he asked politely even during stress, he hired competent analyst and we were surrounded with very talented people.

    Cons

    Our department was placed in a hallway. The division was hiring but there was no room for desks, no windows, no privacy, and it was dark in the corner.
    I only stayed for 2 years and moved on to a better working condition.

    Advice to Management

    AMD was growing fast and hiring fast but without the rooms and specific areas for departments. I felt suffocated in that hallway, it was the dead end without good lighting and windows. People were great but there was no room for us.

  3. Helpful (3)

    If you have an option to work for another company, you should probably take it!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphics Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Graphics Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at AMD

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

    Pros

    Rather old fashioned company. So if you are behind on your engineering tools, you can still get by and not having to worry about updating them.

    Cons

    There are three levels of managers here: the top level which is rather fluid and is mostly new. The first level managers: the ones that are new are generally reasonably good. The mid level: Directors and Sr Directors. They are the bane of the company. They have become directors and senior directors because they have been there for a long time and have never updated their skills or never cared to open themselves to the current day world. Once in a while you get a first level manager who is good - like the one I had when I was working there till recently. This guy came from Intel and had a lot of modern ideas on software development, knew very well how graphics worked and was very enthusiastic. But I could sense the guy struggled to get things past his upper management and seemed to give up gradually. Once I heard him say that for three or four years since he joined the company he never got a compensation adjustment or a decent bonus. I felt sorry for him. Since then I left to work for a competition - I got a full 44% compensation increase! Take that AMD!

    Advice to Management

    Your directors and senior directors won't be able to solve your problems: they are the problems. Get rid of them. Treat your lower level employees better.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Company has 'blah' culture and employees are not used to winning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Vice President in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Vice President in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at AMD

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Health care is average. Onsite gym and cafeteria.

    Cons

    Cafeteria food is below average. People in general are very process and rules focused rather than doing what's best for the business. Thought it is "headquartered" in Sunnyvale, the center of power is really in Austin. No ESPP. Legal has an unbalanced amount of power compared to other large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a bigger/better Silicon Valley presence and move more decision making down to the business units. Slash the red tape and fear of always getting sued. Be aggressive and create a winning culture.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good teams, not much growth opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work with great and loyal people in the industry but many of them are burnt out due to continuous restructure.

    Cons

    little work-life balance, many people are over worked for an extended period of time and burnt out. the management is doing little about this and some great people have left the company as a result.

  7. Average or lower workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    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 Management

    Prioritize customer statisfaction.

  8. Enriching experience to work at AMD

    Former Intern - Product Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Product Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at AMD as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work culture, company values, team structures enhance learning environment

    Cons

    Many people appear to be leaving.

  9. Helpful (1)

    down the way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PMTS in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - PMTS in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    still there are good talent people

    Cons

    bad management and worst marketing/platform team

    Advice to Management

    don't be fooled by those fellow and CTO which most know nothing but just politics

  10. Relaxing working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at AMD as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work hour
    nice manager/co-wokers
    -fair paid

    Cons

    - too many layoffs
    - projects aren't exciting

  11. bad performance

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    basically none, a sinking company

    Cons

    poor payment, no future, sinking

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