AMD Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
1,124 Reviews

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Pros
  • Very laid back culture across the board and you can have an awesome work-life balance (in 101 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck (in 50 reviews)

  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 20 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Team members. Talent engineers and personels.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Products. Great Engineering thinking.

    Cons

    Lousy CFO. Messed up big time on acquisition and financing. Everybody suffered for this terrible, mismanagement, hyprocritical CFO.

    No opinion of CEO
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    working from home, flexible hours, good base salary, unclear future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The company lets you work from home most of the time, which is refreshing. Base salary is good, stocks/bonus not so much.

    Cons

    No proper communication within the company. AMD needs some 'google groups' infrastructure.
    Unstable future. Management doesn't focus on the right projects. Due to working from home, the office can feel empty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add a world-wide communication network, not based on email, such as Google groups. Regularly ask for feedback from engineers about their manager.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    huge learning experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    always interesting projects, great people, comfortable working conditions

    Cons

    no problems, everything is thought out here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more documentation is needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    IT organization is terrible

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    Former Employee - IT Operations  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - IT Operations in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Decent pay
    Good gym

    Cons

    IT organization budget has been slashed
    Leadership in the company is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and hire someone to replace you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Work is nice but compensation not !!

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    Current Employee - ASIC/Layout Design Engineer II  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC/Layout Design Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at AMD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work can be very challenging and fun depending on what team you get into
    Very laid back culture across the board and you can have an awesome work-life balance
    Career growth opportunities are ok ok.
    Very good benefits and 401k plan

    Cons

    Compensation could be very challenging
    General image of the company is not that good in the industry and recent layoffs has made it worse
    Usually no difference in bonus/pay hikes between high and average performers
    Lot of good people have left. So only few people are remaining and others are new

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the current plan and focus on execution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Current Work environment and culture

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    Current Employee - SMTS Design Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - SMTS Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge. Allow innovation and new ideas. Projects are very relevant. Work across many sites in Asia, India and North America.

    Cons

    Does not have money to hire and work machines and cad. Teams are stressed with current resources. Have to fight to get needed computing resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When profitable hire more people

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I enjoyed working at AMD

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at AMD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flat organization - managing your own work
    Personal growth - provide trainings

    Cons

    Compensation - on the low side
    Work/Life balance - night calls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good place for your career if you want to learn and ok with frequent organization changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A stress-filled constant-panic circus

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    Former Employee - Senior Physical Design Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Physical Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at AMD as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    AMD is always working on leading-edge designs, other than the fact that thanks to foundry realities, they can't work on the same process node as Intel.
    My contract hourly rate was good, but very limited benefits were available to purchase.
    The coffee was good.

    Cons

    I often found that the tools and flows often didn't work, leading to broken builds of the chip or block. This would happen most when results were most eagerly needed.
    The stress I constantly felt to get results while the tools weren't working was very stifling.
    On top of this, many of my co-workers were very unfriendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Get your tools and flows to work cleanly;
    2. While we have to work hard, encourage weekends and nights off
    3. Try to hire more "balanced" people. American citizens usually are...e

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A struggling company that tries all tricks to make ends meet

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

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This applied to graphics side of the company. They do good work. Leaders in the market. At least some people are good.

    Cons

    Old fashioned company where things are hard to change and Sr people are too far behind in the use of technology. Company goes to any length to save money including not giving any raises and almost breaking job contracts yet doing it in such a way that you can't sue.

    Get the job contracts reviewed by someone experienced or even by an attorney. They often have clauses that will allows them to make compensation look better on paper than they actually are. A lot of people who don't care and know the company won't fire them. If you are manager, and new, hard to survive. Everyone above you will act like they own your group!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better. Don't try to outsmart them in their compensations. Treat them better genuinely.

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

    alright place to work

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

    I worked at AMD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of great engineering staff to work with
    Work can be interesting if you can get in the right department

    Cons

    Salaries are average unless you are in management position.
    AMD strives for average benefits.
    Management doesn't not really want people who think out of the box and question them - just say yes and be quiet.
    Newer management hasn't a clue about what's going on. I think they are just there to collect their parachutes and move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To change the culture of a company you might first try attempting to improve the company instead of blaming your employees for their lack of work and and in attention to the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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