AMD Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Not very organized

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - FEINT and DV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - FEINT and DV in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at AMD as an intern (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Great flexible schedule
    - Great people to work with

    Cons

    I was an intern so this might not apply to everyone, but AMD seemed very disorganized. I was part of the team that was disbanded and all the work moved to Shanghai. Afterward, there was a long period of time where I had little to do.

    Advice to Management

    Need to take better care of the interns. Manage needs to be more organized.

  2. Insular and political culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked 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

    Smart people in some engineering positions. Good GPU technology. Good ideas on Heterogenous computing. Open standards for Heterogenous Computing. Reasonable compensation.

    Cons

    Culture rewards over promising - constant sense if you don't say you can deliver you'll be part of the next RIF. Management does not listen when told something is not feasible given available resources. Product delays are common and failure to launch products is causing competitive problems.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to engineers. Be wary of "Dead Sea Syndrome" - talented people are evaporating from company.

  3. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice env to work and wfh

    Cons

    No long term product plans

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  5. A learning experience from big corporate companies.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are incredibly talented people that work day and night for this company, bar none the best and brightest in the world. I've learned so much about how things work in a big corporate office setting that I'll take with me throughout my career. Also, the intramural sports leagues seem like fun, and the on-site gym is kept very well!

    Cons

    Not much really, but I would say that I as well as many other former employees felt the squeeze of the new CEO. The cost cutting was absolutely hurting our morale, not just in the department but the whole company. Then the eventual rounds of annual layoffs occured. Maybe it's more fun to work in the consumer products side than the workstation/professional side.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously, find the sweet spots and execute. If you play like Intel within, you will lose to Intel out there. Also, find technologies that are in demand and will gain serious traction before even whispering a word about it to the public. Keep your promises.

  6. poor life/work balance

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

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

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

    Pros

    good pay, good benefit, good work environment

    Cons

    no life, work balance at all

    Advice to Management

    no

  7. Learning, good/bad/ugly

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

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

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

    Pros

    There were some very smart people to work with and learn from when i started at AMD

    Cons

    All the good people left and we started hiring big names who came there because they did something in their previous job. Gave them large salaries, big positions and took all motivation away from them to work and prove something anymore ..

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring names and look for people who are motivated to build something instead of hiring people who want to tell people what to build ..

  8. Good starting company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    you do get to see a lot of different part of the design
    you have a lot of freedom to try different things one you have proved yourself
    most of the engineers are awesome

    Cons

    management is not really on top of their game; many miss steps over the last 5-6 years

  9. enjoyed the work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * there are many knowledgeable engineers to learn from, nice to work with
    * get to expose to wider technical area than some competitors
    * typically flexible work schedules
    * proud to be one of the very few companies to design everyday and high end CPUs

    Cons

    * not paying well at least for recent years (the company is in bad shape financially)
    * medical benefit so so

    Advice to Management

    better rewards to employees.

  10. Finally turning around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Opportunity to work on cutting edge technology.
    - Very knowledgable co-workers.
    -Well managed projects.
    -Company finally turning around and focusing on execution.

    Cons

    -Cash position not very good for turnaround.
    - Too many layoffs in the past two years.

  11. Good Company for senior level people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work/life balance
    Good Work culture
    Competitive Salary
    Young engineers may not learn well rounded skills

    Cons

    Work not so challenging and repetitive
    Hard to move up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be proactive and make good decisions. They should stop the company going into this constant up and down cycles. They need to communicate better with the employees about the direction the company is going in and the roadmap.

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