AMD Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. a lot of workload due to recent layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX

    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

    flexible working hours.
    they dont micro manage as long as you deliver

    Cons

    workforce are spread too thin

    Advice to Management

    too many people in upper management. lots of VPs to something. lots of senior managers to some role.

  2. Lots of great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are hardworking, smart people that work well together. There is a mentality of lending a hand vs. being hands off.

    Cons

    The promotions and raises are few and far between. You have to leave the company and come back to get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and provide raises

  3. Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great colleagues

    Cons

    Health insurance could be better

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  5. Big name, good products and good benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - House Wife in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - House Wife in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Stability, friendly, caring, safety and equality.

    Cons

    Ordinary environment, not clean enough and dark.

    Advice to Management

    Increase stability.

    Improve environment.

    Hire more people to replace the retirees.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Cost-cutting has driven away many strong contributors

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

    I have been working 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

    In the early-to-mid 2000s, market conditions enabled the company to retain multiple strong design teams. Innovation was encouraged, for example, by awarding bonuses for patents. The sabbatical program was generous: 8 weeks paid vacation after every 7 years. Work-life balance is good, except for the inevitable need for late night meetings due to design teams spread over multiple time zones.

    Cons

    Many good employees left after taking their final sabbatical when management ended the program in the early 2010s. Cost-cutting, in the form of regular layoffs, forced many of the best engineers out. Getting communication from design teams halfway across the world became more difficult. The fundamental problem is that the traditional market -- CPU/GPU for desktop and laptop machines -- isn't growing fast enough.

    Advice to Management

    Reinstate the sabbatical to encourage a long-term commitment from employees. Get some design wins in fast-growing markets. If necessary, buy or develop the capability to produce an AMD-branded tablet or smartphone; don't worry about possible cannibalization of the OEM market. It's better to control your own destiny!

  7. Helpful (1)

    A once shining light slowly fading due to ineffective leadership and poor decision making.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Struggling company whose transition plan didn't pan out

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Good pay and benefits, bad environment

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

    I worked 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

    Beautiful campus, good pay, engineers are passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Senior leaders (director and above) cannot make a decision without agreement from everyone; Nothkng gets done. Culture of blame and fear. Promotion is near impossible, so many titles and job responsibilities are not aligned.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your errors, don't punish people for making a mistake, be respectful of your employees.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people, revolving door of disjointed management who don't like to hear the truth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Work with great people and on interesting products

    Cons

    Constant downsizing, very low morale and uncertain future. "The beatings will continue until morale improves" philosophy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and make the company fit the true opportunity. Stop drinking your own cool-aid.

  11. Could be better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - very flexible working time,
    - laid-back and casual work place,
    - nice building,
    - gym, restaurant,
    - nice people

    Cons

    - lack of experienced software engineers - geeks,
    - a lot of arrogate people,
    - time pressure,
    - management not technical with lack of basic knowledge from industry stand point,
    - hardware very poor, computers used to work on were old and slow,

    Advice to Management

    Think wider

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