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Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close to many restaurants for lunch. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Saw literally thousands of layoffs over 3 year span.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Spent many years there and was given plenty of opportunity to work my way up. I was always given leeway to govern as I saw fit.

    Cons

    The company can't see to stay on target.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the goals and stop being distracted by shiny things.


  3. Gone are the good days...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good benefits. Good technology.

    Cons

    Hard to see how the current product plan will help the company grow and expand. Hard to understand the moves that management makes and how they justify the way they do things.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a more transparent in they way the company is run. Better communication to those that work there.


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  5. AMD Sinking Ship

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager 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

    Company has great technology and people. They are the only company that has both x86 and high end graphics.

    Cons

    Very confused on their product roadmaps. We have now gone full circle back to the company strategy that the CEO in 2010 was let go for. They are understaffed to be effective in getting products to the market and financially in a very difficult position.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the roadmap and focus on what AMD is good at. Stop trying to find other companies like Sea Micro that divert resources from our real focus.


  6. Fun and Challening but Unstable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The work is fun and challenging. In the product development field we work to ensure designs can be manufactured and productized reliably and cost effectively.

    Cons

    The company has had many up's and downs. High amounts of middle management which makes product direction and policy difficult at times. At time of writing most engineers are overworked due to company wide attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on sound decision making and listen to your engineering teams. Happy engineers are productive engineers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Opportunities and Instability

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    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1. AMD offers some very interesting work. Between ARM cores, x86 cores, and high-end graphics, AMD offers a variety of cutting-edge work that no other company can match. I have always been completely satisfied and stimulated with the work I have been given here. 2. AMD is willing to give young engineers a great deal of responsibility, so one can grow quickly as an engineer here. This is a place where you feel that you can really make a difference. 3. Although I think AMD's talent has degraded somewhat over recent years, there are still many talented and passionate engineers here from whom one can learn a great deal. 4. The AMD executive team is fairly strong. Lisa Su in particular is exceedingly bright and well respected. 5. AMD has all of the pieces in place to be a very successful company. With a lucky break here or there, it could become a very profitable company. 6. AMD has an underdog culture that appeals to many.

    Cons

    1. AMD has been struggling mightily financially for about a decade now. There are frequent lay-offs and constant restructurings. This is not the place to work if stability is your primary desire in a job. 2. Although AMD's pay and benefits are competitive, the company seldom makes money and thus generally doesn't pay out much in the way of bonuses or RSUs. Other companies can afford to be more generous here. 3. AMD is contractually obligated to work with GlobalFoundaries, which has serious execution challenges that adversely impact AMD. It is frustrating to work so hard on a chip only to have the FAB not execute on it. 4. AMD's teams are generally understaffed, so it is sometimes a challenge to maintain a good work/life balance. My balance is fine now, but it has been very poor on occasion. 5. The design teams are very global. You'll probably find yourself on many late-night calls with China and India.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to get access to quality cutting-edge process technology on a consistent basis. The roadmap is only as good at the FAB building the products.


  8. Interesting job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD

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

    Pros

    Smart people...flexible hours...good environment...nice location

    Cons

    Pay and benefits could be better..

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries...provide better benefits


  9. Love job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD

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

    Pros

    Great culture and great CEO.

    Cons

    Not many promotions. Lot of layoffs.


  10. senior design engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunities, very talented coworkers, management with passion for success

    Cons

    Extended work hours was common. No overtime for salaried staff.


  11. AMD has one more shot...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time

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

    Pros

    Engineering teams are always trying to do their best despite the internal politics, budget challenges, many layoffs, and cancelled/unsuccessful products. It's admirable.

    Cons

    the old AMD (3-4 years ago) was successful because of it's great engineering talent and the sheer strength of will and pride the teams took in solving problems together to make things happen. Things got done because terrific people made it happen. Unfortunately, due to the decline in the PC market, and difficulty in implementing the strategy to grow in other segments, continual layoffs have drained the company of many of it's top engineers and fantastic "boots on the ground" managers, while insulating much of it's "behind the front lines" senior management, who continue to jockey for position/power/salary. Senior managers are able to get promoted by showing that they are aggressive in their goals and being able to beat up engineering and other teams, despite not having good decisions and strategy based on logic and analysis. Somehow showing aggressiveness and a willingness to "punish" others and teams who don't deliver, you are seen as good management material vs. actually having innovative ideas and fostering collaboration and growth and driving mutual success. It's sort of an old school way of thinking and doing business...where it's best to do what your told and not challenge those above you, and prove your worth/loyalty by making those below you do what your boss wants. Corporate culture keeps asking for engineers/teams to speak up, ask questions, come up with more ideas...while the real, internal culture silently tells you, you better stay quiet and just do what you're told. It's like the executive team read about what does Google look like, and then focused on AMD "looking" like that too, without actually changing the culture from within...just merely trying to look like that from the outside. AMD reminds me of a place, where perhaps a 100 years ago, kerosene managers were fighting to climb the corporate ladder at their company, after Edison invented the lightbulb. They were so focused on their own self interest and their political positions internally, that they lost sight of the real danger, and eventually became extinct. For AMD there's not much time given the cash balance and burn rate, and the increased competition who have much larger budgets and engineering talent.

    Advice to Management

    AMD has just enough cash to come up with one more potential homerun product before their balance sheet catches up with them in 2018-2019. That may be just enough to be able to refinance the $500M+ debt due in 2019 and additional in 2020. But if that's not possible, bankruptcy is definitely a high possibility. At present, AMD needs to put extreme focus and priority to keep current/top products profitable w/out deteriorating engineering talent/focus any further. They also need to increase and promote genuine collaboration and reward those who seek mutual success vs. those who are able to get ahead by making others look worse.



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