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Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. **WARNING!! DO NOT GO THERE UNLESS YOU ARE COMFORTABLE OF HEARING LAY OFF ALL THE TIME! THEY HAVE LOTS OF LAY-OFFS**

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    They have free unlimited coffee inside the campus, that's all I can say.

    Cons

    Ever since I joined, I have seen lots of laid-off. Last year they laid off 7% of the work-force which is 1200 people. They laid off 3000 people in the year 2012, company is not stable. Management have no clue and I have seen them browsing youtube, etc. After I left this company, there were another big round of laid-off. They even laid off their CIO and CTO recently. I have not learned anything as there were no work in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people until your company become very stable


  2. Great exposure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AMD

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

    Pros

    working environment, peers, products, community

    Cons

    market competition, product portfolio, revenue achievement, asian presence

    Advice to Management

    Focus on sales


  3. Overall it's not a bad experience working for AMD.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of technical disscusion and meetings.

    Cons

    The culture is not good for fresh graduate or junior.

    Advice to Management

    Didn't care about the engineers at all.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Recent trends are very concerning

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

    My favorite part about working at AMD is the people I get to work with on a daily basis. The folks on my team are amazing, smart, and dedicated individuals who care about their work and want the company to succeed. Work-life balance is fantastic.

    Cons

    Over the last 3 to 5 years, I feel that interactions between organizations at AMD have have become much more confrontational. I have noticed much more finger pointing and failure to take responsibility. It's very likely that this change has been caused by resources being stretched too thin.

    There is a strong push from upper management to transfer more responsibilities to pre-silicon teams, but those teams have so far been unable to deliver on their commitments in order to enable post-silicon teams to be successful.

    The trend appears to be to move jobs overseas to lesser-skilled workers in India and Asia. My team has been tasked with training a set of employees in India. I suspect I will be let go later this year.

    Advice to Management

    Product roadmaps must be stabilized and cannot be allowed to change as often as they have been.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Perennially circling the drain

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

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

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

    Pros

    Offers a laid-back office environment.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs get depressing. It feels like there's just a skeleton crew left at this point

    Advice to Management

    AMD should probably bite the bullet and sell out to Samsung.


  7. a lot of workload due to recent layoffs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Lots of great people

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


  9. Good company to work for

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


  10. Big name, good products and good benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Cost-cutting has driven away many strong contributors

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!



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