AMD Reviews in Texas

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
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Pros
  • Potentially good work/life balance if you don't have too many conference calls in off hours (in 113 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, pretty flexible work hours as long as you deliver on things (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 25 reviews)

  • Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck (in 51 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn, if you enjoy a challenge

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    * Always challenging
    * Many smart people, and almost all of them are willing to teach you what they know
    * Very casual culture, engineers are generally approachable and friendly. Dress code is non-existent.
    * Technical ideas usually succeed on their merit - anyone can offer up a good idea and impact the product, no matter how junior
    * Can-do attitude still exists, despite occasionally getting burned out
    * Generous work from home policy and fairly flexible hours
    * Flexible career path - managers are open and supportive of changing groups if you want to try another job (at least between verif/DFT/RTL/synthesis teams)
    * Lower to mid level management all have engineering backgrounds and are technically competent
    * Mid-to-senior level management has improved substantially on the engineering side - Jim Keller is an engineer's engineer which is great to have at an executive level

    Cons

    * Always challenging
    * Workload can be very heavy at times, and additional compensation is rarely offered. It is easy to burn out and largely your individual responsibility to manage your own workload and say when enough is enough
    * Benefits are standard to sub-standard, have substantially declined during the no/negative-profit period and seem unlikely to improve any time soon, despite profitability
    * Consistent low level attrition (this is maybe to be expected, as Austin has a very active market for chip designers)
    * Cost cutting measures can make you feel like you're getting nickled and dimed to death sometimes
    * It's not always clear what impact your work will make on the company's success until long after the fact. Being highly self-motivated, enjoying a challenge, and being able to ignore high level distractions and just focus on the immediate project are requirements to work happily here - which is fine, as long as you fit that description. If you don't, you may not enjoy it at all.
    * Emotional stability is a requirement here. You have to roll with the punches, including annual layoffs, and not get overly distracted or distraught. The longer you work here, the easier it gets, and management is supportive, so this becomes less of a con over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Make that turnaround happen! Our success or failure is largely your responsibility - define the right projects and develop the right partnerships and the employees will take care of the rest.
    * Continue efforts at increasing clarity and communication. It's helping.
    * Far too many invisible VPs that have minor job descriptions or just manage other VPs. When we're constantly strapped for engineers, being top-heavy is inexcusable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Affairs Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Affairs Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers and progressive work environment. I got to work on a strategic philanthropy campaign and it was a great way to learn about that side of the corporate world. Work/life balance was very positive. Plenty of opportunities to volunteer for charity.

    Cons

    They didn't have a full time position available for me after the internship. Budget was in flux at the time, I'm not sure how it is now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment, staffed by enthusiastic people that don't have the resources or management to succeed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time

    Pros

    Great environment: Limited politics, supportive teammates, reasonable workload, great campus. Interesting product set, with some good technology behind it.

    Cons

    Limited to no resources for entering new markets or expanding existing ones. Senior level management at this time was poor; this may have changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on something and do it well, then expand from there. Resources are required to support new businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    New AMD

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good Pay but don't expect work life balance

    Cons

    Layoffs are a norm and so is doing more work with less people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tools need stabilization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A ship adrift in a collapsing market

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    With the PC market contracting the future doesn't look all that bright. Lots of attrition of top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The dead weight at the top will tip this whole company over

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Generally nice people at director and below. The pay is above market if you can negotiate well. You get a lot of responsibility at your level if you can tolerate the politics

    Cons

    Senior management in marketing is a complete train wreck. Terrible, terrible managers with limited subject matter expertise. Every half-way competent person in marketing is half out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of everyone director and above in marketing and you might have a chance at keeping the people that actually do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Somethings never change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager - Business Partner in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager - Business Partner in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice People with big hearts. Pretty said that the list stops there.

    Cons

    These things never change:
    Bonus payouts are not consistent and typically low
    Layoffs happen alot more at this company. Call it restructuring, I call it losing
    Leadership changes are frequent. If leaders are not performing or staying then why should you
    The promise of a better tomorrow that doesn't come
    Placing bets on yesterday's vision and low margin business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop holding on to the past. Reinvent the company. Cut all the legacy stuff off and innovate a new beginning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stale company, peddling the same business plan from 10 years ago

    Former Employee - SMTS Hardware in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - SMTS Hardware in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Other prisoners on the sinking ship are generally nice and talented. You can do whatever you want to do, as long as it doesn't require a budget.

    Cons

    There are more VPs than engineers, it seems. Too many directors and higher. They even got rid of the engineer-assisting technicians, which is utterly stupid. They need to innovate by creating their own demand in the market. Layoffs accelerating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create internal autonomous start-ups and bet the future on them. Incentivize the staff of each startup with real revenue sharing plan that is rock solid. Make millionaires out of the teams and attract excellent talent when those happy people retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent for those new to the workforce

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was hired as an intern and was immediately placed on a team that helped me transition into the working world. As soon as I grew accustomed to the various software interfaces, I was able to meaningfully contribute to the projects my team was working on. Positions often lead to decent upward and lateral mobility if searching for a different position within the company. Overall the people I worked with were very warm and I had a great time working here.

    Cons

    The cubicle structure of the office lent itself to more of a secluded atmosphere. Otherwise had no problems over the length of my internship term (~3 months).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At times it seemed that teams in different groups were disconnected in working towards a product. While the hierarchical team structure worked well for working within the same department (i.e. SLT Testing etc.), it was sometimes difficult to find the right person when a problem arose in a part of the product from a different team's contribution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good, but illegal?

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, laid back, fun, interesting environment. A lot of knowledgeable employees that for the most part are willing to help you adjust to their environment.

    Cons

    Hourly workers are asked to work overtime, but not paid for that work. The co-op students are treated like they are completely ignorant, and sometimes ignored completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change Co-op students to salary if you aren't going to pay them the hours they work.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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