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    Co-op engineer Platform emulation team Austin TX

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    Former Intern - Co-Op Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Co-Op Design Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    It was an amazing learning experience. My team was supportive and nurturing. I gained a lot of first hand experience in ASIC based emulation. Best team and manager ever

    Cons

    For an intern no con's. A great first experience in the industry. Work load is a bit rigorous but totally enjoyable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more college grads

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    work with a lot of talented and smart guys, the peer relationship is very good. Managers are nice. Can touch the cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    a lot of re-org recent couple of years... team is short staffed, and need to work over time. Not every day, but maybe around 5 months out of 1 year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Engineering

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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)

    Pros

    Great engineering team.
    The company is not too large, so there are many opportunities for broadening your horizon.
    Decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation has not kept up with industry peers. The low stock price makes stock awards look small.
    The company has recovered from the hole it was in two years ago but it still has a long way to go before it is truly financially stable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Technical position at AMD

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    AMD has lots of freedom on work schedules.

    Cons

    Organization and product lines are in a little bit of a transition period now/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More direction for current long term employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Development Engineer in 2014

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    Current Employee - SMTS Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - SMTS Design Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent engineer staff and cooperative environment

    Cons

    Unhealthy business, bad bonuses as a result. No job stability. Super efforts are the expectation and are undervalued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When building new businesses, talk to the employees instead of just giving them a new assignment and assuming they'll like it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Co-op Intern

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    Former Intern - Co-Op Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Co-Op Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good people - very good environment, probably one of the best company for electrical people.

    Cons

    As I was in software division, there was not enough learning, you have to do everything by yourself.

    No code reviews, no testing..

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to develop your skills by being given responsibility

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    AMD will give you responsibility and expect you to perform. This is a great way to gain true growth and improvement in your skills - a good school in that sense. Also, AMD has a culture of developing really good products from the ground up. They do this by thinking out of the box, which results in new technologies or better ways of delivering solutions. Great research, engineering and product development teams.

    Cons

    AMD has always relied on layoffs to control their OPEX. When times are good, the company shares its success with employees, which is great. But when times are bad, they wont hesitate to cut employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of the long term effects that layoffs can have on your reputation as an employer. Find other means to control expenses and maintain a stable work force, even in growth cycles. Especially in sluggish economic times, people value stability. Don't ever lose focus on the importance of keeping your products on the leading edge.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn, if you enjoy a challenge

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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)

    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    So much potential, but where are the visionary leaders?

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Despite all the engineering/technical talent that has left in the past several years (mostly by choice, although layoffs have been devastating to morale as well as productivity), there are still some pretty sharp people around who want to do amazing things and might actually know how if given a chance and some breaks.

    Cons

    Despite their many years of experience, none of the most senior leaders has experience in a role similar to what they are currently in, none has been faced with the internal and external challenges facing AMD, most do not really understand the semiconductor industry or the markets AMD is targeting, and sadly, none really have the support of the employee population anymore (that started evaporating almost two years ago).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Probably can't replace senior leaders at this point as few really experienced leaders would want to come to AMD. That means the ones we have better get much smarter and skillful much quicker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    Former Intern - Community Affairs Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Community Affairs Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at AMD as an intern (less than a 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

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