American Megatrends
3.1 of 5 32 reviews
www.ami.com Norcross, GA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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78% Approve of the CEO

American Megatrends President and CEO Subramonian Shankar

Subramonian Shankar

(18 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good Place to Start Your Career

BIOS Engineer (Current Employee)
Norcross, GA

I have been working at American Megatrends full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDress is whatever you want (Flip-flops are OK).
Good benefits if single
Learn hardware and chipsets
Privately owned

ConsPay
Privately owned
Some workstation PCs are behind the times
Lack of hardware debuggers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good people...not much growth opportunity...sub-standard pay scale. Poor planning/authority structures.

Engineer (Current Employee)
Norcross, GA

I have been working at American Megatrends full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPeople are very good for the most part and reasonable about work/life balance issues. Some of the nicest people I've ever worked with. I hate to say easygoing but under most circumstances it applies. parking is okay. Bonuses are minimal but fairly consistent. most managers are nice guys and don't make your life hell...most.

Conssub-standard pay rates for the industry. poor management communication sometimes. only top level management staff can make simple (<$100) purchasing decisions. not a great location and certainly not modern, no 'amenities' to really speak of...small breakroom and no cafeteria. no training provided to speak of. Raises are cost of living only, not merit based. really improving yourself is not encouraged...."get the work done and make the customer happy" is the only mantra here. does not seem that much planning gets done, only fighting issues.

Advice to Senior Managementup the pay about 10-15% to meet the modern averages for the kind of work done. get some attractive amenities; cafe, ping pong, pool table, anything. Modernize the work spaces a bit. basically, reinvest in the people and work environment. don't just do the minimum. how do you expect anyone who works for you to be enthusiastic about you, if you not enthusiastic about them? step into the 90's. (it's 2014)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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healthy atmos to learn new things, friendly people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at American Megatrends

ProsGood to learn low level programming, pc arch

ConsNot much growth as an engineer

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Good potential, lots of learning opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at American Megatrends

ProsGood potential, lots of learning opportunities

Conslack of long term strategy, lack of coordination between teams

Advice to Senior Managementstrategy, products goals needs to be communicated clearly

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Small and efficient with little red tape and politics compared to larger companies

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at American Megatrends

Pros- Job security
- Some other companies may pay a little more but you will deal with more red tape and politics

Cons- No stock options (not public)

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Micromanaged, boredom, with inappropriate and crass management

Cube (Former Employee)
Norcross, GA

I worked at American Megatrends full-time for less than a year

ProsGood money and benefits. That's it.

ConsManagement in certain departments are extremely inappropriate, rude, and very "DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO." Also, if a family member has been rushed to the hospital in critical condition, make sure you schedule that early departure in advance cause you obviously know it's coming or you get in trouble. That is just an example of how micromanaged it is. Some of the statements from management are really childish and usually very ignorant, but mostly unexpected from someone in that position so it makes the work environment tense and uncomfortable. Oh and complete lack of career growth or potential. You move once and that's it, plus you don't learn anything to improve your career or add to it. It's just busy work chained to your desk with some close minded manager talking over you and interrupting. Great starting off point, but NOT worth the stay. Oh ALSO they agree to commission structures then the CEO just changes his mind and Management drags their feet on working it out. And they may stiff you, especially if you leave on your terms.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire the right people to manage people. Just cause they have been somewhere a long time, and don't fit anywhere else, throwing them into management creates a serious problem. If the situation continues people won't stay with the company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good environment except the manager

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Norcross, GA

I worked at American Megatrends full-time for more than 5 years

Pros1. Pay is average. Not high but not low either
2. Project schedule is not intensive. Only occasionally overtime
3. Learn new technologies (Utility Group)
4. Culture specified, you feel warmth if you're from India
5. Company president is nice

Cons1. Prepare to get scold, scream daily from the group manager, sometimes without an evident reason
2. Not possible to get career promotion
3. The company takes the slowest procedure on immigration. You will stuck here for many years.

I would have stayed in the company if the manager treats team members nicer or at least, just like a regular manager in most companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementAsk your group managers be nicer and treat team members like colleagues, not slaves

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Innovative company

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at American Megatrends full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSmall focused teams
Highly talented workforce

ConsCompensation not up to par
Even minor thing heavily controlled by the President of the compnay

Advice to Senior ManagementExpand to more markets and technologies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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beginners work place

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at American Megatrends

Prosgood company to work with

Conshierarchy level is low. could make it better

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mixed feelings

Junior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Norcross, GA

I worked at American Megatrends

ProsSome departments have very good managers who are supportive
Most coworkers are friendly
You can get exposure to a lot of different technologies

ConsPay is low compared to similar positions at other companies
Some managers are downright obnoxious to work with
Advancement opportunities are virtually nonexistent
Pay raises are very small 1-2%

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salary and raises
Listen to your junior employees, if a specific department has a very high turnover rate, there is a good reason for that

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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