Atmel Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
110 Reviews
2.7
110 Reviews
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Atmel President and CEO Steve Laub
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73 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance, terrific colleagues, great products, nice facility in San Jose (in 12 reviews)

  • Good people and an easy going working environment (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management levels treat everyone beneath them as slightly unintelligent, unworthy peons (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor progression for employees except maybe at senior management level (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A company with great potential

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many interesting growth segments in microcontrollers including IoT

    Cons

    Struggling to streamline and be more efficient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sound strategic decisions instead of short term band-aids

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, interesting products, business fits and starts.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, terrific colleagues, great products, nice facility in San Jose.

    Cons

    Business takes two steps forward and one step back; frustrating design losses and absence of follow through on business development; stock price has never recovered from its high in 2011.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more flexibility for telecommuting, especially for employees with longer commutes. Professionals should be given more leeway in managing their schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for! Great benefits, nice co-workers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer  in  Deerfield Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Deerfield Beach, FL

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work load is great, able to work from home. Time management is second nature, so this works great for me.

    Cons

    Management is difficult to understand. We spend way too much time dealing with the bonus plan which is tied to performance review, which requires reviewing huge spreadsheets looking for completed sales tied to sales efforts. I'm not a salesman, I'm an engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the bonus plan so that we don't need to data mine huge spreadsheets every quarter by fixing the backend systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent company but there are better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People and work life balance. Allows for work remotely option.

    Cons

    systems and processes are not quite up to par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive in your compensation (total compensation)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good products, but processes are weak. So important items fall through the cracks or are delayed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer

    I worked at Atmel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    40 to 50 hour week

    Cons

    Sick leave is part of PTO.
    Training is hard to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate through appreciation.
    Don't juggle engineers between projects so much, including laying off and re-hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Room to grow within firm

    Cons

    Office culture is slow pace

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Needs identity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atmel

    Pros

    - Very nice people to work with in the company
    - Not very aggressive schedule. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    - Lot of changes in direction.
    - Trying to survive in cut throat semi business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Try to layout long term RnD plan and back in house talent.

  9.  

    Company trying to grow to next level. In process of establishing basic foundation for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of room for improvement.

    Cons

    Very difficult to make sustainable changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Can't learn more in this company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Planner  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Planner in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Atmel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people and an easy going working environment

    Cons

    Too many changes in a short time period

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Top Heavy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atmel

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Met some really great people.

    Cons

    Leadership. There is none. Top heavy and workers are under appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on yourself and start contributing and recognizing the people invest in the time to make your company better...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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