Atmel Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
109 Reviews
2.6
109 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • very good company from learning point of view with great work life balance (in 9 reviews)

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


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

  • The upper management levels treat everyone beneath them as slightly unintelligent, unworthy peons (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Test Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer
    Former Employee - Test Engineer

    I worked at Atmel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Friendly place to work. Balance work/life environment, Small company environment where red tape are minimum and can get things done quickly and effectively. Cost of operation is low.

    Cons

    Fab lite and business cycles cause a lot of employees to look for jobs elsewhere. Top heavy management model may not be a right management model for the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A royal talent employee may not be easy to come by

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

    Not going anywhere

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    pay is good if you are on a compressed shift.

    Cons

    Lack of guidance, Corporate does not support the facility, Lack of communication. unreal expectations. If yo umove up the ladder, your pay goes down???

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get involved more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Atmel Response

    Dec 2, 2013hr

    We sure hope that you can feel comfortable enough to come and talk to the HR department about your concern, especially on the pay issue. We believe in compensating our people fairly and consistently ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow moving, indecisive company, few opportunities for advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atmel

    Pros

    touch technology is good, have acquired some good technology

    Cons

    micromanagement, company slow to make decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower people

    Atmel Response

    Dec 2, 2013hr

    Thank you. We totally agree that we should continue to empower people to grow and win.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seen better days...much better...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Generous time off allowances. Some great people at multiple sites.

    Cons

    Poor culture, poor 401k, poor executive leadership, poor corporate vision. The company has reached a new low in terms of 'trust'. Widespread dismay with the way the company is being run, even if viewed only from a company performance perspective. Company seems to have lost its identity and ability to succeed in it's stated areas of expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management does not invest in the human resource. Not in terms of time, or reward. The company seems to have become a turnstile for executives from outside, to come in, toss a few changes into the mix, collect a few mil in stock and compensation(or more) and leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Atmel Response

    Dec 2, 2013hr

    We have made some significant changes in the past year to allow the company to hit its growth goals with the right executive talent. However, we do understand that it takes time to build trust. We ... More

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    lack of direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    nice campus; nice parking garage; coworkers are friendly

    Cons

    micro management; need more autonomy ; most workers seem undriven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Well Managed, Well Positioned Company

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    Current Employee - ASIC Design Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Management is focused, having in recent years reduced its number of different pursuits while building upon those which Atmel is most competitive in. Quarterly all-hands meetings allow everyone to see and understand management's intentions in the marketplace, and those intentions appear well-founded to me.

    Cons

    About a year ago we moved into a nice, new building, but with 8 stories (whereas the old building had only 2), one no longer runs into many peers, unless specificially seeking them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work; the worldwide recession is easing, and I'm convinced that we're in for many strong years, ahead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Progress

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    There is more and more traction in employee engagement and management is trying hard to connect with employees through programs and activities. Have seen good changes with Sr. management being more open and more communications happening. This company has potential, and should be able to grasp it.

    Cons

    Investments need to be made in infratsructure and process. Yes, it is hard work, and long hours, but it is an environment with hardly any politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grasp the opportunity. Keep up the work and keep communicating to and with employees. It might be good to give employees more opportunities to give feedback (surveys, suggestion boxes)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not Worth It

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    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Atmel as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting technology company, good location in downtown San Jose

    Cons

    Poor leadership, no mentoring, little career development, very strict access to company information (even to employees who are trying to learn and grow)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don’t like your job then go somewhere else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Application Engineer

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Advanced products. The touch and microcontroller business continue to grow.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement provided by the company.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very political company that is heavily micro-managed

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    They pay well
    Get to work with smart people
    Great new office in Skyport Plaza

    Cons

    Very political with different company locations put their location 1st instead of what is best for the company 1st
    Management is in-decisive and commonly flips priorities back-and-forth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a clear direction and hold to it
    Take the lead to remove the geographical politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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