Atmel Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Good Work life balance you have all the time to achieve your personal commitments and goals (in 13 reviews)

  • Easy jobs, relax 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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  1. Atmel Review

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Atmel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people, team players, not micro-managed.

    Cons

    Depending on your position you may work lots of hours.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Senior Financial Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Atmel (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with.

    Cons

    Work only culture, no fun. Company doesn't care about work life balance. People don't have a sense of urgency for deadlines. a lot of politics


  3. Helpful (2)

    Atmel Cheats In "Release and Agreement"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Atmel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Atmel Corporation has a lot of market oriented product lines.

    Cons

    Atmel Corporation gave 2 different copies for employees to sign Release And Agreement during Exit Interview. The 1st copy for employees to review and sign. The 2nd copy for employees to sign and keep. The 1st copy stated that employees will have several months additional pay plus several months Cobra coverage. Most employees would not read the 2nd copy because they were told, "These 2 copies are the same." I swapped the papers because the 2nd copy stated 2 weeks additional pay only. Atmel Corporation is such a sneaky employer, especially under Perlegos management.

    Advice to Management

    Do NOT cheat any ex-employee. Pay them back what they are entitled.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Company floundering, lousy CEO

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atmel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has some good products but does not know how to make money like some of its competitors.

    Cons

    The company is floundering from a strategic standpoint. They have a major strategic change every 2 to 3 years, so it goes around in circles without making much financial progress. The revenue has been declining for several years. The company makes a fraction of the profits that its competitors do.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO or merge with another successful semiconductor company.


  6. Helpful (2)

    High turnover

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Place to learn and explore Employees are friendly in general Nice building

    Cons

    Turn over is very high which makes working here very tough. Also, employees are overloaded with projects in addition to their routine work. Hard to keep employees. Overall pay is low in comparison to current job market.

    Advice to Management

    Put aside favoritism and take good care of employees. Give employees fair amount of work and not overload them. Provide training to employees in particular new hires to help them get up to speed.


  7. Good products / Bread crumb wages

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product base and technology, nice teams of people to work with.

    Cons

    Lowest salaries in silicon valley (except the CEO and a few top execs).

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth to keep employees!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Application Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to explore as this company is trying to do a lot of things,

    Cons

    Very heavy on top management and please have less meetings and reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Expand engineering ground level with experience from competitive industries and not just freshers. Experience bring flavor to engineering which when combined with fresh blood works great.


  9. Helpful (8)

    A company with low morale, lack of processes, and weak system infrastructure

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atmel full-time

    Pros

    Up to industry standard with vacation hours and 401K. Has VPN access to work remotely if need to.

    Cons

    Very much top-heavy with VPs and Directors. Few individuals on the Management team treat their subordinates with lack of respect and unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the people who get the work done for you by being good mentors (not tyrants). There is no excuse and justifications for management to be "in-your-face" with their people and using profanity. You'll get better support from employees if you treat them as human beings.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Okay to stay but not much career growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operation in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Operation in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location and building including indoor garage Co-workers (not VPs) friendly , work and life balance are good.

    Cons

    Salary can be very different per each of employee However they don't give you 10 % more salary based on your W-2 whatever your salary is in marget average or below. No cafeteria. There is no clear career path & promotion & no training chances. Even for promotion, it's really depends on VP's mind regardless of any performance history.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Marketing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atmel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People you work with are very nice and professional.

    Cons

    Management doesn't appreciate employees.



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