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Hire and Fire mindset

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Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer  in  Boxborough, MA
Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA

I worked at AMD full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Some very talented and intelligent engineers that were great to work with

Cons

Management completely screwed up with constant thrashing of projects and no clear direction that they are taking the company, if they continue this way they will not survive.
Hire and fire mindset, fire employees to make the financials look good then months later hiring again. Very shady, I know of a woman that was on maternity leave and was laid off.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Come up with a concrete plan/direction and stick to it.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Lack of leadership and management at the Director level and below.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good, smart, hard working people
    Nice facility

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    Lack of management
    Lack of team building
    Too many levels of management
    Too many exec managers/directors building kingdoms
    Lack of business process and too much tribal knowledge running the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like the CEO and want to believe that he is taking the company in the right direction.
    -Management needs to focus on their people and realize that the people are their number one asset. A managers job is to create the right environment for their people to succeed. This includes providing the value, direction, leadership, coaching, training, tools, improvements and a genuine dedication for their team. It's not about the manager succeeding it's about the team succeeding at all levels.
    -Focus on execution and the leadership at the working level. Good people will do good things with the right direction and leadership.
    -Align the product development with an achievable business cycle. Get started earlier if needed.
    -Focus on completing a high quality tape out on time. In other words don't push the risk later in development. Pushing risk later in development is like landing a plane at the far end of the runway, it's not a good outcome.
    -Here is a quote from a very talented and hard working engineer. " We worked very hard and still did not make any money. Apple made HUGE money and I know they did not work as hard as we did." Good people want to contribute and make an impact but will eventually get burned out. AMD has good people don't burn them out, show them your support.
    -I'm still a stock holder and want to see the company succeed in a big way and not just for me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Software Development Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Past-pace projects and culture; Nice and knowledgeable colleagues who is willing to help when you have questions/need help.

    Cons

    Company seems lack direction; not strong marketing; seems to be in reaction mode to whatever Intel is doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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