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Top heavy company, please move this sinking ship to right direction

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Former Employee - Employee
Former Employee - Employee

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

Pros

- Learn lot of cutting edge CPU/GPU knowledge and how to deal with politics.
- Learn and get away unless you are bosom friend of your boss. You will get bulletproof vest exempt from layoff.

Cons

- Very political and nepotism. Hiring and promotion only for their dull and unqualified old buddies. Work hard doesn't mean have chance to get reward or promotion, but reciprocated by layoff.

- Low level developers are undervalued and overworked. Managers and old timers are relax, slow, unproductive and WFH. Perfect work-life balance and fat salary for them. Top notch favoritism. Shameless mouth-blabbering wins over dedicated and skilled hard workers.

- Almost two years turmoil, but it won't stop. Upper management cuts many x86 projects and treats employee like COST and DIRT, middle management only care about their job aggressively throw their resources under the bus to cover their ass. Later on, they have to hire engineers back to run projects. This stupid "AMD routine" never saved cost and defer product launch schedule.

- Now this is a place for mouth-blabbers, smart-talkers and shameless butt-kissers. Not a place for skilled and honest folks to invent exciting products.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Wake-up pal, failed to be credible x86 2nd source, why expect low margin and crowded market ARM to bring tons of thousand cash ? There is no time and cash to bet on risky gamble.

- Clean house incompetent management . Acquired money-losing business makes quarterly report worse.

- Marketable engineers got cut or fled to competitors. There is no ability to compete with their rivals. Only cut x86 projects and massive layoff, no solid and effective turn around plan, it is suicide behavior. This company won't prosper again.

- Invest more in x86 SOC, finding the right talent and investing in customer base.

- Layoff decision should base on skills, not nepotism.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    AMD is very bureaucratic and very depressive company

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

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

    Pros

    very limited future, AMD is very bureaucratic and very depressive company

    Cons

    A lot of problems, no future for young people, no learning, no system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need clean up the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A great place to grow as a marketer

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

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

    Pros

    - Working with amazingly smart people
    - Great products and partners to work with
    - Amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    - Alignment issues and unclear roles and responsibilities caused confusion and duplication of efforts
    - Morale issues due to annual layoffs and budget cuts
    - Lack of direction and follow through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a clear path, execute, and underpromise/overdeliver

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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