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Great engineering team. Need better management.

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Current Employee - Design Engineer II
Current Employee - Design Engineer II

I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Really talented group of engineers. Can attack any problem head-on and will come up neat solutions.

Cons

Unrealistic schedule with not enough background analysis of the requirements/features has led to chaotic project execution and sub-optimal design. This impacted work/life balance very negatively.

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  1. I enjoyed working at AMD

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flat organization - managing your own work Personal growth - provide trainings

    Cons

    Compensation - on the low side Work/Life balance - night calls

    Advice to Management

    good place for your career if you want to learn and ok with frequent organization changes


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    Great place to learn, if you enjoy a challenge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Always challenging * Many smart people, and almost all of them are willing to teach you what they know * Very casual culture, engineers are generally approachable and friendly. Dress code is non-existent. * Technical ideas usually succeed on their merit - anyone can offer up a good idea and impact the product, no matter how junior * Can-do attitude still exists, despite occasionally getting burned out * Generous work from home policy and fairly flexible hours * Flexible career path - managers are open and supportive of changing groups if you want to try another job (at least between verif/DFT/RTL/synthesis teams) * Lower to mid level management all have engineering backgrounds and are technically competent * Mid-to-senior level management has improved substantially on the engineering side - Jim Keller is an engineer's engineer which is great to have at an executive level

    Cons

    * Always challenging * Workload can be very heavy at times, and additional compensation is rarely offered. It is easy to burn out and largely your individual responsibility to manage your own workload and say when enough is enough * Benefits are standard to sub-standard, have substantially declined during the no/negative-profit period and seem unlikely to improve any time soon, despite profitability * Consistent low level attrition (this is maybe to be expected, as Austin has a very active market for chip designers) * Cost cutting measures can make you feel like you're getting nickled and dimed to death sometimes * It's not always clear what impact your work will make on the company's success until long after the fact. Being highly self-motivated, enjoying a challenge, and being able to ignore high level distractions and just focus on the immediate project are requirements to work happily here - which is fine, as long as you fit that description. If you don't, you may not enjoy it at all. * Emotional stability is a requirement here. You have to roll with the punches, including annual layoffs, and not get overly distracted or distraught. The longer you work here, the easier it gets, and management is supportive, so this becomes less of a con over time.

    Advice to Management

    * Make that turnaround happen! Our success or failure is largely your responsibility - define the right projects and develop the right partnerships and the employees will take care of the rest. * Continue efforts at increasing clarity and communication. It's helping. * Far too many invisible VPs that have minor job descriptions or just manage other VPs. When we're constantly strapped for engineers, being top-heavy is inexcusable.


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