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Good semiconductor technology company to work for, though lacking in culture and recognition.

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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

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

Pros

Not overly agressive product roll-out schedules. Decent compensation package. Work schedule isn't a sweatshop.

Cons

Not enough private and public recognition of employees who make a difference.

Advice to Management

Allow peer reviews of senior management. Provide suggestion boxes for employees to contribute their ideas. Recognize individual superior performers for their contributions.

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    Politics instead of chip making

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Atmel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bay Area's nice weather, really. There are many engineers from design to testing who are really good and passionate at what they do.

    Cons

    Do not have any hope as an engineer. If you are a political activist who lives to tell other people how to do what you yourself never was and will never be able to do yourself, then Atmel is your place. Instead of investing company's cash into the Colorado fab to create American jobs, the executives decide to buy back the company stock with shareholders' money to artificially keep up the stock price so they make more own money selling their stock options. Why would anyone give money to Atmel by buying Atmel stock when Atmel's board decides to use the same money to buy back the same shares?! What value added can come from this speculation?

    Advice to Management

    Chips are not made by mba's. Standard practices include not only personnel reviews and layoff procedures, but also engineering continuing education. Promoting technical innovation is not recognized as a company core value except as a derivative of much broader formulations.


  2. Work around company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Atmel full-time

    Pros

    Laid back work culture, could make you feel sometimes that you are on a vacation :) No hard deadlines in engineering Please manager to stick around or grow :) Good place to retire or join after 50 years of age

    Cons

    Slow or no career growth When issue comes, politics and finger-pointing starts and a work around evolves Poor leadership in some groups (like memory product group, specially in marketing) Too much focus by company on planning, IT and legal groups

    Advice to Management

    Value non-management engineering employees before rewarding heavy stocks and pay to management. Look at growing memory products by change in management


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