Atmel
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www.atmel.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

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Politics instead of chip making

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Atmel full-time for more than 10 years

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

ConsDo 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 Senior ManagementChips 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
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… Cons: Slow or no career growth When issue comes, politics and finger-pointing starts and a work around evolves Poor leadership in… Advice to Senior Management: Value non-management engineering employees before rewarding heavy stocks and pay… More

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Overall friendly work environment, but serious lack of communication.

Contractor (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Atmel


Pros: Atmel is a friendly place to work. Good hours, easy… Cons: The SAP system is poorly maintained. Most of the system is custom which is normally fine but there is no understanding by associates as… Advice to Senior Management: They need to understand what they have on the system… More

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