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Spansion Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
106 Reviews

2.7
106 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also, there was a good work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The employees seem to have diminishing faith and confidence in the company because of numerous lay-offs (in 5 reviews)

  • no benefits, no bonus, conventional (no WFHs), longer promotion cycle, not willing to take risks at all, random shutdowns (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Collaborative coworkers, good pay, reasonable expectations, excellent manager. I am allowed to do my job without much meddling from others. There is a high level of trust. Likewise, I trust my managers to do what's right.

    Cons

    Honestly, not much. I have held a number of jobs in this industry. I guess the only thing I can say is less than stellar HR, seems like it's outsourced, but the limited contact I have with HR, this is no big deal. We no longer have mandated time off and that's good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus on what we do well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer

    Pros

    Great place to relax. Good culture. Not work pressure

    Cons

    Did get much from working there...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It is ok company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Peoples working here are friendly

    Cons

    there are many changes in last several years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic for very many years but too many layoffs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Module Shift Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Module Shift Manager in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are. Mature systems in a mature fab and everything is in full production mode. Lots of very intelligent, creative engineering talent here. Everybody there knows their job and do it exceptionally well. CEO did a remarkable job post bankruptcy especially keeping the company profitable.

    Cons

    Echo what somebody else said about little to no opportunities for growth in management specifically. Every upper level manager has been there for several years making it difficult for anybody to take those positions. Aging work force although not sure if that's a bad thing. Bonuses were an interesting exercise in futility. There didn't seem to be much visibility to what exactly needed to be done to get them. Forced distribution for employee ranking (quarterly and annually), while a common thing for most companies, didn't make much sense for a company that already had an extremely lean work force. They've gutted so many employees that most of the "low performers" were really average performers that just got screwed by the idea that a company has to have 10-15% of the employees be ranked into the lowest performance tier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the forced distribution. There's not much point in gutting the company any more. Bring in and mentor younger talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you can make your manager happy, you get promoted quickly and paid well.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    People are very nice here.
    Pay is good for Sr. level and above.

    Cons

    Stressful, no work life balance. A lot of politics. CEO seems don't care about his employees, too many cuts. High turn-over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are the most valuable assets of a company. That's the reason why a lot of startups do well at the begining, then fall apart when the top management gets greedier and greddier.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great until the Chapter 11

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Good salary, CEO is excellent

    Cons

    hard to lose so many friends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the people side of things - new products are cool, but they are made by your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A dying company with NO plans for expanding in the US

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Insignificant Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Insignificant Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Pay, for my position, is very good.

    Cons

    Very dangerous, outdated, factory. Most, if not all, safety protocols are ignored, or bypassed. It's all about manufacturing. Doesn't care about safety or well being of employees. I know people who have lost parts of fingers, had hands crushed, exposed to acids, and more. Management doesn't even ask them if they are ok. They are only concerned with trying to cover their own butts. They immediately conduct a" 5 why" investigation. On one occasion a person was hurt, and a 5 why investigation was performed. Years later the machine still has interlocks bypassed, undocumented changes, outdated specs, broken panels that protect from acid exposure, and I could go on.

    Safety is for filling out documentation to provide the illusion of safe working environment to customers and government regulators.

    Most demeaning place I've ever worked. It is a good ole boy place where The "click" is promoted. In my position people have Bachelors of Science degrees, licenses, certifications, ex-military, patents, and more. Some are promoted without ANY prior school, experience, or professional training. Needless to say we are treated like we are cashiers at a hotdog stand. NO RESPECT! Everyone is looked upon as the person with no professional training. In reality, many people in this situation have more experience, and school than management. So, I guess the idea is to demean and marginalized others to keep themselves on top.

    Also, this place seems to encourage trash talking. People scoff, roll eyes, yell, make fun of you in meetings. It's really unbelievable! Very disappointing when you consider this is a " high tech" semiconductor company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together before someone is killed. You surely don't want that?!?!?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have made too many cuts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great, employees, technology and business strategy. Recent Fujitsu acquisition will extend life of Fab, increase revenue and expand product portfolio.

    Cons

    Very low on employees, limited career opportunities, very little L&D outside of the Fab. Mid level management does not seem to be focused on the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    New Grad only!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Not much of red tapes.

    Cons

    Too many VPs doing who knows what and getting all the credits Too many fires to put off. No promotions or career opportunities. Laying off senior people to hire cheap labor seems to be the trend of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a different job!!! Micro managers not leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good salary , Everyone is nice , Not much pressure.

    Cons

    No passion to work in such place, can not growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider have more training or technical forum to engineer.
    Face to face communication with engineers.

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