Spansion Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
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Pros
  • Also, there was a good work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are (in 10 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    The retirement party's bout to start en-mass, thanks to Cypress merger. The only hope for those poor souls who remain...

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    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Long-term outlook much improved, with established automotive customer base in the US and Japan. Financials holding strong, post bankruptcy. If you like to work in an emaciated-lean company, this is your haven.
    100% executive focus on performance of the financials and market perception of the company.

    Cons

    A culture of abuse, disrespect and outright ugly middle-management behavior, appallingly bad.
    Many of the most effective cost savings tactics have been in employee benefits, compensation and forced vacations for employees in manufacturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best to pretend you respect your people. You clearly do not but you can fake it until your retirement party, which is clearly the priority of this team, even before the stock took off. You boys need to be put into a time out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Death to Spansion

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Engineer II in Austin, TX

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    No Pros left.. The "people first, products and profit will follow!" culture which Jerry Sanders developed for years has been snuffed out.

    Cons

    No one left except losers and control freaks. No employee incentives plus ENDLESS penny wise pound foolish cuts = imminent failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up. The key to earning wealth is for everyone else to make a lot of money too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Horrible company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resource Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice, campus is clean.

    Cons

    Management overall is horrible, especially around finance and HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    A dying company with NO plans for expanding in the US

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    Current Employee - Insignificant Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Insignificant Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Worst company I have ever worked for

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    Current Contractor - IT Project Manager
    Current Contractor - IT Project Manager

    I have been working at Spansion as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pros - Cant thing of any

    Cons

    Regular lay offs with a long trail of dead bodies. Be extremely cautious of any promises or incentives made to try to get you to sign up. Everyone is protecting their own interest versus making good choices in order to prevent from being the next to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the corporate culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    A disappointing, dishonest and exploitative employer

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A selection of on-line training courses are available on the company intranet
    - Colleagues at the same or lower level in the company hierarchy are generally helpful
    - Spansion is a fast-moving company and has interesting technology to work on

    Cons

    - Continual and regular (every 18 months) lay-offs make this company a poor career choice. This leads to a culture of everyone being fearful to make important decisions, in case they are the next to be made redundant.
    - For a technology company, investment in engineering and supporting the technical growth of engineering staff comes as an afterthought. Spansion is driven by a short-term desire to achieve quarterly fiscal targets, and little else. Long-range, future-orientated planning is non-existent.
    - Be extremely cautious and wary of any promises or incentives made to try to get you to 'sign-up' during the interview process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the interests of the company before your own!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    lacks direction, still carries the baggage of its AMD days

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spansion full-time

    Pros

    I cannot think of a single pro

    Cons

    - very low compensation
    - no career growth
    - too much politics, everybody just wants to watch out for their own fiefdoms
    - managers are appointed by seniority, not ability to 'manage'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. I didn't enjoy working for this company

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Chemist in Austin, TX

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have not Pros for this company

    Cons

    They don't seem to run their business smartly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good place to start but no upward mobility opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is plenty to be happy about at Spansion from a business performance perspective. With positive cash flow for consecutive quarters, it is clear that the executive team (post bankruptcy) know what they are doing, however heartless and greedy they have been while doing it.

    Cons

    The manufacturing facility is aging and so is the management. There are no opportunities for growth or career progression, as the mid-management team has been set in stone for over a decade. Idle mid-"managers" do a poor job of rewarding excellence and refuse to manage out poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. sweat shop with no respect for Hard working folks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Honestly none, but after giving some thought I would have to say that you do have some good people from whom you get a deserved respect for your hard work
    Great place for contract job as you get more respect as compared to full time employees

    Cons

    In experienced Senior management not knowing what is the meaning of thought leader ship and doing lip services for self promotion.
    No respect for Experience, Talent, Integrity, Accountability & Dedication
    Too many Directors & VP''s

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose good employees who actually work hard for the company.
    Senior management is not fully competent . Have a independent survey to identify incompetent folks that would help to retain good employees at the bottom.
    Have a good criteria for promotions , Just not promote people for doing their regular job
    Do you need very top heavy organization? Give some thoughts to fix the top heavy structure and balance with some real employees who actually could work which would bring some work & life balance for Employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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