Spansion Reviews

Updated May 14, 2015
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  1. I didn't enjoy working for this company

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have not Pros for this company

    Cons

    They don't seem to run their business smartly


  2. Helpful (1)

    lacks direction, still carries the baggage of its AMD days

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

    I worked at Spansion full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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'


  3. Helpful (2)

    A disappointing, dishonest and exploitative employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Put the interests of the company before your own!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A dying company with NO plans for expanding in the US

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  6. Horrible company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice, campus is clean.

    Cons

    Management overall is horrible, especially around finance and HR.


  7. Death to Spansion

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. No a place to stay.

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

    I have been working at Spansion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to learn. Not stressful. A lot of talented people.

    Cons

    Bad management decisions. Low efficiency in execution. Too many slackers. Bad market situation. Losing money. No bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics in decision making.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Biggest Fish in a Shrinking Pond

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are good at what you do and don't push back, Spansion will pay you fairly and, if you are lucky, promote you. Keep in mind it's a company that rewards heroes and overtime, not working "smart".

    Cons

    Most of its practices are from very old internal tradition, and it is pretty ingrown in what it thinks are "best practices". In fact it is marginal or poor in areas that it believes it is strong, such as product introduction.

    Advice to Management

    Go asset light; there is insufficient size or cash to fund being a technology driver and being a high volume low cost manufacturer.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Need better management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn. Good for new grad to learn here.

    Cons

    Stock and finance is too bad. No good recolonization to employees. Industry is in very tough time.

    Advice to Management

    Need improve management. There are many places to improve the company and make it profitable.



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