Spansion

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Spansion Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
117 Reviews
2.7
117 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
60 Ratings

Review Highlights

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  

    a good place to learn

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    friendly and helpful co-workers, good work-life balance, amazing place to learn and grow, salary in par in the top companies in semiconductor industry,

    Cons

    legacy systems and practices, tough market-a shrinking NOR market,falling ASPs,bad financial decisions,slow decision making-(eg)projects getting cancelled just when the project is in the final stages citing poor customer demand for that product. These kind of project cancellations keep happening round the year-an absolute waste of resource and money,placing more emphasis on meeting the unrealistic deadline without ensuring the quality by coming up with a good systems of checks and balances

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your priorities clear on which projects you want to work,

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need senior leadership, BFC we need to hear from you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    Being a mature company, technology company it is a good place to work. Some very nice people work here. It offers great working environment for many reasons as follows. It offers great areas for walking, running, basketball. It has a very good and inexpensive cafeteria. There exit great opportunities for advancement. Pay offered is competitive.

    Cons

    Poor direction from top and middle management. Hence the direction received is often obscure and changing. Often the wrong goals are set and then they are changed to other wrong goals. Poor performance does not get addressed or good performance is not rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Hire from outside your comfort circle for senior positions.
    2) Create opportunity to get unvarnished feedback and suggestions from lower in the management hierarcy. Involve employees and contractors, since your best talent is hidden from you within the contractors.
    3) Cut a few layers of middle management. They obscure the picture for you and for the employees.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to be, but financially it is going down fast.

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    Former Employee - Materials Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Materials Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    People are Spansion's best asset! When I first came to Spansion I thought there is no other place Id rather be at. It is great going in to work and seeing everyone. Most of the older staff is very nice and helpful and pleasant to talk to. The spirit is high, and people treat each other with respect.

    Cons

    The company is doing pretty poorly financially, and as a result the layoffs are becoming more frequent and the benefits are getting worse. New management is treating people poorly. Aggressive people with very little people skills are becoming in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People that worked for Spansion for 20+ years are pretty disappointed with some of the new changes. Don't allow some of the new and unexperienced management to treat employees the way they do lately.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Mixed feelings about Spansion.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Had a good manager. Various systems and processes in place. Promote continuous improvement. Some good legacy from AMD.

    Cons

    Mid management too worry about themselves and suck up to the upper management. Constant pressure on cost reduction. Relatively high turnover rate. No internal transfer opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with the merger with Cypress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Change is in the air

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

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

    Pros

    I work with some of the best, smartest, most capable people I've met in my working life. The current executive management has taken a struggling company and made it a lean, efficient and thriving entity. My middle management is fair, hard working, and works wonders with very limited resources.

    Cons

    We're in the midst of being acquired by another company which will result in a shake up of executive and middle management. I'm afraid the management style is about to revert back to what it was after spinning off of AMD, which was out-dated and not employee focused. I found it to be an unhappy and unhealthy working environment back then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ruin the company with archaic attitudes towards employees and the workplace. Learn what it takes to retain talent in the modern workplace, empower people to achieve excellence and recognize their accomplishments.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Returning employee with total of 17 years of service

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Friendly co-workers and a lot to learn if you want to. Good Sonic Boom Wellnes program for employees

    Cons

    The annual target profit sharing percentage is never achieved due to many management factors, normally you can get from 70% to 80% of the target.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every employee should get the full target profit percentage allocated by the company for the quarter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Application Engineer

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Spansion full-time

    Pros

    I reccomend especially Application Engineer positions because they are very important for daily promotion and solution development. In general, we always have a problem with the resource of Field Application Engineer and it directly impacts on business.

    Cons

    You can get multi-culture environment because we collaborate globally for example solution developments, new product spec difinition and homepage design.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to consider both short term (daily promotion, technical support, etc) and long term strategy (roadmap, target market and position.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It's an OK company to work for but they pay new hires better than long-term employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Insurance is about the only good thing anymore

    Cons

    Each individual is doing the work of 4 people and more is being asked from them every quarter. Cost cutting has gotten ridiculous with the age of the equipment - it has to be fixed or replaced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people who have stuck it out all these years, went to school and got the degree that was asked of them and attended all classes given by the company and adhered to their rules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Could be better!

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

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    Smart Management, good people, and pay is okay.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, very process oriented, and very little to no internal growth opportunities

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to relax. Good culture. Not work pressure

    Cons

    Did get much from working there...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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