Spansion Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
107 Reviews

2.7
107 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
52 Ratings

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.  

    good work environment, learned a lot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    good company to work for
    good for analog design engineers
    ok for digital design engineers

    Cons

    Lot of layoffs over the years as the NOR FLASH memory market is shrinking
    company needs to expand on the product line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to develop more new product lines that leverage NOR flash technology
    get into nand business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enduring commitment to survival and progress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Very high levels of accountability, strong commitment to continuous improvement, stable work force. Very experienced management team.

    Cons

    A bit tight with cash, deteriorating human resources practices. Misalignment of bonus system with overall corporate and department success. Compensation is generally good, more or less aligned with the remainder of the sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful of alienating highly experienced people. You need them. Clean up the bonus system, it does not seem to be well aligned with overall corporate performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Reasonable work life balance. Average compensation.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Reasonable work life balance. Average compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    a lot of cost cutting measures, which generally leads to reduction in work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    analyst in Spansion

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Work Opportunity is given to some employees
    Upper management provides updates on the company on a regular basis.
    Learning curve is steep. Good for those who wants to learn new things

    Cons

    Not many chances of career advancement
    Very strict, no flexibility within the department n also HR
    Layoffs is a norm. Unstable industry
    Promises made by management never fulfilled.
    Banned Skype in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All is said above. They should care more about their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    friendly colleagues but there is no job security

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    good working culture,
    good place to learn

    Cons

    job security is tied with market demand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Increasingly mundane

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Generally competent management; people are made accountable for what they do or don't do

    Cons

    'Fab-light' business model leaves little room for career advancement; the factory, along with the workforce are getting mature

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think beyond the next quarter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Frustrating..

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

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

    Pros

    Company makes available training and resources to advance your career. Filled with great co-workers and fun management. Has a diverse skill set need, which allows for learning and growth.

    Cons

    In bankruptcy the executive team was replaced with great motivated members. Those below them have not moved in years, and most plan to retire out of their current role. This has created roadblocks for change. Limited growth potential for career oriented workers and fear + territorial behavior for those at the top.

    Add in forced distribution ranking where mangers fail to read goals and performance to expectation, and you have disfunction. Those at the top are self ranking each other via hand shake, and people who are perceived as a threat, are ranked out of contention.

    Executive management made the changes necessary to generate success, but failed to push the changes into all ranks. Spansion is now a glass ceiling company. If you work there you will know when you hit the glass, and depart.

    Current strategy is to replace high level exiting engineers with new college graduates. This will generate 5 years of growth potential for the new hires. Issue in the policy is those at the top will not mentor up, becasue of a "see you still need me" job protection mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Capitalize on potential. Force retired on the job workers back to work, or lose those around them who are being tasked with completing open projects. You created a lean employee company. Now you have to follow through with getting the right people on the bus, and removing those who no longer belong.

    I have sat in too many meeting where a senior manager says "I am doing this because I was told I have too not because I believe it is the right direction", and then later comes back to voice the initiative as a total failure.

    When rolling out benifits changes stop saying we strive to be average. Use smart speech. "We work hard to meet industry santards" or " as benchmarking is completed we align the company to be competative." Telling employees you provide average benefits but require exceptional performance is not the message you want to send.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    too few people

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

    I worked at Spansion full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Austin team has tons of experience.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    overworked

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours, average benefits

    Cons

    short of manpower, too many projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Talented people, but company lacks motivation

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    small team, good work, good learning,

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should solve their financial issues with newer and better products rather than giving employees unnecessary forced shutdowns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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