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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
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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.  

    It is ok company

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    • 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

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

    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
  2.  

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

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  3. 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

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

    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
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  5.  

    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

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

    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
  6.  

    Pay is good but management is falling apart

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst - I in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst - I in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay makes it work going to work, the people that work with you and in the FAB are friendly enough. The career options are great if you stick around long enough. Some of the employees have been here 30 years, and if you want it bad enough you can get to where you would like to go.

    Cons

    Everyone is just friendly, no one speaks too much, they act like ther're abused animals that cower at the first sign on human interaction. My direct supervisor is spineless and does not find it necessary to stick up for our team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better accolades when they are deserved, care for the people that work for you, and if you don't understand the job your employees do, don't assume to tell them how to do it. The disconnect between the employees on the lower levels are substantially greater than anywhere I would like to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    engineer

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    the company is employee friendly

    Cons

    In a wrong market.
    not enough technology advantage over competitors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people but no job security

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

    I worked at Spansion as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of good people work for Spansion
    There is opportunity for career growth if you can manage to stay at the company
    A lot of internal promotions

    Cons

    Lots of lay-offs
    Males are highly favored in management positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    good work environment, learned a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Enduring commitment to survival and progress

    • 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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (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
  11.  

    Reasonable work life balance. Average compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (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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