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Spansion Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
106 Reviews

2.7
106 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
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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.  

    Lackluster

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    In general, salary or compensation, in terms of base salary, was competitive. Also, the majority of the technical colleagues were generally intelligent and motivated.

    Cons

    Company was consistently unprofitable for a very long time. That disaffected the opportunity for extra compensation in terms of bonus payments. Strategic direction from upper management also appeared to be unclear, as projects were started and abandoned many times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More strategic focus is needed. Management needs a better job of understanding the competitive and technological landscape, drivers, and evolution in order to place the correct bets for the success of the enterprise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The Titanic

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience: Spinning off from AMD, going public, building a company from the ground up- all great experiences.

    Cons

    Based on recent decisions, the new management team appears to only be interested in how they personally can profit. Long term, hard working and talented employees were terminated by management who appeared to care very little about their past contributions, in a very uncaring way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very unfortunate that you are treating this company and the employees with such a lack of respect and concern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    New management is a lot better

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

    Pros

    New management is quite good.

    Cons

    Spansion needs planning for sustainability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid level managers are quite incompetent and some of them need to go.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Incompetent Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Manufacturing Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - International Manufacturing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Most employees are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Some of the managers are disrespectful of those employees working for them. Frequent use of intimidation method. Very seldom give recognition or praise for a work well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have a survey to gather the feedback from employees the performance of management. Take the necessary actions to make improvement on areas identified from feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    struggling company

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

    Pros

    friendly and helpful coworker
    not much competition within the group

    Cons

    very minimum training for personal development
    unorganized management
    very long working hours for some groups
    company future is still questionable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase efficiency by automating all manual process

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Too Bad they didn't focus on their core business

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice, dedicated people
    Good competency at lower levels

    Cons

    Senior executive strategy was unfocused and unrealistic given the market
    Old school, lousy facilities...grimy
    Some legacy AMD leftover entitlement mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your core (perhaps they are doing this now)
    Tell the truth
    Don't over-commit to the street
    Be realistic

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not surprised Spansion went bankrupt.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    Pros

    Flexible work environment with great coworkers who were working hard to make the company profitable. Not much pressure in most roles, though a few roles were completely overburdened.

    Cons

    Upper level management made poor strategic decisions and ignored guidelines put in place to cut costs. Very siloed groups - poor communication between them. Morale was very low in workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your own advice...cut costs for offsites, travel and exec perks like the rest of the company must. It demoralizes the work force to see the execs not taking their own advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Spansion: a company of the brink

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

    Pros

    Most Middle managers take an interest in their direct reports and want everyone to succeed. Rank and file employees care about doing a good job and trying to make a good name for the company.

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't seem to understand the current market well enough to guide the company in the right direction. There is confusion on what project should be continued and those that should be cut. It's also questionable as to whether their core technology has what it takes to meet future market needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that there have been massive layoffs at the company: stabilize the environment for the staff that is left; formulate a competent strategy and communicate it to all employees so that they understand what the company is going to do and how they are a part of the plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Iron Stomach (and Closed Mouth) Required to Work Here

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX

    Pros

    I can't deny it - I am well-paid.

    Cons

    Your vacation time is held hostage by market fluctuations in that you are told when you can and cannot take your vacation. A benefit promised to you can be taken away at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going on a "money-saving" spree, make it worthwhile and lasting. Truly evaluate how many employees are needed to get a job done. In many cases there are far too many do-nothings and hard-working employees are let go to "save money". In truth it would be cheaper to retain 5 hard-workers and let go of 10 "cheaper" workers. Review your HR department. Those with serious management concerns cannot even get their e-mails responded to by HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Spansion, a slow but sure death

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

    Pros

    Spansion is a great company to work for if you enjoy having time off and not working due to shutdowns, mandatory forced leaves, and layoffs. Thus if you need more time to spend with the kids, a bickering wife, want to take parttime classes, or enjoy working a parttime job, then it's a great place to work. Promotions are on pace with those of other companies although management may vary. You can totally get away with not doing much work and just browsing internet all day as there is not much demand for flash chips these days. Thus you will have ample time to search for other jobs while you wait to be laid off!

    Cons

    Downsides include little job security, paycuts, forced leaves, bad food, no bonus, poor management, low morale, no young employees, low stock price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to really understand the needs of its employees. Decisions are made regardless of employee input. There is absolutely NO transparency. When things go bad, managements needs to communicate issues right away rather than wait and layoff people without much notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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