Spansion Reviews

Updated May 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Iron Stomach (and Closed Mouth) Required to Work Here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Spansion

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

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Spansion, a slow but sure death

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

    I have been working at Spansion

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

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company in need of competent executive leadership and some bridge financing

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

    I have been working at Spansion

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

    Pros

    There is an excellent can-do attitude among almost all employees that fosters innovation and pockets of operational excellence. Particularly in low-cost in-house manufacturing and customer responsiveness, the company does quite well

    Cons

    The CEO, Bertrand Cambou, does not apply analytical rigor when making important business decisions. He will bankrupt the company if left in place. The balance sheet is weak, making it uncertain whether the company will be able to survive the current downturn.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve internal business decision management. We have to get the big decisions--builiding SP1, buying Saifun, suing Samsung--right if the company has any chance to ride out the downturn with our terrible balance sheet.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Only one quarter left to save the company

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

    I have been working at Spansion

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

    Pros

    Extremely competent and dedicated people.
    "Can do" attitude that works wonders even in the most difficult situations

    Cons

    Company is quickly going down the drain. Money is in short supply, hiring is frozen, not just new hires but replacements too. As a result some teams have lost key people that have not been replaced, putting even more workload on remaining employees.
    As a sales rep I'm constantly fighting an uphill battle in price discussions because even though Nor has different applications than Nand customers still expect it to follow the same price behavior, because Nand, totally commoditized by now, is by far the bulk of the market.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on our short term survival issues instead of spoiling your time on far fetched strategic deals and risky technology projects. Stop useless R&D investment in Italy and France.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. Positive work environment with high degree of empowerment

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Encouraged to take measured risk - given large scope of responsibility

    Cons

    Executive management not aligned among themselves which creates unneeded conflict
    No advancement potential

    Advice to Management

    Implement cessation planning


  10. Spansion Austin,Tx

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    Older Equipment and a little micro managed

    Advice to Management

    Mellow out-respect for the individual


  11. Great place to work. Overall you can expect to enjoy the balance work life between family and office.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Conducive working environment. Great team working across all departments (onshore and offshore).

    Cons

    The cafeteria food can be further improve



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