Spansion Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
108 Reviews
2.7
108 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
53 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.  

    it is so so

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    many interesting and challenging projects

    Cons

    compensation just so so, career development path not clear

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst engineering company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Great coworkers...they're still my best friends today

    Cons

    Not a good environment for personal and professional growth, unless you're into the dealing with mediocre engineers and full blown bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the employees know what's really going on...so dont patronise them and show them a little more respect than they deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lackluster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion

    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
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  5.  

    The Titanic

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    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
  6.  

    Incompetent Management

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    Former Employee - International Manufacturing Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - International Manufacturing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    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
  7.  

    Spansion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Dedicated and hardworking employees who have worked long and hard

    Cons

    Inexperienced and unskilled upper management, frequent organizational changes, no strategic direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine a strategic direction, hire upper management that have experience in the business and technology, stop blaming employees for your errors in judgement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good technical work, bad professional growth

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

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    Good technology, State of the art approaches. Strong techical people.

    Cons

    Bad professional growth. Bad distribution of profit. No bonus packages. Below average salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Profit sharing needs to be distributed across all levels of employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Ready to be transformed into a great company

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

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    I am confident that Spansion is all set to work towards becoming a great company to work for. I believe with the right mix of products we can once again conquer the memory market.

    Cons

    Too many old managers who are a little dogmatic and martinets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation packages should be evaluated especially for junior level engineering team.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Employee were laid off without any package

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Easy to work in company
    Overall relax environment in doing work
    Nice and smart colleague
    Middle management are willing to listen what employee says

    Cons

    Very bad cash management in previous management
    Too diverse project comparing to work force
    Bad moral in current top management (raise their salary to make employee kicked without any support)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make profitable company for long term surivival.
    Not to be greedy to make their former employee miserable without any support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Set expectations for a short-term career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Pay scale competitive and management treats employees fairly and with respect. Offers a challenging and face paced work environment.

    Cons

    As a "Memory Semiconductor" company, cash and profits will always be a struggle. Set Spansion career expectations for short-term employment. Keep resume updated and active. Poor CEO/management decisions put company in bankruptcy. Many empolyee's upset about short notice layoff in early 2009, but this is part of working for a company struggling to make a profit in a very tough market environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid double standards with VP & Executives versus the rank and file. During the 2008/09 furlough days (and paycuts) there was a clear double standard as VP's were exempt from the paycut. Rank and file definately felt slighted and rightfully so.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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