I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 3 years)
The technology is very cool and the company is small enough that you can make a real difference. The fusion stuff where CPUs and GPUs work closely together is awesome.
The company can't seem to make money. Products are constantly canceled. Schedules constantly shift. Responsibilities and ownership for common stuff is often unclear. Lots of schedule chicken and passing the buck. Decisions often don't get made at all, or at best they are delayed until the last possible moment.
I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 5 years)
Lots of good technical people and challenging work.
Ongoing management churn with poor decisions, missed schedules, and frequent roadmap revisions. Software release processes are convoluted and failing.
I worked at AMD full-time (More than 3 years)
Some very talented and intelligent engineers that were great to work with
Management completely screwed up with constant thrashing of projects and no clear direction that they are taking the company, if they continue this way they will not survive.
Hire and fire mindset, fire employees to make the financials look good then months later hiring again. Very shady, I know of a woman that was on maternity leave and was laid off.
Advice to Management
Come up with a concrete plan/direction and stick to it.
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The paycheck is good.
Different teams are open and honest in their communication with each other; it is less "silo"-ed than some places.
It's the first job I didn't love. It's the first job I needed to work weekends just to stay afloat.
AMD puts each employee in a little box. Once they find out you can do something, you get to keep doing that one thing forever. You may be promoted and get a raise, but your actual role will not change. Professional development? They've heard of it...
Management is variable. Some of the management usually makes decent decisions. Some efforts that should have been achievable, instead have been derailed by unproductive political battles. So it can be a free for all. Where's the adult supervision? It's a good place if you are a politician.
The company nearly went broke during the 2008-2009 recession.
Advice to Management
Cease operations and free the wage slaves? Who knows what can save this co. from its 1990s business model, internal politics, and competitors who are stronger on the high end and nimbler on the low end?
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