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AMD Boxborough Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. "There are a lot of smart engineers working for AMD"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AMD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people. The culture. There is always work to do and room to be innovative. This includes both incredible product churns and opportunities to do research on future products.

    Cons

    Too ambitious for the staffing. Reform for this has already happened. However, this has resulted in some uncertainty among the staff about the companies long term plans.

    Advice to Management

    See above


  2. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Boxborough, MA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AMD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    No cons, everything is great.

    Advice to Management

    No comments to management, everything is great.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent balanced company"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best work/life balance of any tech company I've worked for. Challenges employees to get better and stay current in the field. Great communication about direction of the company and personal career path and goals.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits have been lagging behind competition for a while. OpEx focus causes some areas to be chronically understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open as it has been, continue to recognize the hard work and dedication of engineers, but don't turn it into a pep rally. Most engineers are realists, just tell them the truth, good or bad.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "GFX Senior Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Access to latest and greatest graphics technology
    - Opportunities to contribute to important projects
    - Great work life balance
    - Flexible career opportunities
    - Management is very dedicated to employees
    - Awesome people

    Cons

    - Occasional crunch when dealing with many projects
    - Pay might not be the greatest in this industry, but still competitive


  5. "Coop Experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Coop in Boxborough, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Coop in Boxborough, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AMD as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance
    Good Management

    Cons

    Not Aggressive as a company
    Less Salary & benefits


  6. "Mostly a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a good company culture in the balance of work & personal life with a sense of united spirit in competition against AMD's competitors.

    Cons

    On the down side the company has struggled financialy the last couple years of years with a resulting drag on salaries & promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the faith. Keep investing. Don't let the companies financial struggles become an excuse for holding up employees career progression.


  7. "Good place, tough times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AMD is a good place to work. There are very few walls between departments. People are generally supportive.. especially once you have that face to face meeting.

    Cons

    Sometime, it is hard to change from doing things the old way. But generally, people can be convinced.

    Advice to Management

    Becareful not to focus so much on the old PC market that we get left behind.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Positive."

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    Former Employee - Smts in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Smts in Boxborough, MA
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart people, free coffee.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit of a scramble figuring out what products to make.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change too many things at once, the grunts can't keep up.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues!"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boxborough, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has many smart people, fosters a culture of meritocracy within the engineering teams, and supports development of employees.

    Cons

    It's always been tough to ride the endless waves of boom and bust cycles in the ever changing computer industry.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on innovation leadership, emphasizing more low power design, restoring the server business and investing in staffing for long term strength.


  10. "Interesting and challenging projects"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and competent colleagues. Interesting and challenging projects. Open atmosphere with lots of opportunities to make an impact. Abundant compute and license resources for most jobs. Reasonable work/life balance with flexible hours. Good telecommuting infrastructure.

    Cons

    The company has been struggling financially the last few years. Unpleasant actions such as layoff rounds, salary cuts, and mandatory vacations have occurred at various times. Bonus payouts have been low or non-existent due to poor financial performance. Road map has been unstable with project cancellations as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Size resources to project goals properly to ensure a high chance of success. Avoid constant road map changes.


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