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AMD Boxborough Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "No security in doing a job well done"

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    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is competitive.
    Work is interesting.
    They offer pretty decent benefits.
    They have sites in many locations.
    They use quality industry tools.
    Most of the technical people are very bright and seem to know what they're doing.

    Cons

    There's a culture for a cycle of constant layoffs and constant hiring. So even if you do your job, meet your deadlines, your head may still be on the chopping block. It's an atmosphere of fear where you are constantly worried if you're playing the political game well or not. If you're a quieter person, this place definitely advocates that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. As a new person, you're constantly worried if you spoke enough in meetings or if your work is a high enough quality. But in the end, that doesn't matter, and it just depends on whether Senior Management likes you or not.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "How the mighty have fallen!"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are reasonably smart and hardworking (and manage to keep your job through reorgs), fairly good place from work-life balance perspective

    Cons

    * Management tries to exploit limited opportunities in Boston area in chip design, by not compensating people properly.
    * Misalignment in leveling across locations (especially management in Boston does not reward employees at same level as other locations)

    Advice to Management

    You have (or at least had till I worked there) very smart engineers. You owe them and the shareholders for all the mismanagement over the last 10 years. Show them a well thought out strategy and they will do great things for you.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is no good reason to work at AMD (as an engineer)

    Cons

    Staffing is boom and bust - today they hire, tomorrow they lay off. Line management is engineering throwbacks so tread cautiously to stay on their good side. Be careful of your co-workers - they will throw you under the bus to save their own skin.
    The work is all incremental changes to existing stuff. Not great for skills - the industry will outpace you.

    Advice to Management

    Take classes in team building and communication.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away !!!"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good, if you are accepted into the community of Telugu and Kannada speakers, or if you are really extrovert and good at politicking for the old American leads. Interviews are damn easy.

    Cons

    Your skill set and knowledge does not matter. Knowledge of experienced members is completely outdated. Stuck on using stone age methodologies, that new grads will find wasteful of their investment in education. Team leader gives very bad excuses. Projects are frequently delayed upto 5 years, especially in CPU team. Frequent blame game between teams. If you are on a visa, god save you.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the old managers, bring in fresh blood. The oldies only manipulate, give wrong advice, and destroy careers, because they could not do better.


  5. "welcome to the inside of the box, here are your politics"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The paycheck is good.

    Different teams are open and honest in their communication with each other; it is less "silo"-ed than some places.

    Cons

    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?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Hire and Fire mindset"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very talented and intelligent engineers that were great to work with

    Cons

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A frustrating place to work -- poor management decisions and cumbersome processes"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of good technical people and challenging work.

    Cons

    Ongoing management churn with poor decisions, missed schedules, and frequent roadmap revisions. Software release processes are convoluted and failing.

  8. "Great technology but difficult management and culture."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "AMD"

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    Current Employee - Smts in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Smts in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best machines to work on, newest technologies, best-in-class software tools, best design flows with great support, exciting projects.

    Cons

    Management forces many engineers have a very narrow work focus; those with a desire to work on a broad set of tasks are frowned upon. Management oftentimes plays favorites, whether by age, race, or location.


  10. "intern review at boston design center site"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer Coop in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Coop in Boxborough, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay , housing for interns paid in half, dental, vision and health covered too! The Boston design center have good amount of young people in a flat hierarchy structure. It makes very easy to work with everybody, people is really friendly and reply to each other queries within minutes. There used to be free coffee, cafeteria inside, and very close to building entrances parking lot. The center is accesible right off the highway, very fast commute. All the cubicles have a huge dual screen setup, system support is really fast getting back at you and there is a pretty forest you can walk on those frustrated days with the CAD tools :)

    Cons

    company is lossing a lot of money several quarters in a row and the stock is very depreciated

    Advice to Management

    make more successful microprocessors design, and see them all the way to completion (do not cancel the projects at the middle of them)


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