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AMD Boxborough Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work/life balance of any tech company I've worked for (in 191 reviews)

  • Highly intelligent coworkers, great work environment, amazing benefits (in 138 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "AMD"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  3. "Coop Experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Coop in Boxborough, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Coop in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    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


  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
    Recommends
    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. "Great place for work-life balance, but not recommended for ambitious go-getters"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Great work-life balance
    * Flexible work schedule
    * Smart engineers

    Cons

    * Bureaucratic career advancement (must wait in line for seniority, do this for X years, etc.)
    * As a Sr. Engineer, feels like I'm a cog in a machine
    * Small raises; it pays to job hop if financial compensation is what you're after


  6. "Good Pay, Uncertain Future"

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    Former Intern - Layout Team in Boxborough, MA
    Former Intern - Layout Team in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    higher pay than usual, more than 8 hours is not expected, and people are generally very smart and good at what they do. Most employees come from companies where they've been burnt out or used.

    Cons

    stock price is all over the place, the cafeteria is pretty mediocre, health insurance plans keep getting worse, and AMD has been struggling to find good leadership/vision in recent years. Bonuses are more or less non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    find a CEO that's not just there to hold the reigns until the next CEO takes over. Lisu Su seems pretty good so maybe she's the answer.


  7. 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
    Recommends
    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.

  8. "Sr. Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People you work with are great. Very knowledgeable. Work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    No clear path to revive this struggling company. Plans always shifted from high-level management. Company as a whole are not doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear plan, and focus on execution.


  9. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    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.


  10. "Senior Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior ASIC/Layout Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC/Layout Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AMD full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and experienced engineers who've solved the latest and greatest problems in the domain.

    Cons

    Very bad compensation compared to the market. Focus seems to be more to hire new employees than to retain existing ones.


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