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Updated June 23, 2017
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  1. "Finance is NOT the place to be"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The teams try hard and don't give up.
    BUs and Operations are great teams to support.
    Being the underdog, you want to see AMD succeed and root for them.

    Cons

    Finance management team is abysmally bad. If you're process-oriented, customer focused, and like to go home each day feeling like you made a difference and are excited about building on that tomorrow, this isn't the place for you. It's where good people start and leave as soon as they can. They wear you down with constant firedrills, bridging to the last firedrill, and nonstop chaos all the while chalking it up to "we're a tech company." No tools, no process, and no appetite to change it. Highly frustrating to true professionals. And while the company is on the upswing, you won't get any of that gravy. That's for the executive team. Instead, you'll work on endless firedrills because the executive team in Finance flounders like a fish out of water. The CFO is the root cause of the problem. It's time for him to go and have someone from the outside who thinks like a true finance professional and expects the same. Morale among the North America teams is truly bad, but it never shows up on org health surveys because team numbers are heavily skewed to Asia whose teams fawn over the finance execs.

    Advice to Management

    Product offerings are finally moving in the right direction; org health and compensation will never get addressed properly because AMD literally was on its deathbed and it's not seen as important. Lisa is trying, but too many filter out what they don't want her to see.


  2. 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.

  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. "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time

    Pros

    They have many good people at this company but many would rather leave if there was another option.

    Cons

    Lots of dysfunction behind closed doors and so called managers. They talk about all this business they will win but it was very quiet internally on the biz dev end. They promise great growth and commitment to get you in then fall short of there promises. Another bad P&L year and the likes of Nvidia and others will be coming on strong soon... if they didn't have there x86 license they would be out of biz..get your cash and title up front or go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the spin and actually back up what you say and not just control P&L by cutting growth costs.. very short sighted and another failed strategy that will play out badly in time.


  5. "it is swamp"

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    Former Employee - Smts in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Smts in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None I can think of

    Cons

    fierce politics, almost ruthless struggle between teams who compete, unstable, and dangerous future. People will set a trap on other people to sacrifices the unfortunate so they can be saved from next round of layoff


  6. Helpful (6)

    "AMD has severe MANAGEMENT ISSUES"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Not much to write about.

    Cons

    AMD has severe MANAGEMENT ISSUES. Stay away from this company.. Last month, they sent a bunch of offers for new employees to join. But, then they withdrew the offers, just 2 weeks before the join date due to change in business plans. In essence, they screwed the new hires even before they could have joined the company.

    In my experience, They don't care about employees. Layoffs happen annually, and only the most desperate people tend to work at AMD. If you are desperate, go ahead take your chance, but your offer might get withdrawn even before you join the company.

    Compensation is about 20% below market average.


  7. "Lack of strong leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exciting industry. Meet some great people

    Cons

    Bad senior management. Act more like a government agency than a High-tech company.
    Lack of foresight or plan. Ticker box culture rather than any type of strategic plan

    Advice to Management

    Invest in real talent.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Large Carcass"

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    Current Employee - Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AMD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    AMD was a great company with great people

    Cons

    The executive team continues to beat the remaining employees into submission with endless job cuts and austerity measures. The morale and energy has been destroyed by a lack of leadership. When the top 6 people at the company reward themselves with over $32M in salary and bonus pay while the company flounders - they are just feeding off a large carcass and lying to the world about their intent.

    Advice to Management

    Quit lying to your employees and yourselves about your own misplaced self-worth - your company is in a death spiral and you are getting rich and destroying America.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "AMD is a Harvard case of a total epic fail..."

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    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many at all but they did have a great campus cafeteria (Austin) and decent benefit package. Campus was very pretty and pleasing to the eye. They built it on a nature preserve.

    Cons

    Culture and senior leadership is an issue. Culture isn't conducive to innovation and competitive progress. Senior leadership is very unique and dysfunctional. There are so many layers of VPs that it's nearly impossible to get something approved in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Well it is too late now. The company is done... Years ago the board should have hired a right CEO who would in turn hire right senior execs. All together they should have positioned the company leaner (without too many chiefs but with more right Indians). Any ways, bye bye AMD...


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Former AMDer"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensation is adjusted for risk

    Cons

    Management is the worst I've seen


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