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Updated March 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "leaving AMD soon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great place to learn; work-life balance fair; many great, hard-working co-workers; can be rewarded if among chosen few

    Cons

    consistently distressed, unstable environment; risky place to earn a living with questionable opportunity for reward; many self-serving co-workers; one can drop from chosen few status quickly

    Advice to Management

    find the opex bottom soon and stabilize the company so people who stay can find true hope; stop focusing on org structure changes and execute; too early to rate Dr. Su... her predecessor was handed a mess and gave it his all...time will tell


  2. Helpful (2)

    "From a Cheerleader to a Poor Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Technical Program Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director, Technical Program Management in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to have good things to say about AMD, was really proud of the company and technology. After many years of trying to help them succeed, those feelings are gone. Execs are just milking the cow until its dead!

    Cons

    Way way way too much internal politics and power grab. The upper managers that have been there for years need to be cleaned out and replaced with fresh. All the talent has now left the company. Need to restart everything fresh.

    Advice to Management

    Deep dive on near and long term future markets. See if you can find a new niche, and go after it. You presently don't have leaders running the company even with the new change. You need to start fresh.


  3. "bad performance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    basically none, a sinking company

    Cons

    poor payment, no future, sinking


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  5. "IT organization is terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Operations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - IT Operations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Decent pay
    Good gym

    Cons

    IT organization budget has been slashed
    Leadership in the company is terrible

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and hire someone to replace you


  6. "alright place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of great engineering staff to work with
    Work can be interesting if you can get in the right department

    Cons

    Salaries are average unless you are in management position.
    AMD strives for average benefits.
    Management doesn't not really want people who think out of the box and question them - just say yes and be quiet.
    Newer management hasn't a clue about what's going on. I think they are just there to collect their parachutes and move on.

    Advice to Management

    To change the culture of a company you might first try attempting to improve the company instead of blaming your employees for their lack of work and and in attention to the customer.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "good engineers, weak executives, bad managers, highly dysfunctional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great graphics technology, good work-life balance most of the time, some good research opportunities, relaxed work ethic, nice coworkers, not too much local politics

    Cons

    this company is a chronic underachiever and so cannot attract talented executives (who are compensated in relation to the company profits). managers range from incompetent to lackluster. An engineering career will go nowhere here but you may gain valuable experience.

    Advice to Management

    resign and break up the company


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Many years spent hoping we would break the intel monopoly...but it never happened."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good people here.

    Cons

    It's the same roller coaster ride year after year

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting employees and benefits programs. Get a solid identity and stick with it for once.
    Year after year we would deal with the highs and lows of the semiconductor industry, always living in the shadow of Intel. I and many other employees always embraced the underdog mentality and worked our butts off to better the company, only to have the direction of the company changed time and time again.
    This company has never been the same since Jerry Sanders left. He was a true motivator and always seemed to care about the well being of his employees. Now upper management only cares about the "shareholders" and lining their own pockets.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "How the mighty have fallen!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "AMD is very bureaucratic and very depressive company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architecture in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Architecture in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very limited future, AMD is very bureaucratic and very depressive company

    Cons

    A lot of problems, no future for young people, no learning, no system.

    Advice to Management

    Need clean up the management.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy life. reasonable pay.
    Good place for people to wait for retire.

    Cons

    No feature for senior technical people who just work..
    Too many politics even in technical level.
    Can not attract good talent.

    Advice to Management

    Cut management level.
    Get rid of people only talks.


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