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AMD Senior Member of Technical Staff Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  1. "Good Company hope they focus on fewer things"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team, fast paced environment. Lot of interesting opportunities even for junior folks.

    Cons

    short staffed in terms of resources and can impact your work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    need to focus on fewer SoC, can't afford to go after all markets


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    "Tough times"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of microarchitecture gurus. Splendid work-life balance.

    Cons

    Poor business outlook. Massive attrition over the last 3-5 years. Uncompetitive compensation (in SF bay area).

    Advice to Management

    You have to really reward strong talent. AMD's compensation in the bay area is 20-30% lower than your competitors.


  3. "Senior Member Technical staff"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great technology which is needed by industry. People are great to work & the work environment is very suitable. Work-life balance is not always achieved but there are pockets which can be used.

    Cons

    Short of overall money, causing serious cuts in investment that could be the future. Hard decision but the company makes it to survive. Poor executions have always been hammered by Wall Street.

    Company's stability hurts the creativity from individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Assurance to employees that the execution plans are solid. Show the profitable year, by sticking to the plan


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cost-cutting has driven away many strong contributors"

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

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

    Pros

    In the early-to-mid 2000s, market conditions enabled the company to retain multiple strong design teams. Innovation was encouraged, for example, by awarding bonuses for patents. The sabbatical program was generous: 8 weeks paid vacation after every 7 years. Work-life balance is good, except for the inevitable need for late night meetings due to design teams spread over multiple time zones.

    Cons

    Many good employees left after taking their final sabbatical when management ended the program in the early 2010s. Cost-cutting, in the form of regular layoffs, forced many of the best engineers out. Getting communication from design teams halfway across the world became more difficult. The fundamental problem is that the traditional market -- CPU/GPU for desktop and laptop machines -- isn't growing fast enough.

    Advice to Management

    Reinstate the sabbatical to encourage a long-term commitment from employees. Get some design wins in fast-growing markets. If necessary, buy or develop the capability to produce an AMD-branded tablet or smartphone; don't worry about possible cannibalization of the OEM market. It's better to control your own destiny!


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    "Ups and Downs"

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

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

    Pros

    Some teams have healthy cultures. Some technical work is cutting-edge. It's a friendly atmosphere. AMD is never too formal. Flex time is possible so long as you're delivering stuff. There's often good collaboration across teams / sites / functions. Not much red tape. Work/life balance is fine in my experience, 40 hours will usually do it on most teams.

    Not a lot of crazy pie-in-the-sky research projects -- everyone's work is directly related to products. And we do ship a lot of products, they are in people's hands.

    Cons

    Some teams have unhealthy cultures: some are documentation-free, some are led by bullies. A few entire teams are deadwood. Some very senior bullshitters have built empires for themselves, and you don't want to cross them. Some parts of the company are an old-boy network, and some of the old boys don't hardly deserve their privilege.

    Revolving door senior management. Revolving door strategic plans. Annual layoffs and titanic-deck-chair-rearranging exercise. There are big upcoming debt payments, so a major future restructuring seems unavoidable.

    There's been brain drain, and less mature people have been promoted to fill the gaps, this has led to coworker quality issues on some teams.

    No accountability. Nobody ever gets in trouble for missing deadlines, low quality deliverables. It's good enough right?

    AMD can be democratic in the worst way. We can't do something unless everyone agrees, but we have to keep talking about it if anyone wants to do it. So there are a lot of "efforts" where 25 people get called to a weekly meeting to discuss some vague future process improvement which never goes anywhere. To survive, you have to develop a good sense of which efforts are fictitious and ignore them or decline participation.

    Advice to Management

    To the management of the company that acquires us in the future: don't keep AMD intact. Refactor it. Sort the teams into "healthy", "needs more resources", and "needs to go".


  7. "good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The engineering projects are interesting with lots of technical challenges. The work environment is also quite good with minimum politics since there are less meetings.

    Cons

    The unstable financial condition of the company is a problem since there have been layoffs in the past few years.
    The company can also provide more training for employees so employees can pick up the most advance technology.

    Advice to Management

    provide more training for employees and provide a stable financial condition for employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

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

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    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


  9. "Good Company for senior level people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work/life balance
    Good Work culture
    Competitive Salary
    Young engineers may not learn well rounded skills

    Cons

    Work not so challenging and repetitive
    Hard to move up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be proactive and make good decisions. They should stop the company going into this constant up and down cycles. They need to communicate better with the employees about the direction the company is going in and the roadmap.


  10. "Great people, technology, and work environment."

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on cutting-edge technologies; good work/life balance; nice facilities; sense of community and shared purpose among employees; good pay. Opportunities to contribute on multiple projects.

    Cons

    Perineal underdog... Company fortunes seem like a roller-coaster ride; Bonuses are hit-and-miss; More layoffs than rest of the industry.


  11. 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.