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AMD Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  • Best work/life balance of any tech company I've worked for (in 192 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company but not so great future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people (peers and Directors), great benefits especially health, good cafeteria on site, Starbucks on site, paid vacation (15 days)

    Cons

    Executives lack strategic outlook, process are not efficient, it takes extraordinary effort to achieve ordinary results, financial future is bleak

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Executive management: stop reorging the company, instead look at the business decisions you are making and stop doing what you have been doing because clearly it is not working


  2. "Good place to work at."

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    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities and excellent teams.

    Cons

    Not doing very good right now.

  3. "excellent place to work"

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    Current Intern - Co-Op Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - Co-Op Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AMD as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people
    Reasonable hours
    No expectation to work on the weekend... The parking lot is empty on Saturday and Sunday.
    Benefits for interns, e.g. health and dental insurance at heavily subsidized rates
    Gym on site with some free classes

    Cons

    Does not have startup culture if that's your thing.
    Almost no free food.

    Advice to Management

    Product marketing and software support for the hardware products could be better.
    Need to bring in more youthful talent to revitalize the workplace.


  4. "CPU Cores Verification intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Co-Op Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Co-Op Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teammates and reporting managers have very good technical and interpersonal skills. They are kind and very helpful. Hiring managers are also friendly and very approachable. Not much work pressure in general. Interns/co-ops are given a lot of responsibility, so they get to learn a lot. It's a great place for beginners and new college grads to learn about architecture and micro-architecture of state-of-the-art CPUs.

    Cons

    The company has been struggling financially since 2014. It also lost a lot of market share in PC and server CPU markets to Intel. It has been in a huge financial debt since a few years. Due to some poor decisions by senior management and fabrication screw-ups by Global Foundries has caused the company's poor performance in the CPU markets in the recent years.

    Advice to Management

    It would be a good idea to increase the size of the design and verification teams so that the design cycles become shorter and products get launched without unnecessary delays.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Worked at AMD for 6 years..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People were alright, nothing much to add here.

    Cons

    Company lost it's vision. Stock is tanking. Luckily I haven't been laid off yet. This company is in real trouble, I advise not buying AMD anytime soon as there has been a lot of chatter in the board room about AMD dropping it's GPU division and taking a huge loss. Morale is horrible right now and things are looking very grim. Also, Becky, if you're reading this, Dave has been steeling your lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Too late for advice. Start looking for another job. Luckily I already have a gig lined up.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Depressing"

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

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

    Pros

    Not really any as they have fallen so far behind every other semiconductor company….it's sad to see a company that once cherished its position as the underdog who kept coming through with innovation to compete with Intel fall into malaise.

    Cons

    Depressing, no time to innovate, no time to think, all decisions are about cost and how to stay alive in the short term.


  7. "average company"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Base is good,people are nice

    Cons

    No Stocks, future is not clear

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Buy out the only way - if some company is stupid enough to buy!"

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    Current Employee - SMTS Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - SMTS Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMD full-time

    Pros

    Expectations are pretty low for you, since most smart people either left or let off. That is, if you don't ask for promotion or compensation adjustments or bonuses.

    Cons

    Old people. Old ideas. To be promoted, you should have been with the company for a long time and know the old-timers. Brown-nose the old guard: you will get promoted even almost every other year, even in these tough times. I am now looking outside. In the eight years, I worked here, I got a manager finally who I thought knew what we were doing. Recently the management let him go! He was modern in his style and was very innovative. I thought I had started enjoying work despite the financial conditions. The guy knew how to make remote employees work. He always went fighting for his engineers. But one day I came to work and I was told he had been let off! Now I am looking outside. But feels sad to leave because I love what I have been doing here. And, in Markham where I work, there is no other competing business. I am so damned with this management we are considering relocating now.

    Advice to Management

    Your Directors, Sr Directors are screwing up the company. Get them under control to start with a good turn around! Cut more but cut smart.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    US-based company, provides lots of training to ensure personal development.

    Cons

    Not applicable in terms of work culture. But only uncertainty of market response could cause insecure.


  10. "General Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Accountant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - General Accountant in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Sabbatical, 6 weeks every 7 years.

    Cons

    Long work hours when the books are being closed.


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