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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Shooting itself on the foot"

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    Former Employee - SMTS Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - SMTS Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Like many reviews before point out, there is a good life-work balance. Be careful though because many individuals interpreted the very same thing in a more negative way (lack of ambition, schedules are rarely observed, ...).

    -There is a very positive consequence of not being a successful company: people tend to be more grounded than in other tech companies. The constant chaos results in workers that understand what the important things in life really are, and understand that most of them happen outside of the workplace.

    -Strangely enough, you can get promoted fairly quickly (by elimination, everyone leaves but you), which may help out when you move to the next job

    Cons

    -The company is a mess. Upper management is there just to collect the $ and have no real intention to turn around the company (for starters, google "AMD Rasgon bonuses" and click on the Yahooo article)

    -Employees are treated like idiots. We are promised a never-ending list of things that are oh-just-around-the-corner and never happen: more share in emerging markets, the emergence of a semi-custom business (fancy way to describe two game console wins), gaining market share back from NVIDIA (according to Lisa Su in 2014 "there is no reason why AMD's graphics share should not be 50%", it now stands below 30%), and so on. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me (and then I leave)

    -Constant layoffs plus attrition = scarce engineering talent. It is very difficult for AMD to come up with good products considering the amount of good people who left, and the fact that they have been replaced by so-so engineers since top talent will land elsewhere

    -Morale is low. The parking lot is almost empty by 6.30pm. You meet strangers and five minutes they are openly making fun of the company. The ex-CEO is laid off and given $5M in cash but people do not see any salary raise when they are promoted.

    -As the result of all of the above, AMD's technology understandably is way behind, which results on a death spiral: less revenues -> more losses -> more layoffs -> products are delayed -> products are no attractive by the time they hit the market -> less revenues

    Advice to Management

    Sell the graphics division before it loses too much value. And please do not come up with new slogans ("AMD Way", "the last 5%", "Determined")


  2. Helpful (3)

    "My car title, house title, you review title. I haven't had coffee yet."

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Immediate supervisors were top notch. Salaries used to be competitive.

    Cons

    Bad management decisions, on several occasions.
    Bad management decisions. Bad, bad, bad.....

    Advice to Management

    Too late. Too Late. Too Late. 2 late. to late. 22 late. later


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to senior leadership, diversity, networking.

    Cons

    AMD has been laying off people constantly because of restructuring. Not a good place to start a long-term career.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not hire if you can't afford.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Strategic Alliance and Partner Engagement Manager"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Alliance and Partner Engagement Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Strategic Alliance and Partner Engagement Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It used to be an innovative and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Downfall of the company is primarily caused due to poor decisions by upper management. Unfortunately they are immune from layoffs and still continue to earn fat paychecks.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Once was People-First, now is Please-The-Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to develop new methodologies. Generally not a micromanaged culture. they try to allow telework and/or WFH options.

    Cons

    Lots of fire drills done just to make pretty pictures for executives, at the cost of value-added work. Poor management and financial commitments made without consulting those who will do the work are leading to unworkable projects that can't be fixed in the budget we have.
    They are also cutting benefits right and left, and not giving raises or bonuses like they used to.
    shrinking career opportunities, limited training.

    Advice to Management

    Consult with the engineers prior to making financial committments. Don't make commitments based on what will look pretty, make decisions on data.


  7. "Outlook=bad"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any that would be considered a pro.

    Cons

    Vision of company is not sustainable.

    Advice to Management

    Find a buyer


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Talent Pool Decreasing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMD full-time

    Pros

    A good place to start out in semiconductor industry.

    Cons

    Management lacks judgment in recruiting new talent. Witnessed many technically-challenged recruits brought in to man senior engineering positions, thus breeding discontent among the seasoned but reticent engineers. Compensation does not commensurate with work.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your engineers and weed out the engineers that do not possess skills and survive only on others' advice at work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Salary, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Worst Senior Executives drive AMD down the drain


  10. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people on my team are top notch team players;
    - Work is engaging;
    - Immediate manager enables innovation and is open to ideas about work, process, methodology

    Cons

    - Top leadership scrambling to find traction and differentiation in a commodity pc/server market;
    - Dr. Su has done her best to spell out direction and was handed a tough assignment of turning the ship 180 degrees to a direction we had pursued in the past (pc/server market). Situation sounds fraught with risk.
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    Advice to Management

    - Ensure that communication about direction stays clear
    - Keep the spirit of innovation alive;
    - Find a way to regain profitability, without taking actions that erode employee morale


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Org in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Org in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The compensation is mostly competitive.

    Cons

    Management. Such a poorly run company. There is zero accountability at executive level for teamwork, results, prioritization, much of anything really. As with most publicly traded companies, upper management cannot see or think past the current fiscal quarter.

    Advice to Management

    Try taking responsibility for results, instead of perpetually turning every bump in the road into an opportunity to reduce headcount.



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