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"Hire and Fire mindset"

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Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Some very talented and intelligent engineers that were great to work with

Cons

Management completely screwed up with constant thrashing of projects and no clear direction that they are taking the company, if they continue this way they will not survive.
Hire and fire mindset, fire employees to make the financials look good then months later hiring again. Very shady, I know of a woman that was on maternity leave and was laid off.

Advice to Management

Come up with a concrete plan/direction and stick to it.

Other Employee Reviews for AMD

  1. Helpful (1)

    "You can't make money when your products continue being late to the market."

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    Current Employee - Staff Compatibility Testing Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Compatibility Testing Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When AMD is focused on a program, funding is always available to support it. If you need resources to complete a program, they are generally made available. If you are interested in learning everything there is to know about semiconductors, software development, and computer architecture, AMD provides you with more than enough opportunity.

    Cons

    Layoff after layoff for the last 6 years. Staff reductions are typically 10 - 15% each year. Awards and promotions are typically reserved for Management level and above. It's almost impossible to advance out of a technician position and if you do, it takes at least 10 years. Management does not interact with employees outside of their individual groups and they are always trying to protect their positions - often at the expense of their subordinates.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to protect your job and trust in your employees to deliver. If you are not helping to promote your subordinates, you are not a good manager. A good manager will train their employees to take over their position because they are also working at advancing. If you are still doing the same thing 3 years later, you are not only failing yourself, you are denying your employees opportunity to grow.


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    "Lack of leadership and management at the Director level and below."

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good, smart, hard working people
    Nice facility

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    Lack of management
    Lack of team building
    Too many levels of management
    Too many exec managers/directors building kingdoms
    Lack of business process and too much tribal knowledge running the company

    Advice to Management

    I like the CEO and want to believe that he is taking the company in the right direction.
    -Management needs to focus on their people and realize that the people are their number one asset. A managers job is to create the right environment for their people to succeed. This includes providing the value, direction, leadership, coaching, training, tools, improvements and a genuine dedication for their team. It's not about the manager succeeding it's about the team succeeding at all levels.
    -Focus on execution and the leadership at the working level. Good people will do good things with the right direction and leadership.
    -Align the product development with an achievable business cycle. Get started earlier if needed.
    -Focus on completing a high quality tape out on time. In other words don't push the risk later in development. Pushing risk later in development is like landing a plane at the far end of the runway, it's not a good outcome.
    -Here is a quote from a very talented and hard working engineer. " We worked very hard and still did not make any money. Apple made HUGE money and I know they did not work as hard as we did." Good people want to contribute and make an impact but will eventually get burned out. AMD has good people don't burn them out, show them your support.
    -I'm still a stock holder and want to see the company succeed in a big way and not just for me.

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