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"Was good in the begining..."

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Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Boxborough, MA
Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Boxborough, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Ultra High-tech firm with access to cutting edge technologies.

Health benefits exceeded the industry standard. I never paid anything except a small co-pay, even for major surgery.

Absolutely amazing colleagues. Some of the brightest minds in the world work there.

Cons

What you’re hired at was about as good as it gets. The company would consistently hire very senior level people, at very competitive salaries, and then assign them a title that would limit their potential for receiving any significant form of raise. Most often the salary increases wouldn’t even cover increases in cost of living (not good for a long term career). Often when referring people into he company we would inform them to only accept a position if the company agreed to change the title to a higher level, thus forcing them to be hired at the bottom of the salary range with room for salary increases.

The Information Technology teams were re-organized SIX TIMES from the beginning of 2010 to the latter half of 2012. By the end the staff was “siloed” into groups based on very specific functions, and none of these groups communicated well. This made it impossible to complete any project. By the end of this time it was common to say “If you don’t like what you’re doing, just wait two months”.

If you are not located in Austin, TX then you will often get overlooked (referred to internally as “Good ole Boy Syndrome”)

There is a major lack of focus from upper management (Director up), and middle management is horribly overworked (promotion to management was considered a death sentence).

Advice to Management

Focus!!!

Other Employee Reviews for AMD

  1. "Product Development"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries are high, promotions are at reasonable pace, collaborative work environment, good products, used to have good talented design engineers

    Cons

    Shrinking, poor top management decisions, missed the handheld and ultra mobile markets, some decisions are made by slow wide consensus, rather than by a few competent people, too much emphasis on cost reduction at the expense of quality, too many VPs, 3X more than Intel but 1/8 of Intel's size.

    Advice to Management

    Revert to expanding R&D especially in the hand held and ultra mobile market, stop outsourcing design and product development, put more emphasis on customer service and satisfaction.


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    "The absolute worst company you can ever work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company had a good family culture for a while but soon faded when the lack of roadmap and the constant back stabbing of people within your organization happens when the try to protect their own jobs

    Cons

    Everything after 2011 was a complete disaster. Only look at this place if you are willing to work for a 1.5 year stint otherwise you will have a target on your head for layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to get a clue on how to keep this company afloat.

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