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Spansion Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are (in 11 reviews)

  • Great team working across all departments (onshore and offshore) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • In bankruptcy the executive team was replaced with great motivated members (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Need better management."

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn. Good for new grad to learn here.

    Cons

    Stock and finance is too bad.

    No good recolonization to employees.

    Industry is in very tough time.

    Advice to Management

    Need improve management. There are many places to improve the company and make it profitable.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company in need of competent executive leadership and some bridge financing"

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is an excellent can-do attitude among almost all employees that fosters innovation and pockets of operational excellence. Particularly in low-cost in-house manufacturing and customer responsiveness, the company does quite well

    Cons

    The CEO, Bertrand Cambou, does not apply analytical rigor when making important business decisions. He will bankrupt the company if left in place. The balance sheet is weak, making it uncertain whether the company will be able to survive the current downturn.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve internal business decision management. We have to get the big decisions--builiding SP1, buying Saifun, suing Samsung--right if the company has any chance to ride out the downturn with our terrible balance sheet.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Spansion, a slow but sure death"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Spansion is a great company to work for if you enjoy having time off and not working due to shutdowns, mandatory forced leaves, and layoffs. Thus if you need more time to spend with the kids, a bickering wife, want to take parttime classes, or enjoy working a parttime job, then it's a great place to work. Promotions are on pace with those of other companies although management may vary. You can totally get away with not doing much work and just browsing internet all day as there is not much demand for flash chips these days. Thus you will have ample time to search for other jobs while you wait to be laid off!

    Cons

    Downsides include little job security, paycuts, forced leaves, bad food, no bonus, poor management, low morale, no young employees, low stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to really understand the needs of its employees. Decisions are made regardless of employee input. There is absolutely NO transparency. When things go bad, managements needs to communicate issues right away rather than wait and layoff people without much notice.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Iron Stomach (and Closed Mouth) Required to Work Here"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I can't deny it - I am well-paid.

    Cons

    Your vacation time is held hostage by market fluctuations in that you are told when you can and cannot take your vacation. A benefit promised to you can be taken away at any time.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going on a "money-saving" spree, make it worthwhile and lasting. Truly evaluate how many employees are needed to get a job done. In many cases there are far too many do-nothings and hard-working employees are let go to "save money". In truth it would be cheaper to retain 5 hard-workers and let go of 10 "cheaper" workers. Review your HR department. Those with serious management concerns cannot even get their e-mails responded to by HR.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Spansion: a company of the brink"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Most Middle managers take an interest in their direct reports and want everyone to succeed. Rank and file employees care about doing a good job and trying to make a good name for the company.

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't seem to understand the current market well enough to guide the company in the right direction. There is confusion on what project should be continued and those that should be cut. It's also questionable as to whether their core technology has what it takes to meet future market needs.

    Advice to Management

    Now that there have been massive layoffs at the company: stabilize the environment for the staff that is left; formulate a competent strategy and communicate it to all employees so that they understand what the company is going to do and how they are a part of the plan.


  6. "Incompetent Management"

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    Former Employee - International Manufacturing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - International Manufacturing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most employees are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Some of the managers are disrespectful of those employees working for them. Frequent use of intimidation method. Very seldom give recognition or praise for a work well done.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a survey to gather the feedback from employees the performance of management. Take the necessary actions to make improvement on areas identified from feedback.


  7. "The Titanic"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience: Spinning off from AMD, going public, building a company from the ground up- all great experiences.

    Cons

    Based on recent decisions, the new management team appears to only be interested in how they personally can profit. Long term, hard working and talented employees were terminated by management who appeared to care very little about their past contributions, in a very uncaring way.

    Advice to Management

    It is very unfortunate that you are treating this company and the employees with such a lack of respect and concern.

  8. "Lackluster"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In general, salary or compensation, in terms of base salary, was competitive. Also, the majority of the technical colleagues were generally intelligent and motivated.

    Cons

    Company was consistently unprofitable for a very long time. That disaffected the opportunity for extra compensation in terms of bonus payments. Strategic direction from upper management also appeared to be unclear, as projects were started and abandoned many times.

    Advice to Management

    More strategic focus is needed. Management needs a better job of understanding the competitive and technological landscape, drivers, and evolution in order to place the correct bets for the success of the enterprise.


  9. "One cog in the big machine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Immediate middle managers are respectful to engineers. Work life balance is decent. Immediate team and coworkers feel like a close knit family. Pay is ok. Do a good enough job to be useful to your boss and they will keep you around and give you job security. Spansion is open to switching your role within the company if you are dissatisfied with the current one and want to try something different.

    Cons

    High level executives at vp level view engineers as expendable labor. They manage with negative feedback and like to instill fear among employees. The company culture is all about making aggressive deadlines set by upper management and causing engineers to sacrifice quality of their work. Each department is pit against each other with their own agendas/deadlines so there are inter-dept conflicts. Not much room to grow within a role. It has a big company feel where you will only be working on one portion of a project and feel like just a cog in the machine.

    Advice to Management

    To the upper executives. Try ruling with positive feedback. Motivate employees with something other then fear and minimize any abusive yelling.


  10. "not a great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. work-life balance. for people who have kids this is a great place to work for because you can use your kids as excuse to go home early and take days off. single people can't do either of those.
    2. most people are nice people, but not all.

    Cons

    1. bad senior management. there is absolutely no (or little) respect for engineers or people who actually do the work.
    2. no career advancement. there are way too many vps and managers in this company so unless they get fired there is no way people can get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    need to learn to treat the employees with respect.


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