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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)

  • good communication environment, enourage to learn more and deeper, cross function learning is encouraged, flexible work time and working environment (in 2 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Increasingly mundane"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally competent management; people are made accountable for what they do or don't do

    Cons

    'Fab-light' business model leaves little room for career advancement; the factory, along with the workforce are getting mature

    Advice to Management

    think beyond the next quarter


  2. "too few people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Austin team has tons of experience.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth in the company

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people

  3. "overworked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours, average benefits

    Cons

    short of manpower, too many projects

    Advice to Management

    focus


  4. "Good place to start but no upward mobility opportunities."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is plenty to be happy about at Spansion from a business performance perspective. With positive cash flow for consecutive quarters, it is clear that the executive team (post bankruptcy) know what they are doing, however heartless and greedy they have been while doing it.

    Cons

    The manufacturing facility is aging and so is the management. There are no opportunities for growth or career progression, as the mid-management team has been set in stone for over a decade. Idle mid-"managers" do a poor job of rewarding excellence and refuse to manage out poor performers.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


  5. "Talented people, but company lacks motivation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    small team, good work, good learning,

    Cons

    no benefits, no bonus, conventional (no WFHs), longer promotion cycle, not willing to take risks at all, random shutdowns

    Advice to Management

    Management should solve their financial issues with newer and better products rather than giving employees unnecessary forced shutdowns.


  6. "slowly but surely changing for the better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - improving product portfolio by diversifying it
    - good opportunities for working on new products
    - competitive salary

    Cons

    - Financially just OK, although they have shown profit in all but one quarters since bankruptcy.
    - Not many social activities organized at work.
    - Needs some young people.

    Advice to Management

    - employees may need more motivation


  7. "Survived the bankruptcy - now what?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have had a good set of direct managers - fair and easy to work for.
    Telecommuting options.
    Very nice onsite cafeteria in Sunnyvale.
    Good benefits, focus on health, training offered/encouraged.
    Management communication is very good.
    Bonus plan.

    Cons

    After much downsizing, really not any room to grow in the department or transition to other area.
    I struggle with the lingo of a chip manufacturing company, that was not my background, so some times the corp info and training examples are all Greek to me.
    Too much forced vacation going on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating well.

  8. "not a great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Too far in the past to be accurate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues to work with and was able to create their first PMO

    Cons

    Senior Execs were turned over


  10. Helpful (1)

    "great company"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great management team with clear mission to grow the company profitably

    Cons

    still have lots of legacy; there are lots positive changes but should move even faster.

    Advice to Management

    accelerate the change


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