AMD Employee Reviews in United States

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Great people, great work environment, nice amenities
Product Development Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 28, 2016
Show up around 9 and check your email. Go to the Starbucks (on-site) and take a quick smoke break. Work and meetings until lunch. 1.5 to 2 hour lunches. Work until 5 and head out. Nice people, nice direct management, not so nice senior management. Fun team-building events. Benefits lessened over time. AMD was a great company 10 years ago when I started.
Pros
Good variety in the dining area
Cons
Expensive dining area
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Good company going through tough times
Director (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 26, 2015
AMD is a good company who has fallen on hard times. With little momentum, it will be a difficult climb to get back to where they were in the past.
Very difficult to work freely knowing they will be laying off 5 to 10 percent of the workforce every other quarter.
Pros
Competitive pay and good executive benifits, flexibility
Cons
Layoffs, culture, poor decision making at high levels, technology gaps
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Great place
Senior Demand Planner-Section Manager (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 5, 2015
alot of opportunity if you are willing to work hard!

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Productive and fun work environment; free break-room food and drink
Wafer Fabrication Technician III (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 25, 2016
A typical day entailed processing silicon wafers into microprocessors, MCUs, and Flash memory. I mastered the oxide and metal deposition areas and performed PMS on toolsets. Management was the best I had seen in 1990s. Many co-workers are from different parts of the world. The hardest part was learning all the specifications for all the toolsets and processes. The most enjoyable part was that we all felt like the company really cared about us workers. The company had bi-weekly team meetings involving brain storming and coming up with best practices from those who had worked there for decades. This led to finding better ways of doing things such as qualifications and their setup.
Pros
Great place to work
Cons
Layoffs were a constant after 1999
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Company is struggling financially and the leadership is not very effective. Low level management is hard working.
Sr. Business Process Improvement Analyst (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 4, 2015
This company is not suitable for young graduates or anyone wanting to launch their career in a stable environment. I worked in FP&A and we were especially busy during month-end and quarter end. The culture was fast paced and priorities changed constantly. Management was strong, hard-working and was under a lot of pressure.
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Started strong, but lost momentum
Market Development Manager - Desktop Processors (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 29, 2016
AMD was an exciting and fun place to work under Jerry Sanders as CEO. Once Jerry retired the new management had little interest in motivating the employees and working toward long-term goals - focusing instead on stock prices and quarterly earnings (short term gains at the expense of the company's future).
Pros
Exciting products and industry.
Cons
Became a high-stress environment with frequent layoffs that included a lot of good talent.
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Great technology, awesome coworkers, always on the verge of a turnaround, but something is horribly broken at the top.
PEO SMTS (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 3, 2016
Working at the individual contributor level can be a lot of fun at AMD, with almost unlimited options to grow your skills on some of the most interesting, advanced technology in the world. Coworkers are generally smart and capable, and there's plenty of low-hanging fruit for development projects.

Unfortunately, roadmaps and schedules are unrealistic, always assuming new products will be out sooner than possible, with unjustifiable performance, power, and yield targets, and fewer resources required to execute on the plan.
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Great people, great potential, but challenging at present
Director, Global Sales and Marketing (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 6, 2015
AMD offers a fun work environment and a history of innovation and cutting edge products. Some engineering mis-steps caused the company to become unstable in the past few years, but hopefully the expertise in engineering and the strong graphics lineup will reverse this trend soon.

The best part of being at AMD is the people that you work with. I've made some great friends and enjoy the colleagues that I work with every day.
Pros
Challenging work, good compensation, worldwide travel
Cons
matrixed environment, political atmosphere
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Open and enriching work envronment for engineers
Engineer Co-op (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 31, 2016
Aside from the cubicle layout everyting you need to develop and design is their. The culture is by far one of the greatest I have ever experienced and people love to do things in and outside of work. It is definitely a place for like and talented minds to meet and learn from one another.
Pros
Great resources and open to help you grow and learn
Cons
milestone based work can tip the balances of work to life
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Not really for Long term employment
Benefits Analyst (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 24, 2016
this company is all politics. you only get promotions by who you know and not about your performance. they downsize too frequently so you cant view this company as being long term for an employee. best if used as a pilar to learn from and move on
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Great Company
District Sales manager (Former Employee) –  Burlington, MAJuly 16, 2016
All good things to say about my 8 years at AMD working in sales for one of the most respected semiconductor companies in the world. CEO was sales driven and that benefited my postion greatly.
Pros
Sales driven company
Cons
None
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Test Engineer, Advanced System Power Modeling (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 14, 2015
I worked at an R&D site in Austin. The company offers flexible schedule and a fun environment.

Although, the fact that most new employers are contractors, have no benefits and compensation for goals achieved mixed with the job culture of people from all over the world make it a hard place to get your personal goals achieved, eventual direct hire and promotions inside the company.
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Productive and fun place to work.
ASSOCIATE SCHEDULER / LEAD OF LOGISTICS A-SHIFT (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 2, 2016
A lot of good people. The company was very family orientated. They had many parties when times were good. Profit sharing and 401k plans.
Pros
Room for advancement.
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Excellent work life balance. Company needed to do better job with marketing
Member Technical Staff (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 12, 2015
Excellent work life balance. Company needed to do better marketing. Good training with smart technical people. management listened to employees ideas and implemented as needed.
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Productive workplace.
Wafer Fab Technician III, Polish (Former Employee) –  Sunnyvale, CAJuly 8, 2016
Good learning experience. Nice benefits.
Learning pan was great. Co-workers, fun to be with.
Learned Polish processes.
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Fast-paced, productive work-place
Sr. Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 26, 2014
I worked a 10-year stint at AMD before when the company still manufactured their own products and owned their own real-estate. Competitive pressures have forced AMD to focus on chip design and chip sales only and to sale off their manufacturing and much of their real assets. As a result, the face of the company has changed and the family culture and feeling of a long-term, stable work environment is not as strong as it once was. It is still a very aggressive company with some great career opportunities available. Just feels a little uncertain these days I the halls.
Pros
great compensation, fair benefits
Cons
lots of turn-over in upper management
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This is dead company kept alive
ASIC Engineer (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONFebruary 12, 2016
Unless you are expert in something at PhD level, and you need to work in this company, dont! There are far better venues to build a career.
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Restructuring Itself to Death
Project Manger (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 28, 2015
AMD is a company that is struggling to recover, and it’s doing itself no favors by consistently laying off its employees. The culture has become one of desperation. Whether you’re new, or have been there for years, you never know when you department might be “consolidated” and your position eliminated.

The layoffs are made worse by weeks of anticipation. It’s not infrequent that the CEO will announce layoffs (internally), then allow several weeks to pass for handing down notices. During that interim, things come to a screeching halt as everyone waits to find out whether or not they still have a job. Some departments become ghost towns as layoffs approach and people begin “working” from home.

Departments that exceed quarterly projections are still subject to “restructuring.” Even success is no promise of job security.

Many employees are constantly applying to other, more stable, companies. Nothing is worse than being caught by surprise right before the Holidays.

Over time, all of this has made the culture toxic.

Job Work/Life Balance:
There is no Work/Life Balance at AMD. Employees who want to keep their jobs are forced to live at the office.

Compensation/Benefits:
Salaries are not particularly competitive, benefits are mediocre, and the likelihood of earning a bonus is zero.

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With the constant restructuring, there is very little job security. Advancement and “promotions” often happen as a result of someone else being laid off.

Management:
Not long ago, poor management and lack of vision nearly sank to company. Things have
  more... improved little since.

Job Culture:
Management likes to tout an AMD culture that doesn’t exist anymore. Employees are constantly competing with each other to keep from being the one who is laid off, and everyone is looking for a way out.
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Cons
High Stress, No Job Security, Toxic Culture, Mediocre Benefits
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A company in need of reinventing itself.
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 14, 2014
The semiconductor industry in the US is dying. The employees that are left are doing the work of 3 or 4 people to help control labor costs, so work life balance is poor. Salary is not competitive compared to other major semiconductor companies, but is well above most other technology companies in the area. There is almost always a layoff in Q4 each year. You will learn a great deal about technology and work in the forefront of high-tech.
Pros
competitive salary, opportunity to learn
Cons
poor work life balance, very little job security
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Great people, weak upper management
EMBEDDED SYSTEMS GAMING PRODUCT MANAGER (Current Employee) –  Sunnyvale, CANovember 20, 2014
Good people with great skills mostly go to waste dealing with the politics of a shrinking market and a company going thru a major restructuring more than once a year, with revolving-door upper management, but the culture is oddly friendly most of the time, and work life balance is awesome.
Pros
great co-workers, good compensation
Cons
feels like a dying company, not fun
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3.7
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