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Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

Pros

Company culture is great, and work is full of challenge, while there are some chances to do what you want to do. The cafeteria is also nice.

Cons

The PC market is getting challenge from tablet and cellphone. Fushion is coming late. Company_level management need to be more insight.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Was good in the begining...

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    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Boxborough, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Boxborough, MA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Incredibly poor management

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    AMD has (or had) great individual contributors - engineers, MTS etc. For engineers, its easy to stand out by leading initiatives independently. If management was supportive, these guys can churn out products to beat Intel, but frequent roadmap changes lead to products being cancelled, leading to dissatisfaction.

    There is a great work-life balance, office is almost empty after 6 p.m. and no one cares about what time you come in as long as you get the work done.

    Cons

    -There is no long-term plan by management. Everyone misses Dirk Meyer.
    -Reorganizations happen almost every year, layoffs happen once in 15 months.
    -A lot of the mid-senior managers are unqualified.
    -Bonuses are rare.
    -Software division is treated as expendable even though there are a lot of really great engineers there. Lots of politics among the senior managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the useless managers instead of the engineers. This company is just a shadow of the AMD of the 2005-06. Also, stop with the useless acquisitions and splits that cost a lot of $, better used for creating products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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