Spansion Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
109 Reviews
2.7
109 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
54 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also, there was a good work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The employees seem to have diminishing faith and confidence in the company because of numerous lay-offs (in 5 reviews)

  • no benefits, no bonus, conventional (no WFHs), longer promotion cycle, not willing to take risks at all, random shutdowns (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A company culture that promotes respect and cooperation.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Spansion full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Constantly innovating technology. Very focused on customer satisfaction. Always willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    Very slow to change the things that don't work. Lots of resistance from old timers. Does not seen to have consequences for bad actions or decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The reality on the ground seems very different from what upper management sees. Like they are sheltered from the truth. Need more honest middle managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's an OK company to work for but they pay new hires better than long-term employees

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Insurance is about the only good thing anymore

    Cons

    Each individual is doing the work of 4 people and more is being asked from them every quarter. Cost cutting has gotten ridiculous with the age of the equipment - it has to be fixed or replaced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people who have stuck it out all these years, went to school and got the degree that was asked of them and attended all classes given by the company and adhered to their rules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Could be better!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spansion

    Pros

    Smart Management, good people, and pay is okay.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, very process oriented, and very little to no internal growth opportunities

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resource Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Spansion full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice, campus is clean.

    Cons

    Management overall is horrible, especially around finance and HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative coworkers, good pay, reasonable expectations, excellent manager. I am allowed to do my job without much meddling from others. There is a high level of trust. Likewise, I trust my managers to do what's right.

    Cons

    Honestly, not much. I have held a number of jobs in this industry. I guess the only thing I can say is less than stellar HR, seems like it's outsourced, but the limited contact I have with HR, this is no big deal. We no longer have mandated time off and that's good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus on what we do well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer

    I worked at Spansion full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to relax. Good culture. Not work pressure

    Cons

    Did get much from working there...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It is ok company

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Peoples working here are friendly

    Cons

    there are many changes in last several years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Spansion as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Staffs are friendly and casual. Workload is less and not required to work OT.There's a gym and you can go whenever you want.

    Cons

    Bad training scheme, you have to pick everything up by your own. Managers are busy and do not have extra time to teach you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic for very many years but too many layoffs

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    Former Employee - Module Shift Manager  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Module Shift Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Spansion full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are. Mature systems in a mature fab and everything is in full production mode. Lots of very intelligent, creative engineering talent here. Everybody there knows their job and do it exceptionally well. CEO did a remarkable job post bankruptcy especially keeping the company profitable.

    Cons

    Echo what somebody else said about little to no opportunities for growth in management specifically. Every upper level manager has been there for several years making it difficult for anybody to take those positions. Aging work force although not sure if that's a bad thing. Bonuses were an interesting exercise in futility. There didn't seem to be much visibility to what exactly needed to be done to get them. Forced distribution for employee ranking (quarterly and annually), while a common thing for most companies, didn't make much sense for a company that already had an extremely lean work force. They've gutted so many employees that most of the "low performers" were really average performers that just got screwed by the idea that a company has to have 10-15% of the employees be ranked into the lowest performance tier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the forced distribution. There's not much point in gutting the company any more. Bring in and mentor younger talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If you can make your manager happy, you get promoted quickly and paid well.

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    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People are very nice here.
    Pay is good for Sr. level and above.

    Cons

    Stressful, no work life balance. A lot of politics. CEO seems don't care about his employees, too many cuts. High turn-over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are the most valuable assets of a company. That's the reason why a lot of startups do well at the begining, then fall apart when the top management gets greedier and greddier.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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