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Spansion Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
Spansion – Austin – “Spansion B4”

Spansion – Austin – “Spansion B4”
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.7 105 reviews

66% Approve of the CEO

Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert

John H. Kispert

(50 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 9 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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    A disappointing, dishonest and exploitative employer

    Product Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    Pros- A selection of on-line training courses are available on the company intranet
    - Colleagues at the same or lower level in the company hierarchy are generally helpful
    - Spansion is a fast-moving company and has interesting technology to work on

    Cons- Continual and regular (every 18 months) lay-offs make this company a poor career choice. This leads to a culture of everyone being fearful to make important decisions, in case they are the next to be made redundant.
    - For a technology company, investment in engineering and supporting the technical growth of engineering staff comes as an afterthought. Spansion is driven by a short-term desire to achieve quarterly fiscal targets, and little else. Long-range, future-orientated planning is non-existent.
    - Be extremely cautious and wary of any promises or incentives made to try to get you to 'sign-up' during the interview process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut the interests of the company before your own!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Spansion gave me the foundation of a lifetime in Semiconductor Manufacturing

    Engineering (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsManagement gives Engineers freedom to develop their careers in an exciting facility.

    ConsNo longer an international experience after Fujitsu split.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpansion's management team is very knowledgeable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Reasonable work life balance. Average compensation.

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    ProsReasonable work life balance. Average compensation and benefits.

    Consa lot of cost cutting measures, which generally leads to reduction in work force.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I had fun working with the people there

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFast Paced environment with good people

    ConsNo room for advancement within

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your underlings more

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    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    ProsWork Opportunity is given to some employees
    Upper management provides updates on the company on a regular basis.
    Learning curve is steep. Good for those who wants to learn new things

    ConsNot many chances of career advancement
    Very strict, no flexibility within the department n also HR
    Layoffs is a norm. Unstable industry
    Promises made by management never fulfilled.
    Banned Skype in the office

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll is said above. They should care more about their employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    lacks direction, still carries the baggage of its AMD days

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI cannot think of a single pro

    Cons- very low compensation
    - no career growth
    - too much politics, everybody just wants to watch out for their own fiefdoms
    - managers are appointed by seniority, not ability to 'manage'

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I didn't enjoy working for this company

    Chemist (Former Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsI have not Pros for this company

    ConsThey don't seem to run their business smartly

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    When the going gets tough, Spansion kicks out the best

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsGreat place to learn new skills, minimum supervision

    ConsWhen the going gets tough, Spansion employees get RIFed while higher ups get bonuses or small pay cuts

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of laying off people, employees should be sent for training so that then the market turns around, the employees are even more knowledgeable

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    friendly colleagues but there is no job security

    Product Engineer II (Former Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    Prosgood working culture,
    good place to learn

    Consjob security is tied with market demand

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Increasingly mundane

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsGenerally 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 Senior Managementthink beyond the next quarter

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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