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Awesome Experience, Very Good Internship

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Former Intern - Post Silicon Hardware Validation in Markham, ON
Former Intern - Post Silicon Hardware Validation in Markham, ON

I worked at AMD as an intern (more than a year)

Pros

-friendly and knowledgeable people
-you feel your work effect the company, even though it is a large company
-you gain a tremendous amount of knowledge
-laid back atmosphere between projects
-a computer enthusiasts dream workplace
-a lot of expensive high-tech equipment you would otherwise never see or use

Cons

-can be difficult to obtain full-time status in some teams (fairly rare problem though)
-like most companies, resources are stretched thin, mainly too much work over too few people, or unrealistic timelines
-some teams have a constant cycling of contractors and some knowledge is inevitably lost and/or time is spent getting new hires up to speed (limited to only some teams too)

-experience widely depends on department*

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-be careful how many projects you try to assign teams to work on simultaneously, employees have tended to get burnt out when this happens

Recommends
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No opinion of CEO

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    Has seen better times...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is that you will be surrounded by and may get to work on leading edge technologies. If your only passion in life is computers, this may be the company for you.

    Cons

    Long hours, no overtime pay, blatant sexism and favoritism, yearly layoffs. Power struggles between the CPU and GPU (former ATI) divisions. Very difficult to get ahead in this company since it is in such a competitive industry and struggling to survive. Management don't want you to move forward, because they are stuck in their positions...some of them just sit there playing computer games all day, waiting for there package.

    Borrowing this from a September 4, 2012 review...
    "Psychopaths who cannot manage their emotions and don't know how to behave in professional environments. Everyone will try to assert what little authority they have over you."
    Read the September 4th review...very accurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much money is being wasted on too many executive level staff ( senior VPs, corporate VPs, General Managers etc.) and HR s/w changes. Remember it is the little people that do the real work. Simplify the command structure and set up a real training program that allows people to progress, in stead of the outlines that don't do no one any good. Get employee feedback on the managers as often as the managers give feedback on the employees.

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

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Markham, ON

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent technology and IP
    - Solid pay
    - Quite a few bright engineers
    - Great work-life balance

    Cons

    - Management cancels projects at a whim, in spite of several months of man effort. Lots of management churn which inhibits the efforts put forth in engineering
    - Poor financial results magnified by an inability to execute (every single losing quarter is blamed on "a bad market"); compensate by undeservedly laying off low-level workers for damage control
    - Inability to draw up and stick to a sustainable roadmap; don't know how to navigate to where the market is going (i.e. ARM, mobile)
    - Ethnic groups tend to display favoritism within themselves. Everyone else is on their own.
    - Software development tools and ERP are sub-par
    - No commitment to innovation, due to the fact that everyone is usually overburdened with delivering existing projects on time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Quite simply, don't talk the talk, walk the walk; execute. Morale among the engineers is at an all-time low, please do not waste the tremendous technical talent at your disposal.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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