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Awesome Experience, Very Good Internship

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

I worked at AMD as an intern (more than an 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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    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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    Sweat shop with politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Lots of very great teams here. From a technical standpoint, there is a lot to learn from the people here. If you work hard and don't ask a lot of questions, this is a great place with good pay.

    Cons

    Job security is an issue with layoffs happening every 6 months. A lot of middle management is actually promoted from tech backgrounds so their mgmt skills are virtually non-existent. This create interesting team dynamics and lets internal politics to run rampant in most teams and also within the company as a whole. AMD itself needs to change its image and start marketing itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't assume a designer that has worked for 10 years is an automatic manager. Look beyond the resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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