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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 for 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
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 for 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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    Friendly work atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Technologist  in  Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Technologist in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    Co-workers worked well as team.
    Interesting work to do.

    Cons

    No career advancement help in the early 90's and 2000's. Think it maybe better now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employees express interest in furthering their career with your company, then it should be encouraged not discouraged.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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