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
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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.  

    Talented people, but company lacks motivation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    small team, good work, good learning,

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should solve their financial issues with newer and better products rather than giving employees unnecessary forced shutdowns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start but no upward mobility opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    There is plenty to be happy about at Spansion from a business performance perspective. With positive cash flow for consecutive quarters, it is clear that the executive team (post bankruptcy) know what they are doing, however heartless and greedy they have been while doing it.

    Cons

    The manufacturing facility is aging and so is the management. There are no opportunities for growth or career progression, as the mid-management team has been set in stone for over a decade. Idle mid-"managers" do a poor job of rewarding excellence and refuse to manage out poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    slowly but surely changing for the better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - improving product portfolio by diversifying it
    - good opportunities for working on new products
    - competitive salary

    Cons

    - Financially just OK, although they have shown profit in all but one quarters since bankruptcy.
    - Not many social activities organized at work.
    - Needs some young people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - employees may need more motivation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Survived the bankruptcy - now what?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Have had a good set of direct managers - fair and easy to work for.
    Telecommuting options.
    Very nice onsite cafeteria in Sunnyvale.
    Good benefits, focus on health, training offered/encouraged.
    Management communication is very good.
    Bonus plan.

    Cons

    After much downsizing, really not any room to grow in the department or transition to other area.
    I struggle with the lingo of a chip manufacturing company, that was not my background, so some times the corp info and training examples are all Greek to me.
    Too much forced vacation going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Bad management, good working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spansion full-time

    Pros

    very good and friendly working environment

    Cons

    management is not so impressive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Too far in the past to be accurate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PMO Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues to work with and was able to create their first PMO

    Cons

    Senior Execs were turned over

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    not a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    1. work-life balance. for people who have kids this is a great place to work for because you can use your kids as excuse to go home early and take days off. single people can't do either of those.
    2. most people are nice people, but not all.

    Cons

    1. bad senior management. there is absolutely no (or little) respect for engineers or people who actually do the work.
    2. no career advancement. there are way too many vps and managers in this company so unless they get fired there is no way people can get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to learn to treat the employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spansion

    Pros

    Very good people to work with
    Work life balance
    Good compensation and benefit

    Cons

    Frequent lay off
    No competitive new product

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company

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

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

    Pros

    great management team with clear mission to grow the company profitably

    Cons

    still have lots of legacy; there are lots positive changes but should move even faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    accelerate the change

  11.  

    On a great trajectory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Renewed executive management team has been in control since 2009. The company is on a growth path now and investing in new memory technology as well as entirely new product categories. The company is providing employees with new and more opportunities for professional development and training. The people here are amazing - some of the smartest and nicest people I've been around.

    Cons

    Pace of change and growth could be faster. It is not friendly environment if you like to telecommute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide employees a bit more flexibility in working, like flex schedules and telecommuting options. Company is quite behind in this respect compared to other valley companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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