Final year Computer Engineering student from Ryerson University
PEY at GPU Memory Controller (Former Employee), Markham, ON – December 19, 2014
I am a 4th year Computer Engineering student from Ryerson University, who has a strong passion for computer/mobile/embedded system technologies.
I have a strong programming background and fluent in languages – more... such as C, C++, Objective C, and Java, having already received an internship as a PEY engineer (2013-2014), where I primarily focused on debugging GPU memory with scripts. I gained hands on experience working in both a fast pace team and independently. – less
Pros: the empowerment to make worldwide decisions and see results/rewards in market
Cons: global markets are different -what may work in one region may not work in another.
A typical day consists of: - both planned and unplanned activities/tasks/issues - global cross-functional meetings and/or presentations - overall meetings (back-to-back) during the day and in the evenings – more...
I learned: - to manage my time and deliver multiple deliverables in a short period of time (mega-tasking) as industry is very fast paced - to manage conflict and work with a diverse set of personalities - to effectively lead professionals
Management: - overall upper management is high-level due to the nature of a global organization putting more accountability and decision making on Managers and their employees
Co-Workers: - highly intelligent professionals in the technology industry - very diverse educational background - very unique personalities
Hardest part of the job: - the sheer amount and pace of work due to the global nature of the products and the centralization of Marketing at Headquarters
Most enjoyable part of the job: - due to the global nature of the product and the type of industry you never know what to expect on a day-to-day basis allowing for the opportunity for innovative and creative solutions – less
Senior Business Development Manager (Current Employee), Markham ON – November 24, 2014
The constant layoffs have gotten the organization to the bone, with a lot of good people leaving voluntarily for greener pastures. The people are good, but the constant lack of resources makes it hard – more... to get things done are priorities keep changing and budgets are cut. Hope the new CEO will turn things around, as at least she should be more suited to really grow the company more than the the previous one. – less
AMD is a culture of paranoia and security, caught up in the hype of corporate security. After giving my particulars to an investigation firm in Fort Worth, Texas, for a background check, my gmail reported – more... that someone had tried to access it from, wait for it, you guessed it, Fort Worth, Texas. As a contractor I was assigned a cubicle on my first day but no computer. After a week or so they cobbled together a workstation from an old computer and tiny monitor, which makes technical writing and diagrams very difficult. Another thing I noticed is that they retain some of the longest employee relationships in the software business. I met a number of engineers (non-management) who had been there 15 years or longer. That is highly unusual for an industry that thrives on cross-pollination of experience by both work and work culture, and the people who seem to stay have that same sort of disposition you find in career civil servants, burned out, no creativity, no passion, and a broken spirit, like house trained animals. This is the worst company I have ever worked for in 17 years experience in software and telecommunications. I would not wish it on anyone. – less
Software Quality Assurance (Former Employee), Markham, ON – March 14, 2014
Pros: great place to work and excellant co-workers
Implemented the process of Hardware Pre-qualification for Asics – This became the standard testing procedure for new hardware Created and maintained test plans for the SQA organization SQL Data Mining – more... with Excel reports and PowerPoint presentations Responsible for reproducing issues from FAE / OEM customers Executed manual test plans using Web-base Test Director Reporting of defects and bugs using Remedy System Responsible for codec’s and video copy protection testing Assisted Continuation Engineers on software debugging Specialized in the testing of various multimedia hardware / software in web software environment Effectively managed team by delegating testing, adjusting test matrixes to meet deadlines and maintain quality assurance standards Defined process deficiencies in current QA testing and address issues to managers, directors, marketing, and development teams Responsible for successfully coordinating the implementation and management of the off shore QA team in India Responsible for writing daily / weekly reports, and documenting numerous release test plans to be approved by management – less
Senior System Design Engineer (Current Employee), markham ontario – September 10, 2013
Pros: -Good Technology and learning opportunity -Above average salary -Good talent pool
Cons: -Top management is average not visionary, reactive instead of proactive -Some of the managers are abusive and some seniors are political and lazy who are experienced in exploiting the junior engineers -Innovation is usually not rewarded enough for a world class corporation
SMTS DV Team Lead (Former Employee), Markham, ON – August 14, 2013
Pros: senior ati people still there - some great people
Cons: the company seems rudderless
ATI used to be a great place to work. After AMD carved it up and took over the desktop graphics, it seems a lot of the spirit of ATI disappeared. The work was challenging, and I wish I had stayed long – more... enough to get a real feel for it, and for how management has changed since the AMD takeover, but I was around at a time when they were changing CEOs practically every other week. When the new guy came in, they famously laid off several thousand people, and I got culled before I really had a chance to dig in. The rumor is that they go through hiring binges and then soon after go through purges. Many of the senior staff are very frustrated with the situation. – less
TECHNOLOGIST (Former Employee), Markham, ON – May 8, 2013
Pros: free gym membership
Cons: employee appreciation
Good place, with great people. Workload based on product release cycles (busy sometimes and quiet other times). Flexible work hours though and the company does their best to improve through employee surveys.