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Fast-paced, fun and innovative industry to work in
MANAGER, PRODUCT MARKETING (Current Employee), Markham, OntarioDecember 18, 2014
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

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 – more... 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
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Good people but severely resource constrained
Senior Business Development Manager (Current Employee), Markham ONNovember 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 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 – more... really grow the company more than the the previous one. – less
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Good Corporate Environment
Section Manager (Former Employee), Markham, ONNovember 5, 2014
New Technologies, Good Corporate Environment, Very friendly Co-workers. Flex Hours, Cafeteria, GYM on site.
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Great Place To Work
System Validation Engineer II, High End Graphics (Current Employee), Markham, ONJuly 29, 2014
Great work environment. Challenging projects but very helpful team.
Late hours work is almost a necessity
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Nice place to work
Analog I/O Functional Design (Former Employee), Toronto, ONJune 8, 2014
Pros: free on-site gym, large cafeteria, work from home
Cons: lacks excitement, redundant
Friendly people and work environment
Opportunity to learn new things
Many different teams
Diverse work force
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worst company to work for
Senior Writer API (Former Employee), Markham, ONMay 10, 2014
Cons: cheap, secretive, paranoid, political, stagnant, stitled
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 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 – more... 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
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high demand work place
Software Quality Assurance (Former Employee), Markham, ONMarch 14, 2014
Pros: great place to work and excellant co-workers
Cons: downsizing
 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 with Excel reports and PowerPoint presentations
 Responsible for reproducing issues from FAE / OEM customers
 Executed manual test plans using – more... 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
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very productive, fun and lots of learning
Senior Prod. Dev. Engineer (Former Employee), markhamFebruary 27, 2014
Nice place to learn and progress with balanced work culture. Nice management, yet need more visionary product range.
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Good Company
Design Verification Engineer Intern (Former Employee), Markham, ONNovember 10, 2013
Talary is pretty good and a lot to learn, but layoff is too often.
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Not Bad
Design Verification Engineer Intern (Former Employee), Markham, ONNovember 3, 2013
Good opportunity to learn stuffs. Pay is pretty good. But lay-off is too often.
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Above avarage but not world class
Senior System Design Engineer (Current Employee), markham ontarioSeptember 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 – more... class corporation – less
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Sad to see what ATI has become
SMTS DV Team Lead (Former Employee), Markham, ONAugust 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 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 – more... 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
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It is not as effective and productive as it should be.
Senior Analog Engineer (Current Employee), Markham, ONJuly 26, 2013
Company is in the middle of transition.
No one knows when they will get laid off.
Low job security.
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Good place to work, has a free gym!
TECHNOLOGIST (Former Employee), Markham, ONMay 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.
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A great company with excellent employees
Senior Product Design Engineer (contractor) (Former Employee), Markham, ONFebruary 17, 2013
AMD is a great company. The management is perfect, the employees are excellent.
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Learning Environment but no job security
(AMD) (Advanced System Power Intern) (Former Employee), Markham, ONJanuary 10, 2013
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: long work days
It is a good company to work for but unfortunately the company is not doing well financially so job security is not guaranteed.
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Learning Environment but no job security
(AMD) (Advanced System Power Intern) (Former Employee), Markham, ONJanuary 10, 2013
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: long work days
It is a good company to work for but unfortunately the company is not doing well financially so job security is not guaranteed.
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Digital /analog display Technology
Senior Electrical Characterization Engineer (Former Employee), Markham, ONNovember 15, 2012
Team working environment
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Productive and fun workplace. Great environment and wonderful colleagues
Analog Layout Design engineer (Former Employee), Markham, ONOctober 30, 2012
Pros: very good benefits
Cons: sometimes long hours during deadlines
It was great working at AMD. It was a great learning experience and everyone is friendly and will to help. Sometimes deadlines were crazy so it was important to balance the work life and social life during those times.
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Good company, but compensation isn't up to par.
Senior Analog/Mixed Signal Engineer (Former Employee), Markham, ONOctober 25, 2012
Good company, but compensation isn't up to par.

Road map changes too frequently, leaving employees often working on projects that never make it to market.

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is a global semiconductor company with facilities around the world. The Company offer x86 microprocessors, – Read more