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Fumbling towards profitability
Engineer (Former Employee) –  MarkhamJuly 12, 2016
One of the oldest high tech companies in the world, of the same vintage as Intel, but still seems like a work in progress.

Organization is spotty, mistakes are made and often swept under the rug and lessons rarely ever learned from and often repeated.

The work is always interesting.
Pros
Never boring.
Cons
Some individuals are more equal than others.
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Basic job only, nothing else.
Design Verification Engineer / Manager (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONFebruary 1, 2016
There is no future with this company, go some where else.
Basic pay only, happy to have a job. Good work life balance.
Based on company performance no stocks and/or bonus.
Pros
None
Cons
None
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Excellent work place
Member of Technical Staff/Manager (Former Employee) –  Markham, OntarioOctober 5, 2015
It had been an exciting and productive 18+ tears at AMD/ATI organization. I was given all the opportunities to learn and grow in Characterization, Board design, Validation, program management and managing a group of 14 engineers. I was able to train Engineering students from prominent universities in the province of Ontario and create a positive dynamic environment for everyone to enjoy.
I was able to work on world class products that captured the imagination of millions of people.
Overall it was all worthwhile the adventure.
Pros
Unimaginable oppertunity
Cons
Being a global organization, it is difficult to get everyone onboard in certain decision making process. However, everyone understand what is at stake at the end of the day.
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Great company, friendly workspace
Senior Software developer, AMD (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONMarch 30, 2016
Absolutely great company that cares about its employers.
I loved working in AMD, it was friendly and supportive atmosphere
They also provide amenities like gym, yoga classes etc.
Great community
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Different team to team
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Markham, ONApril 21, 2016
Depends on your team. I've got a great one and so far every day is fun, manager is an engineer so way less bull**** to deal with.
Pros
People, Salary
Cons
Crunch times, Bonuses(Lack of)
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Fun place to work, overshadowed by financial gloom.
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONJanuary 4, 2016
AMD is a great workplace with talented colleagues, and getting to work on innovative projects.

The company's lack of success in the marketplace casts a dark cloud over everything however, making it harder to enjoy a great day at the office.
Pros
Innovative engineering
Cons
Company in poor financial health
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Challenging and rewarding experience
ASIC Design Verification Engineer - Intern (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONMarch 2, 2015
Co-workers are very intelligent engineers.
Management is very lacking. Many unintelligent decisions. Management has poor communication.

Salary is standard.
Hours are flexible. Projects are very interesting.
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Great people, tough road ahead
Director, Product Marketing (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONOctober 29, 2015
Exciting to work with such advanced technology, get to work with some of the most intelligent people in the industry, employees compensated more than fairly,. However, a lot of management change over the years has created uncertainty and the path to profitability is not clear currently.
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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 class corporation
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Productive and fun workplace. Great environment and wonderful colleagues
Analog Layout Design engineer (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONOctober 30, 2012
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.
Pros
very good benefits
Cons
sometimes long hours during deadlines
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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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worst company to work for
Senior Writer API (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONMay 10, 2014
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 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.
Cons
cheap, secretive, paranoid, political, stagnant, stitled
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Sad to see what ATI has become
SMTS DV Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONAugust 14, 2013
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 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.
Pros
senior ati people still there - some great people
Cons
the company seems rudderless
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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 really grow the company more than the the previous one.
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Good place to work
Memory Tuning Engineer (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONApril 12, 2015
Workload is seasonal, its acceptable.
Benefit is good.
Co-workers are nice.
Short term contract is common, job security is a issue.
Pros
Benefit
Cons
Security
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Great people, Great work
PEY Student internship (Former Employee) –  MarkhamJune 17, 2015
Great place to work with relevant experience. The only downside is your hours might be longer than usual, and the company is in financial hardship.
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Final year Computer Engineering student from Ryerson University
PEY at GPU Memory Controller (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONDecember 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 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.
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Fast-paced, fun and innovative industry to work in
MANAGER, PRODUCT MARKETING (Current Employee) –  Markham, OntarioDecember 18, 2014
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 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
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.
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high demand work place
Software Quality Assurance (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONMarch 14, 2014
 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 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
Pros
great place to work and excellant co-workers
Cons
downsizing
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Learning Environment but no job security
(AMD) (Advanced System Power Intern) (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONJanuary 10, 2013
It is a good company to work for but unfortunately the company is not doing well financially so job security is not guaranteed.
Pros
flexible hours
Cons
long work days
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