Spansion
2.7 of 5 99 reviews
www.spansion.com Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Spansion Reviews

Updated Apr 06, 2014
Spansion – Austin – “Spansion B4”

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2.7 99 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert

John H. Kispert

(45 ratings)

25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Also, there was a good work life balance"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Great place to learn new skills, minimum supervision"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Continual and regular (every 18 months) lay-offs make this company a poor career choice"
    in 4 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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I didn't enjoy working for this company

Chemist (Former Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

I worked at Spansion full-time for more than a year

ProsI have not Pros for this company

ConsThey don't seem to run their business smartly

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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friendly colleagues but there is no job security

Product Engineer II (Former Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

I worked at Spansion full-time for less than a year

Prosgood working culture,
good place to learn

Consjob security is tied with market demand

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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When the going gets tough, Spansion kicks out the best

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

I worked at Spansion full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat place to learn new skills, minimum supervision

ConsWhen the going gets tough, Spansion employees get RIFed while higher ups get bonuses or small pay cuts

Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of laying off people, employees should be sent for training so that then the market turns around, the employees are even more knowledgeable

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not an exciting place to work for.

Program Analyst (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA (US)

I worked at Spansion full-time for less than a year

Prosit is a big company and well structured

ConsThe company culture did not value employee developement

Advice to Senior Managementn.a.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Increasingly mundane

Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

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

ProsGenerally competent management; people are made accountable for what they do or don't do

Cons'Fab-light' business model leaves little room for career advancement; the factory, along with the workforce are getting mature

Advice to Senior Managementthink beyond the next quarter

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Frustrating..

Senior Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)

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

ProsCompany makes available training and resources to advance your career. Filled with great co-workers and fun management. Has a diverse skill set need, which allows for learning and growth.

ConsIn bankruptcy the executive team was replaced with great motivated members. Those below them have not moved in years, and most plan to retire out of their current role. This has created roadblocks for change. Limited growth potential for career oriented workers and fear + territorial behavior for those at the top.

Add in forced distribution ranking where mangers fail to read goals and performance to expectation, and you have disfunction. Those at the top are self ranking each other via hand shake, and people who are perceived as a threat, are ranked out of contention.

Executive management made the changes necessary to generate success, but failed to push the changes into all ranks. Spansion is now a glass ceiling company. If you work there you will know when you hit the glass, and depart.

Current strategy is to replace high level exiting engineers with new college graduates. This will generate 5 years of growth potential for the new hires. Issue in the policy is those at the top will not mentor up, becasue of a "see you still need me" job protection mentality.

Advice to Senior ManagementCapitalize on potential. Force retired on the job workers back to work, or lose those around them who are being tasked with completing open projects. You created a lean employee company. Now you have to follow through with getting the right people on the bus, and removing those who no longer belong.

I have sat in too many meeting where a senior manager says "I am doing this because I was told I have too not because I believe it is the right direction", and then later comes back to voice the initiative as a total failure.

When rolling out benifits changes stop saying we strive to be average. Use smart speech. "We work hard to meet industry santards" or " as benchmarking is completed we align the company to be competative." Telling employees you provide average benefits but require exceptional performance is not the message you want to send.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fulfilling

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsGreat manager and thus a great organization to work with, Our MD know everyone by their name and go down to production floor frequently. The people in the organization make it a great place to work at.

ConsUnstable financial situation causing frequent force leave and eventually the closing of some of the branch

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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too few people

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

I worked at Spansion full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAustin team has tons of experience.

ConsNo opportunities for growth in the company

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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overworked

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA (US)

I have been working at Spansion full-time for more than 3 years

Prosflexible work hours, average benefits

Consshort of manpower, too many projects

Advice to Senior Managementfocus

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Talented people, but company lacks motivation

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

Prossmall team, good work, good learning,

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

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should solve their financial issues with newer and better products rather than giving employees unnecessary forced shutdowns.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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