Spansion Reviews

Updated 1 September 2014
Updated 1 September 2014
108 Reviews
2.7
108 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
53 Ratings

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 9 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.  

    slowly but surely changing for the better

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    • 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
  2.  

    Survived the bankruptcy - now what?

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    • 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
  3.  

    Bad management, good working environment

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    • 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
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  5.  

    not a great company to work for

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    • 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
  6.  

    Too far in the past to be accurate

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    • 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
  7.  

    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

  8. 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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    One cog in the big machine

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

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

    Pros

    Immediate middle managers are respectful to engineers. Work life balance is decent. Immediate team and coworkers feel like a close knit family. Pay is ok. Do a good enough job to be useful to your boss and they will keep you around and give you job security. Spansion is open to switching your role within the company if you are dissatisfied with the current one and want to try something different.

    Cons

    High level executives at vp level view engineers as expendable labor. They manage with negative feedback and like to instill fear among employees. The company culture is all about making aggressive deadlines set by upper management and causing engineers to sacrifice quality of their work. Each department is pit against each other with their own agendas/deadlines so there are inter-dept conflicts. Not much room to grow within a role. It has a big company feel where you will only be working on one portion of a project and feel like just a cog in the machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the upper executives. Try ruling with positive feedback. Motivate employees with something other then fear and minimize any abusive yelling.

  11.  

    a chip in a wrong business

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

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

    Pros

    respect employee and empower employee, good benefit plan

    Cons

    average 1 lay off for every couple of year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stable and diversify business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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