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Spansion Reviews

Updated 12 January 2015
Updated 12 January 2015
120 Reviews
3.0
120 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
John H. Kispert
62 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also, there was a good work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Good place to work with lots of good people; laid back as most places in Austin are (in 10 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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  1.  

    analyst in Spansion

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Work Opportunity is given to some employees
    Upper management provides updates on the company on a regular basis.
    Learning curve is steep. Good for those who wants to learn new things

    Cons

    Not many chances of career advancement
    Very strict, no flexibility within the department n also HR
    Layoffs is a norm. Unstable industry
    Promises made by management never fulfilled.
    Banned Skype in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All is said above. They should care more about their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    lacks direction, still carries the baggage of its AMD days

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spansion full-time

    Pros

    I cannot think of a single pro

    Cons

    - very low compensation
    - no career growth
    - too much politics, everybody just wants to watch out for their own fiefdoms
    - managers are appointed by seniority, not ability to 'manage'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I didn't enjoy working for this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Chemist in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have not Pros for this company

    Cons

    They don't seem to run their business smartly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    When the going gets tough, Spansion kicks out the best

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

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn new skills, minimum supervision

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    friendly colleagues but there is no job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer II in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Product Engineer II in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Spansion full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good working culture,
    good place to learn

    Cons

    job security is tied with market demand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Increasingly mundane

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Generally 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 ManagementAdvice

    think beyond the next quarter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not an exciting place to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Spansion full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    it is a big company and well structured

    Cons

    The company culture did not value employee developement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n.a.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Frustrating..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

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

    Pros

    Company 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Capitalize 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fulfilling

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    too few people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Spansion full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Austin team has tons of experience.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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