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Spansion Reviews

Updated 3 December 2014
Updated 3 December 2014
116 Reviews
2.7
116 Reviews
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Spansion President, CEO, and Director John H. Kispert
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Increasingly mundane

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Not an exciting place to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  3.  

    Frustrating..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5.  

    Fulfilling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    too few people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    overworked

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours, average benefits

    Cons

    short of manpower, too many projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to start but no upward mobility opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    There is plenty to be happy about at Spansion from a business performance perspective. With positive cash flow for consecutive quarters, it is clear that the executive team (post bankruptcy) know what they are doing, however heartless and greedy they have been while doing it.

    Cons

    The manufacturing facility is aging and so is the management. There are no opportunities for growth or career progression, as the mid-management team has been set in stone for over a decade. Idle mid-"managers" do a poor job of rewarding excellence and refuse to manage out poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Talented people, but company lacks motivation

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

    I have been working at Spansion full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    small team, good work, good learning,

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should solve their financial issues with newer and better products rather than giving employees unnecessary forced shutdowns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    slowly but surely changing for the better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    Survived the bankruptcy - now what?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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

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