AMD fares poorly in employee satisfaction ratings

Barely two weeks (and over 40,000 user contributions) after its debut, Glassdoor already paints an interesting picture of the tech industry. As Seeking Alpha explains, the people behind Zillow and Expedia created the site with the aim of applying the travel review formula to companies and their management.

Out of firms with more than 40 employee reviews, Seeking Alpha says people working at VMware, Google, Intuit, and Adobe seem the most content. For example, Intuit CEO Brad Smith has a 96% approval rating. On the other side of the spectrum, HP and AMD reportedly fare the poorest in employee satisfaction, with AMD CEO Hector Ruiz holding a measly 11% approval rating.

Not all ratings are as straightforward. Seeking Alpha points out that IBM CEO Sam Palmisano has a 48% approval rating, even with IBM "doing better than it has in years." That’s only two points higher than the 46% rating employees give Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, whom some have accused of sabotaging merger negotiations with Microsoft.

You can check out more reviews and ratings by heading directly to Glassdoor.com. There’s a catch, though: to see all user-submitted content, visitors must submit a review for either a present or a past employer. (Thanks to TR reader Jonathan for the tip.)

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    • pogsnet
    • 12 years ago
    • AMDisDEC
    • 12 years ago

    What’s the surprise? Hector wasn’t liked at all at his Pre-AMD job at Motorola. There his sole skill was laying employees off. That was all he ever did, and from the looks of things, all he will ever do.

      • iconoclast
      • 12 years ago

      Hector the Dissector. Nothing more need be said 🙂

    • shank15217
    • 12 years ago

    I think AMDs employee satisfaction rating improved quite a bit after the Radeon 48xx series reviews.

      • iconoclast
      • 12 years ago

      AMD could even get their native quadcores to market on time! What makes you think these will be any different. What a joke those phenoms are!

    • 0g1
    • 12 years ago

    If what Hector Ruiz does is approved by only 11% of employees … why doesn’t the board just fire him?

      • just brew it!
      • 12 years ago

      Maybe the board doesn’t give a crap what the employees think?

      I hope that’s not the case, because that would not bode well for the future of AMD. I’d really like to see them stick around, so that they can continue providing competition in the CPU (and more recently GPU) markets.

      • echo_seven
      • 12 years ago

      I haven’t had a chance to write review yet, do the AMD reviewers give any reasons for why they hate Ruiz? 11% would presume there’s gotta be some enormous ones.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 12 years ago

    I know several people that work at Intuit and they always speak highly of it.

    • Space Bags
    • 12 years ago

    Interesting, a search on Microsoft brings up on simple complaint: Politics, over and over again it rings in the ears.

      • Corrado
      • 12 years ago

      I have a feeling with any company that large, politics will play into everything that happens. There are far too many employees to not encounter more than a few people with gigantic egos on a power trip, or people that are bureaucratic for no reason other than to be passive aggressive.

    • albundy
    • 12 years ago

    well, how shall i put this, the company’s golden road is paved dirt brown. who wants to work twice as hard now for half the pay? yay! who needs quality when you have intel grabbing your customers.

    • zimpdagreene
    • 12 years ago

    Happy employees do make a difference. That what a lot of mangers and higher up people don’t understand (People Matter). Discontent employees can break a company. And CEO’s that are getting paid more than GOD needs to stop. That’s also another thing that breaks companies. The Boss shows up in a Ferrari sports car and parks in front of the building and all of the employees are barely making it with gas for their car or just getting dropped off by someone else.

      • Deli
      • 12 years ago

      I remember when I was younger watching “Richie Rich” and how the company never fired anyone except for the antagonist in the end and the kid decides to ‘cut the fat’ in the board instead. AMD could use that right now.

      • albundy
      • 12 years ago

      pfff, thats easy. key in an escort service number on the side of his car. not only will it massively boost employee moral, but wait until the wife see’s it!

      • iconoclast
      • 12 years ago

      Hector got a raise of over $120K in 2007 when the company was losing $604 million a quarter. In addition, he’s laying off everyone in site. Not only is Hector driving his baby blue Ferrari to work while laying off the real workers hes driving this company into the ground!

    • Corrado
    • 12 years ago

    WHATS YOUR POINT!? Oh.. sorry. I was role playing as Meadows.

      • Meadows
      • 12 years ago

      I’m afraid your acting skills need a touch more chiseling yet.

        • Corrado
        • 12 years ago

        Just a friendly ribbing. I haven’t seen you post in a few days.

          • Meadows
          • 12 years ago

          Not much worth discussing. You could check the Tuesday shortbread though.

        • ludi
        • 12 years ago

        Yeah, he wasn’t /[

          • Meadows
          • 12 years ago

          Dam’ strite!

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 12 years ago

      Oblio didn’t have a point.

      /super obscure

    • Stijn
    • 12 years ago

    Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs scored more than 90%, but only 1 reviewer actually met the guy, most others were just working at an Apple Store (according to ARS Technica).
    So I don’t know if those ratings say a lot. Still, I like the idea ;).

    • holophrastic
    • 12 years ago

    It’s no surprise that overly-successful companies have happy employees, and that under-successful ones need to push their employees in more ways than one. Not to mention, I’d be surprised if business actually works better with happy employees — happy at this particular level I mean.

    • axeman
    • 12 years ago

    Wow, what a surprise Mr. Ruiz isn’t liked by his own employees. 😉

      • Joel H.
      • 12 years ago

      Axeman, I’m not sure you needed to end that statement with “by his own employees.” 😉

    • Silus
    • 12 years ago

    Isn’t this a big duh ?
    Who would be satisfied to work for a company, where lay offs are a possibility/reality, while the CEO makes more money than God ?

      • Jigar
      • 12 years ago

      r[

        • axeman
        • 12 years ago

        Not possible, God made everything, so all money is technically his anyhow. 😛 But we get the point. (Don’t take the preceding seriously, I have no desire to turn the front page into R&P)

          • ludi
          • 12 years ago

          What use would God have with money, anyway? I mean, if you could will things into existence, would you waste time dealing with a small, paper middleman?

            • FubbHead
            • 12 years ago

            MONOPOLY! 🙂

    • dslegend
    • 12 years ago

    Who cares?

      • flip-mode
      • 12 years ago

      Wake up on wrong side of bed?

      • bfellow
      • 12 years ago

      Thanks for the comment H. Ruiz.

      • ludi
      • 12 years ago

      I do! And thanks for asking.

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