Atmel Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Atmel Corporation was a designer and manufacturer of semiconductors before being acquired by Microchip Technology in 2016. It was founded in 1984. The company focuses on embedded systems built around microcontrollers.

A former production operator shared this disapointed review: "12 hour shifts either day or night. Very low pay. Very low raises. Very hard to move up at Atmel. Poor job security. Very stressful job. Wouldn't recommend this job."


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Production Operator (Former Employee) says

"Clicky teams. Long hours with minimal breaks. Pay is not on par with the work. Low opportunity for advancement unless you've clicked up with some part of management.Overtime after 8 hourseverything else"

Senior Manager (Former Employee) says

"The employees were very nice. However, management clearly had a low level of trust in people. This was evident in how autocratic management was. They took micro-management to a new level."

Production Operator (Former Employee) says

"12 hour shifts either day or night. very low pay. very low raises. very hard to move up. poor job security. Very stressfull job. wouldnt reccomend this job."

Place and Route Design Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Atmel is a great place and culture to work for. As a group, we work very well together and with a family atmosphere. Very flexible schedule and no micro management style."

Infrastructure Systems Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Worked for the company 20 years, moving from the fabrication manufacturing, then Yield Engineering, to end with IT. Every department outside of IT was fun to work for and had advancement opportunities. The IT department continues to have high turnover and management never seems to listen to their hired experts. Right hand never seems to know what the the Left hand is doing. Lack IT strategy and have no respect for their experienced infrastructure personal.Education reimbursement, 401k match, EMP Stock optionsPoor Health benefits, job advancement, work recognition, Management heavey"

Sales Director (Former Employee) says

"There are whole bunch of idiots in Microchips and most of them like to flattering boss, not perform. Also many people in original China Microchip team engage with something crazily, even their senior manager engages with some unauthorized distributor. Many fake document fly around. Crazy...double the share price without real social responsibility and fairnesstheir VP in Asia lies all the time"

Senior Manager (Current Employee) says

"Great pay, long hours are expected, poor social culture, high turnover, poor senior management, don't expect to get thanked for a job well done, bonuses and salary increases are poor, business is unfocused and too diversified to really be successful."

XSENSE operator (Current Employee) says

"Terrible place to work. Operators have zero chance of advancement while everyone in the the office has revolving door style promotions. Your work load will grow by the day but your money sure wont.More hours than you know what to do with in a clean suitLow pay, micromanagement, insance accountability, no job security."

current employee (Current Employee) says

"I notice all of the great reviews belong to long term people out of the colorado location. If you are in San Jose avoid working for this company. Unless you are management you are not regarded as a viable asset to this company and the amount of money they offer you stresses this. Non-manager positions get poorly compensated so if you are fresh out of college looking for a big pay day this company is not for you!!! No advancement opportunities and high expectations are placed upon you which equate to long hours for poor salary. It is not worth it!!! The most enjoyable time of the day is when you complete your work and walk outconstantly changing metrics new management high turnover and lack of communication at all levels"

Production Worker (Former Employee) says

"I enjoyed working for Microchip most of the time I worked there. The twelve hour shift soon became tiresome, I wasn't able to rest efficiently during the day. This company started to demand more from employees even when we had less people. I am happy to now sleep at night and have more energy and no longer sleep deprived. I love working with people especially children.Working twelve hour shifts was nice to get the hours done.Twelve hour night shifts are hard on a person to be at the best they can be helth wise."

Logistics and Regulatory Compliance Manager (Former Employee) says

"Management lied to their employees about offering a package to those who were laid off by Microchip, after Microchip acquired Atmel. Executive management was good at paying themselves, not the employees.People I worked with were greatExecutive Management treated employees disrespectfully"

Production Operator (Former Employee) says

"Work 12 hour shifts in a clean room environment with high attention to detail and ability to multi-task. HAZCOM training/refresher yearly. Manufactured micro-controller chips. Co-ordinated with maintenance/supervisors/specialists when needed to resolve product/tool issues."

AP/AR/BOOKEEPING (Former Employee) says

"Gather documents for Microchips, placed orders, changed stick status, printed checks for AP, Documented and processed Checks for AR.Close to home and good hoursToo many people who have worked there too long and don't give good direction"

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) says

"My mama always said "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything". That makes it hard to write this review. There are many elements that could make this a much more enjoyable place to work -- the challenge of some of the projects and the creativity they inspire can be fun -- but there is so much to do, so little time to do it and such nebulous, shifting, ill-defined requirements that it is just extremely stressful. If I felt that management was behind me, that would make a difference, but my perception is that some upper level manager decided something should happen and the peons wind up struggling on the road to the Alamo waiting for their mid-level managers to throw them under the bus.Lots of required working hours and meetings"

Sr. Talent Acquisition Spec contract thru Volt (Former Employee) says

"I am uncomfortable at this time and do not wish to provide a review on this company. Hopefully other individuals will provide a more detailed review."

Sr. Application Systems Architect (Current Employee) says

"Normally I would not put a title like that but this is easily the worst place that I have ever worked. The biggest problem that I have seen here is that upper management appears to have no idea what they are doing most of the time. I see this mostly in employee placement within the company. I myself am a good example of this. I am a software engineer by training and trade, and yet my day to day work consists of project management, desktop technician support, data mining, etc... While the company states that they like to foster an environment of innovation and creativity they seem to work hard to squelch these properties in their employees. To many times I have seen a good idea shot down because it didn't come from someone in upper management. I rated the compensation high based on my experience and not the experiences of those that I work with. While my compensation is great, the compensation for most of the people that work here is insulting. As for job security and advancement, there is no job security and no advancement. They refuse to promote from within and always higher from the outside for positions. I have seen people get laid off one week and then be hired back on only to be let go indefinitely a week later. All that being said, there are quite a few highly intelligent people working here. They just tend not to be working in their field of expertise. If you are looking to work here make sure that you read your contract very carefully. At the end you will notice that it says other duties as needed. Your days will be mostly spent on the other dutiesIntelligent employeesNo work/life balance (expected to work weekends/nights), improper employee placement, reactive environment (react to situations and not allowed to fixroot cause), absolutely unwilling to spend money"

Warehouseman (Former Employee) says

"No balanced work life, need to rendered overtime due to lack of man power resulting to less restday in a month. Not good with shifting schedule. Always placed in night shift schedule.Free lunchLimited shuttle route provided"

Payroll Contractor (Former Employee) says

"I was hired as a contract employee after acquisition. Employees were scared of layoffs which eventually happened. I was included in layoffs hence the short project time."

IT Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee) says

"Always on the hunt to trim expenses, this company rarely gives good raises to anyone. Working in IT is a 24/7 job in the US, always on-call."

Technician (Former Employee) says

"Fab is old and most equipment is obsolete. Do not see much of a future.great people in the and engineers are clueless."

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