AMD / Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
An employee at AMD's Gaming Garage at the Canadian National Exhibition   (Photo credit: Sharad Reddy)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why AMD / Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

  • Along with maternity and parental leave top-up, AMD supports parents-to-be with a generous subsidy for IVF if needed (up to $25,000) as well as a subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption (up to $10,000) -- additionally, the company maintains a Caregiver employee resource group to help individuals caring for children or elderly connect and share resources
  • AMD recognizes exceptional performance through a variety of initiatives including the Next 5% Award (for a team with an exceptional accomplishment), Spotlight awards to recognize individuals or teams who make significant contributions to the company, awards for technical achievement, and inventor recognition
  • AMD cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and offers generous referral bonuses for individuals who successfully refer a candidate from their personal network (up to $3,000)
Staff members at AMD attend the organization's annual employee barbecue and corn roast  

Highlights

Industry Computer technology manufacturing
Established in Canada 1969
Publicly traded yes
Parent company head office Santa Clara, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Markham ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,173
Part-time employees in Canada 6
Average age of employees in Canada 39.7 years
Longest serving employee 33 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

COVID-19

Pandemic response daily lunch subsidy offered to employees required to work onsite for an 8-week period early on in the pandemic, created a global pandemic leave program to provide employees with 100% of salary for 2 weeks if taking time off due to illness or to care for a family member who is ill

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why AMD / Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • AMD provides opportunities for co-ops and interns to develop additional skills beyond their technical roles through a dedicated Intern Steering Committee, which plans various events throughout the year to help foster connection amongst students and new grads -- events include the Mentor Talks speaker series (senior employees share their career story and insights on emerging technologies) and "day of service" initiatives, with co-op students organizing volunteer events
  • AMD's university relations team hosts an annual Career Day for interns to connect with recruiters and HR staff for resume and interview development, a career development speakers panel and a roundtable networking session to learn more about the transition from school to work -- recent grads and senior AMD engineers participate in the panel to discuss topics such as career progression, grad school options and career advice, rotating every 20 minutes afterwards at the tables to engage in deeper conversation
  • AMD's internal Inventor's Corner site provides a one-stop shop of tools to learn about patent programs and the submission process (in 2019, the patent award program had 298 successful applications for a total cash disbursement of $286,000)
Staff at AMD participated in the Extra Life gaming marathon in 2019, in support of SickKids  

Highlights

Industry Computer technology manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Markham ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,173
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training and development opportunities formal mentorship program pairs co-op students and interns with full-time staff, 3-day Technical Staff Experience (to foster innovation and the creation of intellectual property as well as skills development to become technical leaders), e-learning resources include courses and videos from SkillSoft and LinkedIn Learning, book summaries from getAbstract, Harvard Business Review articles, and technical and engineering books from Safari Books Online
Additional highlights Canadian employees are encouraged to submit innovations for AMD's global patenting program (inventors are recognized with monetary awards, plaques and an awards banquet)
Dedicated employee resource group Intern Steering Committee is organized into 4 sub-committees: social events (sports clubs and off site outings), gaming events (LAN and online tournaments), professional development (U-AMD courses/technical talks) and community involvement (student conferences and AMD Markham events)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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