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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
141 Reviews
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141 Reviews
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Sanjay K. Jha
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Pros
  • Work life balance, a lot of choice of activity to participate if you are interested (in 13 reviews)

  • relaxing working environment, transport provided, work is not difficult (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Horrible work life balance for people who actually contribute (in 25 reviews)

  • I haven't even met my upper management and I have been employed with them for over a year (in 23 reviews)

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  1. 13 people found this helpful  

    Grading on the Curve

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Malta, NY

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

    Pros

    Fab 8 looks nice, even in the snow. Top drawer equipment and a nice environment. Co-workers are dedicated although the quality of the workforce has declined in the past 2 years.

    Cons

    Operationally the Fab has serious issues. There is an " I know best" attitude that permeates every interaction with the new top management. Openness, candor, transparency & listening are not key aspects of our culture. "Telling the truth, even when it is hard" will get fired. Shut up and get with the program is more like it.

    Management's attitude is best demonstrated during Performance Management time. I just finished the calibration session for my group, and like I expected, we were all required to lower our ratings. I get taking a look at ratings to make sure we are being fair and that the overall trend equals the team's performance. But I was told that I must have a specific number of employees who get unsatisfactory ratings, regardless of how they actually performed and the feedback I have been giving them all year. Management had determined that they were losers.

    HR's performance strategy is to make sure we have the right number of losers to satisfy management. It is so backwards. Although managers and employees alike have asked over & over for a change, our input is soundly ignored.

    Management knows best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, you are not always the smartest guy in the room.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Work in Progress

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer Process Engineering in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer Process Engineering in Malta, NY

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

    Pros

    Tons of work to get done so fairly easy to make a name for yourself if you are willing to tackle projects
    Extremely diverse workforce, culturally and professionally
    Access to some of the newest cutting-edge technology

    Cons

    The word I would use to describe my time at Globalfoundries is "chaotic". I joined fresh out of college and even with my little experience was able to tell that things were not running nearly as smoothly as they could. They struggled to establish a work culture that they wanted to stick to, so there were lots of non-cohesive attitudes. There were very aggressive targets set for the business, and employees worked extremely hard (overtime, holidays, etc) to meet these goals, but this resulted only in further pushing from management and unfortunately not a lot of recognition. Many of the employees are burnt out, especially the few really good ones that eventually wind up leaving or transferring departments in hopes of better compensation or promotion.
    I think they have been making progress over the past few years, but it has been slow and too many mistakes. During my time there (left in 2014) I would rate management as poor overall. Salary was alright, but there was not a good or clear method for self-progression and promotions or salary bumps. Benefits package was pretty good, and time off was decent... however with the extreme pressure to work constantly it felt frowned upon to take a day off. I almost always expected calls when I was off work. Hopefully they have streamlined some of their processes by now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they make suggestions or warnings; I saw too many projects fail and too many employees burn out that could have been avoided with better support from higher up. Promote and recognize the people that are carrying your groups, and hold the others accountable when they are not contributing. Say thanks occasionally. Throw a pizza party every once in a while... it's hard to believe "there is no money for pizza" when you have multi-billion dollar machines in the fab.

  3. 13 people found this helpful  

    From bad to worst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Malta, NY

    I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES

    Pros

    Health benefits, cafeteria, new office facilities, reasonable compensation, global talents

    Cons

    Favourism and discrimination are the norm here. If you are from former AMD, Chartered, Samsung or NXP, you have no future here. The new GM has replaced the entire middle to high management team with folks from down south NY. The new team is far less competitive and lack of high volume manufacturing experience. The fab performance is from bad to worst since the new team took over 6 months ago.
     The new AME team is clueless about the competition out there. The process and tool performance is way below industrial benchmark even the fab has the most advance equipment fleet. The yield improvement and tool release continued to delay. And the management always have good stories to tell.
    The manufacturing ops has slightly improved since the top guy left. However, the culture of sandbagging and credit-stolen from others remained.
    The promotion here is a joke. As long as you are closed to the new GM or from IBM, you can be promoted anytime even you just joined the company less than 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat every employee the same irregardless their background and culture. Read the employee feedback in Glassdoor. These are true reviews that reflect employee's feeling towards the company and leadership performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Just left

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Malta, NY

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

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity. Great people. New site GM in Malta seems to "get it" and is focusing on the right things. Best cafeteria I've ever had. :)

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations. Nearly impossible to succeed. Everyone is spread so thin on so many things that it is difficult to hit performance metrics. Prioritization discussions are schizophrenic at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much change creates unmanageable risk.

    Need to find ways to manage alignment of customer requirements to process and tool set that allows the team to execute on a plan that is stable for more than a few months. This is a real challenge given the market position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 15 people found this helpful  

    Undesireable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Malta, NY

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

    Pros

    people, cafeteria, laptop policy, they offer MVP insurance!. that is literally all of the pros i can think of

    Cons

    public humiliation is a motivational tool frequented by managers
    fire fighting with no long term strategy is the norm
    females rarely see promotions
    HR meetings are frequented by average employees seeking support but are unable to implement change
    expected to come in on off days >1/week for meetings (shift schedule gets 3-4 days weekends)
    little to no employee appreciation (not even a holiday card, not to mention party)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to be humane.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Looks Not much future in New York

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SMTS Process Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - SMTS Process Engineer in Malta, NY

    I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work environment, relaxed culture, good relationship with peer groups

    Cons

    Strange culture, not much respect others,
    Unfair, Dark & shaded promotion system by managers preference induced from sex, race, color, religion, gender, national origin ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers to be more diligent to assign the engineer to proper position and review engineer’s work
    Directors and above, must encourage engineers instead of chasing; but chase and encourage managers
    Let’s not selfish; Sacrifice little bit more and Respect Individuals could lead us to success

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Not a company to recommend, probably growing pain

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Malta, NY

    I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES

    Pros

    Benefit is good. work life balance not good for most people.

    Cons

    It has some many politics and within the company, learning and growing is so hard. Poor managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about employees and be good manager instead of pushing, pushing, ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 13 people found this helpful  

    Lost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, and salary. Nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    Extremely bad work/life balance- over 20+ hours week overtime is normal.
    Management continually rewards each other for a good job, based on the work of all others below.
    Decisions are to reach goal regardless to impact on people, safety, equipment.
    HR is powerless, total disrespect to US employment laws- they're too busy hiring new people to replace the ones leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Need better leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Quality of work. Future opportunity for the company

    Cons

    Bad management policies, wavering leadership, Horrible employee policies. Noncompetitive pay and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please commit to a solid near term and long term strategy and reward the performers and difference makers in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES

    Pros

    location is better than CA

    Cons

    everything else is so bad

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