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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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2.2 350 reviews

32% Approve of the CEO

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Sanjay K. Jha

(62 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Another good thing is, new desk and builidings so you can have clean work environment (in 19 reviews)

  • Work life balance, a lot of choice of activity to participate if you are interested (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Horrible work life balance for people who actually contribute (in 22 reviews)

  • I haven't even met my upper management and I have been employed with them for over a year (in 20 reviews)

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Sliding down a razor blade into a pool of alcohol.. but they are at least finally applying bandaids and kissing boo boos

    Senior Technician (Current Employee) Malta, NY

    ProsManagement changes finally look to be focused and effective. Promising team in place and positive changes finally taking effect.

    ConsIncredibly entrenched stupidity. Changes are being forcefully effected in mostly what seems to be the right direction.
    There will be much more pain and strife while we struggle to incorporate change and fix the many many issues. Hopefully it will be in time. I am frightened but hopeful.
    This workplace is not for the faint of heart. It could be a final immolation of epic fail but there are encouraging signs of success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease continue your hard work to turn this around. I am cautiously optimistic and praying. I am bringing my best game and want badly for us to succeed. Coach encourage reward and lead us.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great business potential, lots of capital from patient investor, unstable but hopefully improving management.

    Principal Engineer Technology & Integration (Current Employee) Malta, NY

    ProsLots of growth potential in semiconductor foundry business. Fab 8 in Malta NY is one of the largest private investments in manufacturing in US history. Lot of highly talented individuals who are determined to make this place succeed.

    ConsLower, middle and upper level managers often hired from external companies with limited understanding of GLOBALFOUNDRES processes and systems. Complex systems with superficial focus on terms like 5Why, CANDO-5S, Lean 6Sigma, 8D, FMEA,etc, but in practice, actual engineering problem "solving" is limited. Limited training and mentorship for employees. High turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow talented people under you some autonomy in making decisions / changes. Spend some time doing hands-on tasks (even if only once or twice) to improve your understanding of details and systems.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    2 people found this helpful  

    Slow & Painful

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Malta, NY

    ProsComparatively high pay vs other ENG jobs in the area

    ConsAlways playing second Fiddle to your major competitor

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    13 people found this helpful  

    Hard to get things done

    Projects (Current Employee) Malta, NY

    ProsDecent pay, Talented staff, surrounding community in NY is very nice. Company has a bright future, talented sustaining workforce with a patient investor that knows this will work.

    ConsIve been here for just over two years as a contract worker.

    The worklife balance is terrible for both contract and direct employees. 50-60hr workweeks have become the standard with weekends off out of the question

    Some in Upper management are constantly finding ways to screw each other over and show they are top dog, while others seem to be just trying to get things done constantly needing to devote time to watching their back. Imagine what could be done without that fear.

    Project management is a joke. Billions on the line and the constant blame is on the inept contractor, third party or even fourth party project engineers/managers or even the GM/CEO (behind their backs). Zero accountability from management while late and over budget. When things go wrong just bring in another contract management group to manage the last ones instead of giving clear direction. Probably because they have no idea how to manage a project and its starting to show. This is very frustrating and demoralizing.

    Everything appears to be a reaction without time to actually plan or think. Just do and then redo. This all costs money and time.

    Although not part of it, the rating and reviews have just happened for the direct staff. Cant believe you are still using a forced ranking and rating. That went away for most companies years ago because there was almost no better way to demoralize your team. I bring this up because Im tired of hearing about it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at your devoted team. Looks like they have been here for 20years working hard while in reality its only been 4-5max.with contract workers being here even less. The standing joke is that this place ages you in dog years.

    Stop reacting to everything with the same sense of urgency. Project Management 101 says prioritize and plan.

    Stand back and look at whos playing you and who is actually working. Beware of the silver tongued one.

    Might be worth taking a look at HR. Must have no power because I know bad things have happened with little to no consequences and then being joked about after. Probably back to the slippery silver tongue.

    Unless there are future projects, my job will be done in a year here and Ill be back to constant sun, year around golf and warm weather. Unless the new management changes how things are done, they will be back to wherever they are from also. I like the winter, so please turn things around.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Looking for process

    Technical Writer (Former Employee) Malta, NY

    ProsEverything's new. Technology's fascinating. Lots to do

    ConsUpper management seem to have no idea where the company's going or how to manage people effectively to get there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that you have good staff, and trust them. Determine a real global strategy, rather than be reactive. There's a tremendous potential competitive advantage in having such a range of production capabilities, but the 'every fab for itself' ethos fumbles that advantage away. A unified, coherent set of processes would improve the business significantly

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    7 people found this helpful  

    More political, less technological

    Principal Engineer Process Engineering (Current Employee) Malta, NY

    ProsAs a start up fab, people get to learn a lot of new stuff, which are not available in already established companies.
    Many techs and junior engineers are great to work with. New fab-GM has started some fresh and +ve initiatives.

    Cons1. Many of the senior folks are non-contributing; the company is like a big government to them handing out big welfare check. They do not participate in engineering activities and are unable to mentor junior folks.
    2. Horrible work life balance for people who actually contribute. They are judged with unrealistic expectation and are publicly humiliated for not being able to deliver. The non-contributing senior folks are enjoying their life.
    3. Floor-and-mid level managers are inept, do not understand technology. That means, they do not know if the engineering work you do is important or not. They do not value hard work needed to actually develop technology. All they care is how to save their own back in the daily operation meeting, which is purely a political showdown.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecruit a fresh batch of mid/floor level managers. Put people first.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Field Service Engineer

    Field Service Engineer (Current Employee) Malta, NY

    ProsGlobal Foundries is a good place to work. Some of the Employee's hired are questionable and lack experience.

    ConsYou can never have enough safety in place, true. However, when safety goes above and beyond to hurt production and takes away for job performance, this is a concern.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to pay closer attention to the GF employees. Since I have been employed here, I have seen Global Foundries hire employees that have been fired from other Semiconductors in the area for sexual harassment, gun issues, drug dealers, and child pornography. Also, it has been noted that a new hire during the winter months jumped on a pay-loader while plowing and was not fired for his actions. Serious injury could have resulted. Please perform better back ground checks. Safety starts first with the hiring process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Things are looking better - Smart Officers put into top positions.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Malta, NY

    ProsBusiness is gaining momentum, teams are working together and across the aisle now. Looking forward to company, career and financial successes w/the new Leadership.

    ConsFeeling the personal financial impact (low raises) of the poor performance by the company last year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe top and bottom of the organization are looking great. The middle management still needs a bit more professional skills tweaking (already being scheduled).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    GLOBALFOUNDRIES experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWell thought-out systems with somewhat complex setup requirements inherited from German, Singapore, and American engineers.
    Technical management and engineering talent with diverse cultural backgrounds and intense perseverance.
    Dedicated engineers.

    ConsMalta NY takes some time for adjustment to climate and culture.
    Learning curve is lengthy for automation setup.
    Location requires love of winter sports, nature, and sparse population.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on engineering.
    Meet with technical talent more frequently than managers of that talent.
    Reduce focus on perceptions, concentrate on technical challenges (less 5S, more emphasis on why exactly some implementation does not work as expected).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    5 people found this helpful  

    Okay Work Environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDiverse culture, brilliant employees, opportunity for growth, flexibility to learn new tasks, good pay, benefits and perks.

    ConsIn your face/militant management. Management will call you out in front of your colleagues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn in your face/eastern culture militant attitude doesn't fly in the USA. There is no need to embarrass your employees in front of their colleagues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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