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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
357 Reviews

2.1
357 Reviews
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Sanjay K. Jha
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slow & Painful

    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Malta, NY

    Pros

    Comparatively high pay vs other ENG jobs in the area

    Cons

    Always playing second Fiddle to your major competitor

  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Clueless management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Good engineers who are trying to work hard on every random project thrown at them by the management

    Cons

    Management changes road map and priorities on a daily basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more focus and realisitc goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 14 people found this helpful  

    Hard to get things done

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Projects  in  Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Projects in Malta, NY

    Pros

    Decent 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.

    Cons

    Ive 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Enjoyable Job With Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technician  in  Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Malta, NY

    Pros

    1) Compressed workweek gives free time.
    2) Complex environment gives motivated employees an opportunity to learn
    3) Decent Pay
    4) Leading edge technology job in the area

    Cons

    1) Upward mobility seems limited
    2) Low morale
    3) Lack of in depth training leave employees underutilized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As an hourly employee I have seen no glaring issues. Some may be offended at the clock policies being overbearing, and they may see this as distrust.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    No direction - but great people

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

    Pros

    Great people and good salary and benefits and lots of learning opportunities. Also working in a nice facility with cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Terrible Management and Direction
    Need to value the engineers on staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to choose a direction and move forward

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Clueless Leadership, Confused Execution Strategy

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

    Pros

    Great Investor seeing value in the company. State of the art facilities in the US - Malta, NY and Santa Clara, CA.

    Cons

    In-coherent leadership strategy where the left hand does not know what the left hand is doing, forget about the right hand. Culturally, this company had not blended into any one GF culture. Instead it is legacy of Charetered carried forward, legacy of AMD (IDM manufacturing) carried forward, legacy of IBM brought in, legacy of Freescale brought in, legacy of TI and NXP brought in. When they try to execute together, it creates a loud noise and often yields no decision. In essence, the strategy making and vision is lacking big time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus on creating a coherent execution strategy that all the senior executives can align to and send the same message down to the working teams. Working teams, often scramble to find the latest directives and frequently miss out on the correct one due to mis-alignment amongst leadership team. Please also improve the rewards and recognition culture. It needs a bench marking against the market standards and should incorporate some serious retention policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looking for process

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Malta, NY

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    More political, less technological

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer Process Engineering  in  Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer Process Engineering in Malta, NY

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Recruit a fresh batch of mid/floor level managers. Put people first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    I feel unstable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technology and Integration Engineer  in  Ballston Spa, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technology and Integration Engineer in Ballston Spa, NY

    Pros

    High salary compared to other companies nearby

    Cons

    Too much change of direction, mismanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if it doesn't look like your vision, please consistent. It helps employees. Management doesn't care moral or emotion of lower level employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FSC  in  Malta, NY
    Current Employee - FSC in Malta, NY

    Pros

    Fast paced daily activities. Always working. Excellent compensation for new hires right out of college.

    Cons

    Not enough collaboration between departments. Need to work on talking and working together to achieve the common goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top down release of goals and KPIs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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