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SEMATECH Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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SEMATECH President and CEO Daniel (Dan) Armbrust
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  1.  

    good organization to do research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEMATECH

    Pros

    good organization to do research

    Cons

    good organization to do research

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is going down!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I worked at SEMATECH full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary for the area for sure. Good industry

    Cons

    Since the new CEO, Ron Goldblatt has taken over...He has taken the company down to the ground. He hired his friends from his previous job for 6 figure salaries, and decided to terminate all the previous higher management. Referral bonus went into his pocket. Removed all the good benefits: no more working from home, flexible time and even decided to cheap out on health insurance. Outsourcing all of the support and technical positions to CNSE slowly, aka "Reverse Assignee" positions. Even decided to hire his own favorite person as HR so he can treat them as his puppet. All the management members are his puppets. The company head count used to be well over 150, now it is almost under 100 employees, most of them un-satisfied and already looking for jobs. During company meetings an employee asks a questions, he makes fun of them and shuts them up, he acts as a bully. For many years many employees were promised room for growth, but got nothing except more managers above them..Inexperienced retired old white males...There is no culture anymore in the company. You have to be at your desk from 8-5, and if noticed not there..you get yelled at or tracked down...Feels like you are back in 1st grade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Downward Trend

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I worked at SEMATECH full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a great deal of talented people. Salaries very good for the Albany area. Up until the Spring of 2014, it was a great place to work.

    Cons

    New CEO (Goldblatt) has taken drastic steps to diminish benefits and working environment. Work environment was very aligned to a modern approach; now workplace is a throw-back to the 1950s. Flex time, telecommuting, and sabbatical programs terminated. Must be at desk by 8am, stay until 5. CEO walks around to check to make sure you are at your desk. If you are not at your desk, it is assumed that you are not working, even though you could be in the cleanroom or a meeting. Look at senior management - all, except one, are white males. Favorites of CEO are promoted or hired, without regard to qualifications. Vast majority of those hired recently are from IBM, and hired into jobs that were never posted. No opportunity for advancement for the remaining staff. Morale is considerably diminished. Turnover has taken a dramatic upward turn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    best company I ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at SEMATECH full-time

    Pros

    Excellent support from the administrative side. Good people. Pockets of a unique culture you can't find anywhere else. Benefits and compensation some of the best I've seen. great chance to experience new cultures, work with the elite of the industry, and learn in a rare environment of new ideas and technologies.

    Cons

    Funding hamper progress. New model needed - can't please all of the people all of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dependency on New York State funding. It's a killer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Albany, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Albany, NY

    I worked at SEMATECH as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot while working

    Cons

    nothing for now,they are awesome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing good

  7.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEMATECH

    Pros

    Developing leading edge technology through collaboration

    Cons

    Consensus can be difficult to achieve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the state of NY run everything

  8.  

    Very challenging, but not very candid with support staff

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Albany, NY

    I worked at SEMATECH full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse, professional workforce, with a tremendous amount of brainpower. Easily the most complicated company I have ver been exposed to.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEMATECH full-time

    Pros

    Talent and friendly colleagues, opportunities to interact with industry leaders.
    Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Albany area is very cold in winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more cutting edge reseach

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful

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

    I have been working at SEMATECH full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy going style of workplace
    Benefits

    Cons

    Not many issues exist there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Politics and lack of change hinder employee initiative

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I have been working at SEMATECH

    Pros

    good pay
    relaxed work environment
    low stress
    friendly co-workers

    Cons

    no opportunity for advancement
    management aloof and out of touch with employees
    staff and management perform tasks that have nothing to do with their job or functional area
    managers not held accountable
    long term employees stifle innovation and change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of focusing on how to make things "look good" for your department, make the effort to address the problems

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