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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Equipment Engineer Reviews

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Sanjay K. Jha
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  • Very strong lack of a work-life balance in most cases (in 47 reviews)

  • Managers are not consistent upper management seems to have there head up there A55es (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "After one year..."

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Equipment Engineer in Essex Junction, VT
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Equipment Engineer in Essex Junction, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The GF upper management is more forthcoming with information than previous IBM management. Lots of potential for this company if they stick to what they did before merger.

    Cons

    Some of the IBM upper management continues to stick to old ways, which keeps moral poor. People are having a tough time moving past this after the merger.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees well, they are the ones making the product. Go with the positive feedback from traditional GF management, and get rid of the upper management that came over from IBM.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Strong Individuals, Weak Team"

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    Current Employee - Senior Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fosters independent problem solving and upward mobility is easy. Many individuals with 10+ years of experience in the field to learn from.

    Cons

    Constant management shifts and low employee retention hurts employee morale and weakens the team structure.


  3. Helpful (15)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (More than a year)

    Pros

    I got paid pretty well for how little I actually did. I did more as a Tech than as an Engineer

    Cons

    I wanted to contribute, but everything about the job and the culture made it difficult.

    Advice to Management

    You have smart people giving you advice from below. Maybe you should consider it alongside the rosy-view you pass down from above


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Incredibly Challenging and Inefficient"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This place is still very new and immature. tThe advantage of all the disorganization is you get to be a part of fixing the hundreds of efficiency problems there are in the business processes. In addition they have hired around 300 young engineers in the last 3 years, that makes the area very friendly and its easy to make friends if you're a young engineer. This place also never gets boring, there's a lot to learn and fix in a very short amount of time.

    Starting salary is reasonably competitive (but don't expect it to move much after).

    Cons

    Large amount of miscommunication between management and their employees. It has gotten better since the new GM took over but generally a lot of unawareness from higher up.

    Teamwork is not very good between Process, Equipment, and Maintenance organizations. Because of no clear responsibilities defined in some groups a lot problems (daily down issues) get shuffled back and forth between groups, lack of accountability for not doing your job also does not help.

    Yearly Compensation and raises are minimal.

    There's a lot of people who've been dealing with this place for 4-5 years and are completely jaded. Its tough to work in an environment when people are beginning to get less and less enthusiastic about fixing problems.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the basics are getting done, don't assume the established business processes are good enough to get by (Process Change management, FMEA, Tool time requests, SPC, Specification management, Maintenance tracking, Parts management, Forecasting, lab requests) all of it is incredibly inefficient which just adds to the frustration of the job. In fact the only system that has been genuinely amazing that we use is SHINY.

    There's a lot of inefficiency associated with passing down between engineering and the shifts, and shift to shift pass-downs. Management seems largely unaware of it and not many steps are being taken to resolve it.

    Accountability is quite low here. A lot of engineers/technicians can get by barely doing their jobs while a select few pick up the slack and do everyones job for them. If someone does something wrong that causes wafer scrap/cost loss/ efficiency loss there's almost never any real action taken to correct it, hence laziness becomes more common.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not nearly as bad as these reviews make it seem"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people doing great work. Extremely fascinating industry. Ignore all the bankruptcy scares, the industry is in a temporary lull, but that's economics and it'll surge back.

    Cons

    Work can be tedious, but you get out what you put in. I honestly love my job and question the character of the people leaving these negative reviews. I doubt they have ever enjoyed a day of work anywhere they have been.

    Advice to Management

    Just be true and honest with your employees, and start promoting based on merit


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many great people to work with, Great Cafe. Good Salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Stupid management from the top to the bottom except few that can't do much. These people come completely from a different culture and experiences, They come from India, Singapore, Indonesia, Etc. That makes it very difficult to work with them, The others are clueless and with not much experience.
    These idiot Arabs keep spending and investing money no matter what even with oil prices down over 50 percent,

    Advice to Management

    The best advice will be to quit in order to same the company.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Difficult to get past the low morale"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still a new company and site, possibility of movement is very high

    Cons

    Still new company and site, not many people really know what they are doing. Many layers of management are not effective

    Advice to Management

    Recognize individuals who perform above and beyond. Empower those who are willing to work harder than the group


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A stress filled day"

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    Current Employee - Engineer Equipment Engineering in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer Equipment Engineering in Malta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is definitely for the pay. The second best reason is the people. For the most part everyone is great

    Cons

    The cons definitly consist of a poor training outline. It's definitely difficult to get what you are supposed to out of a task that you don't know why you are doing it.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the training is right. If people are trained to care from the start then they'll work harder and more efficiently instead of just throwing in the towel with the "what's the point" attitude.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Falls Short of Expectations"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits.
    Teamwork is good depending on the shift or shifts that you may need to encounter.

    Cons

    Poor management
    Horrid Communication
    Lack of documentation and equipment/process controls
    No accountability for actions both positive or negatative. When something goes wrong it's easy to point fingers, or have the finger pointed at you. When something goes right, good luck getting credited for your work. Management or someone above you will gladly take credit.

    Advice to Management

    Let your technical staff and engineers work. Practice more of a hands-off management style. I've seen too many decisions skewed in the wrong direction due to management's decisions. Have faith in the people you brought on board.