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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Reviews

Updated January 14, 2019
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, real laid back job, best job I ever had

    Cons

    Small raises comes once a year


  2. "Director HR"

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

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

    Pros

    Tremendous senior leadership with a strategy that we are able to relate to and support. Maternal environment that is caring and truly supportive of our employees. Strong financials will set the stage for a future pipeline of leading technologies.

    Cons

    Great company in a beautiful area!

    Advice to Management

    Push 100% bonus and encourage more work life balance.

  3. Helpful (16)

    "Not recommended for long term career"

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    Former Employee - PMTS in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - PMTS in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are within industry standard

    Cons

    I spent 8 years working at the Malta site as a technical leader in the integration organization. I had high hopes for the success of GF, which began to fade over the past 2-3 years. Health costs are higher than competitors. GF has started to charge based on your salary, making higher paid workers pay more than others. This and other changes impacting employees salary and benefits are all driven by the severe cash poor situation and poor financial outlook for GF moving forward. Poor morale since major layoff which removed majority of senior technical leaders in production has driven many newer workers from the company. There is very high attrition due to low confidence in job security, loss of technical resources, and too many changes in direction by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Tune up your resume and prepare for more layoffs.


  4. "Company is getting better"

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    Current Employee - SMTS Process Engineer in East Fishkill, NY
    Current Employee - SMTS Process Engineer in East Fishkill, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hour with good work life balance.
    Colleagues are friendly and easy to work with in Fab 10 (East Fishkill).
    Most experienced process engineers are still with the company, which make transition easy for any new hires. However, many experienced development engineers have left the company (mostly Fab 8) due to recent announcement to drop 7nm development.
    Applications built in-house are some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    High attrition rate in Fab 8 due to recent announcement to drop R&D on future nodes. Likely good long-term decision for the company.
    Need to hire more process engineers in Fab 10, as vacant jobs are not being filled. This means more workload for everyone w/ no compensation for additional workload.
    Fab 10 office building is in need of desperate roof repairs.

    Advice to Management

    Finally GF is in a position to be profitable in 2019. Please make it happen.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Do some research first"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    “High school” mentality means popularity will bring you further than skill. So if you make friends easily, you’ll do well. If you’re not a hard worker, it’s almost impossible to get fired.

    Cons

    Take a long look at the reviews on this site. Notice how almost all speak of failure, uncertainty, and lack of direction, but the best ratings say this is the best company ever? That’s because not only does our HR group write fake reviews on the site, they’re actually completely blind to what’s wrong here. They honestly have no clue that nobody here is happy, and the only reason more people don’t leave is because there’s nothing else in the region for us.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth, even when it hurts. This is your directive. Tom, remember those face to face meetings you used to have when you joined the company? Why don’t you Start that again? I’m sure there are plenty of hard working technicians on the floor that will be happy to tell you what it means to get a lousy review, a $.10 raise every year and half their bonus taken away makes them feel.


  6. Helpful (23)

    "Time to move unless you like the gamble with your career"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great CEO (finally) who works tirelessly to make the company successful in a difficult situation, a lot of very good people, a lot of money spent to achieve leading edge technology, and what appears to be a patient investor with a long term strategy. It might work but the best hope is that the company gets bought.

    Cons

    An unfortunate but big mistake in selection of the head of HR who was head of HR just in Malta, NY from the beginning where there were employee relations issues from the start (since 2009) that were never resolved before she was made head of corporate HR through a two-level promotion. Did no one on the board make that connection and see the flaw in that decision?

    Also, since money has become extremely tight (McKinsey is everywhere and likely really in charge) rest assured the company will always make decisions that prioritize money over employee wellbeing every time. Be careful what you sign.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit that decision about who can lead meaningful transformation in employee relations, morale, and organizational health.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People were nice and friendly. Learnt a lot for them and very helpful

    Cons

    1. 4 different CEOs in last 7Yrs
    2. Headcount reduction/Re-Org every 2 years
    3. Firing good people
    4. Finance used to be a very good department with lot of experienced folks, fired good experienced folks for no reason.
    5. No Hikes or Bonus once you joined...1% raise on promotion.
    6. Merit is 1% or less

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees who in turn will take care of the business.

  8. "RF Enablement Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Essex, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Essex, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team ethics, good work, great place for entry level engineer
    (It depends on area and unit)

    Cons

    Terrible direct management, less perks

    Advice to Management

    Depends demographically
    California 3/5
    Dallas 4/5
    Singapore 3/5
    Dresden 3/5
    Vermont 3/5


  9. Helpful (18)

    "Sinking Ship"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Work-life balance is pretty decent as well. Office is brand new. Fitness center on-site, wonderful jogging paths off-site.

    Cons

    Office politics, no raises (unless you're a manager), poor training, management prefers to point fingers instead of just getting things done, I've literally been in meetings about setting up more meetings, select employees will have unprofessional outbursts (crying, screaming) in the office in an attempt to get their way (and they usually do), managers are basically immune from sexual harassment complaints (unless it's very extreme or they're basically on strike four), and a lot of wasted effort and money on failed "initiatives" to change culture instead of just doing work and improving production (example: Emotional Intelligence).

    Many "Engineers" look down upon and treat shift technicians poorly. Some managers have no technical understanding of what their people do. Annual performance review system is set up in such a way that it basically makes coworkers compete against each other.

    People should be aware that the Malta tech park is becoming a ghost town and GF has been going through multiple layoffs. The only reason Fab8 was set up in Malta was because New York gave them 10 years tax-free back in 2008 (which has since expired).

    Advice to Management

    Stop with all the fluff and pointless meetings. Do work or get out.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "It’s gotten better, but Technician compensation is still weak."

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    Current Employee - Facilities Technician in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Facilities Technician in Malta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    CEO is the real deal-Is making real changes from the ground up- how evaluations are performed, compensation etc. 2 Previous CEO’s we’re useless

    Good resumé builder (Perennial top performers frequently leave due to poor compensation)

    Cons

    HR refuses to acknowledge they have an attrition problem. They make uninformed decisions about personnel with the insistence that they ARE informed. Compare Technician compensation to that of Target distribution center. That’s right, Target.

    Attrition- Not going to beat a dead horse here, but when you have people that have spent 5+ years with the company and make less than inexperienced new hires what does that say about 1.) merit increase programs 2.)career growth opportunity 3.)incentive for staying. Their philosophy is to underpay their people (top performers included) until they actually find a better paying job and wait til they’re out the door to compensate them. “Sorry that ship has sailed and my mind was made up months ago” Keep your people happy and they won’t look in the 1st place

    No incentive for being a top performer. You’re going to get the same “meets expectations” review score as the guy that just shows up

    No reward for the guys that got left behind and still stuck it out through the tough years.

    Advice to Management

    Things are getting better, but you’re not there yet.