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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Buyer Beware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very good and smart people at all levels who work hard, care about trying to make things work and trying to make things work; nice headquarter offices; reasonable benefits

    Cons

    The list is long. There is no clear strategy to make this company successful. The leadership team is fragmented, the organizational structure chaotic and the strategy of the business appears to be "let's try this to see if it will work." There is very poor work/life balance, those who work hardest get more added to their load while others seem skate and the total compensation package is at best, sub-par and at worst, a joke. The CEO is most likely brilliant but has an abusive style and hair trigger. The rest of the leadership team seems unwilling to tell the Emperor he has no cloths. Under it's current configuration, this company has very little chance of turning the corner to profitability and success.

    Advice to Management

    Get real. Get out of your offices and listen to your employees. Put an incentive and equity compensation program in place that is competitive, makes sense and realistically achievable. Either develop a strategy that you will follow and is based in reality, or accept that this "dog don't hunt" and figure out how to reorganize and reshape the company (sell off parts as necessary) to become profitable. Thin out the leadership team. There are too many with unclear or conflicting roles and some who are just not the right people to successfully lead the company. Get the CEO to mellow out. Driving to success is great...beating people up along the way is counter productive and sets a culture of fear which is a good descriptor for the current culture.


  2. Helpful (23)

    "Glad I'm out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience to be a part of a start-up team in a new area. State of the art facility and global presence. Great potential if they can get out of their own way.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the start-up mentality never ended. Too many leadership changes and no direction. In fighting between teams and countries. Managers not held accountable for their unprofessional behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing in your buddies. Managers need more behavioral training and need to be accountable for the actions of their teams.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Manufacturing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Essex, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are better than average for unskilled labor.
    Onsite parking has plenty of open parking spaces.
    Full time employees (not supplementals) have better than average vacation for unskilled labor. Company does compensate for working holidays and provides personal days to make up for having to work most holidays.

    Cons

    Pay is less than living wage, even for long-time employees; historically the max pay for production employees of this fab had a hard limit of the mean of the industry standard, which by definition means you are guaranteed to paid below average.
    Management and by extension employees are encouraged to be competitive/adversarial to each other rather than working for overall productivity/efficiency. Disincentive to do "non-value-added" but necessary work.
    Transition from IBM to GF systems means most of the IT systems are poorly designed, are needlessly complex, and simply make work more difficult, or are not used.
    No growth potential in manufacturing. Not a good option for long-term employment.
    Work volume has increased to at times the highest the plant has been in operation; number of employees performing this work is at it's lowest number, and is supposed to go lower.
    Twelve hour shifts and staggered work schedules creates heavy strain on family life.
    Expect to work at least 50% of weekends and the majority of holidays.
    Increasingly difficult to schedule time off around holidays or summer.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "A place like no other"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Ballston Spa, NY
    Current Employee - Technician in Ballston Spa, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good retirement. Close to home(for me) decent health care. Good schedule options. Good differential pay for night shifts(12-15%). Good vacation, sick and personal time off.

    Cons

    Management!! Unable to advance from within without being bullied by your boss. Very clicky atmosphere. Don't expect to hear about a job opening in your area. Communication is terrible between shifts, and about new policies. Everything is managed by email!! Expectations are set for you without knowing what they are. There is zero training! They want yes men. Bring your knee pads if you want to be successful here.

    Advice to Management

    Why not try to treat your technicians like humans instead of children. Have some faith in the suggestions we have. When a job opening comes up in the department, tell your people!! Stop promoting yourselves and then saying.. Oh there's no promotions this year. Try communicating without email for once. Get your people involved in what we're doing here. And stop trying to make our career paths more important than they really are. Stop making up goals to justify your job.


  6. Helpful (69)

    "Only took less than 18 months to turn enthusiasm into regret"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Semiconductors on the east coast.
    Easy to find things that need fixing.
    Maybe 1 out of 3 employees cares enough to actually dig into problems and fix things.
    Medical Benefits are good and employee contributions are reasonable (though they are significantly higher than the previous year

    Cons

    I'm regretting leaving my previous position and coming to Malta and GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
    It pains me to admit how bad things are.

    At first I didn't believe the reviews I read of Glassdoor. I thought they were disgruntled employees who maybe didn't belong in the job they were in.
    Now I understand why turnover is so high.

    I have decades of experience in semiconductor manufacturing but have never seen such a mess.

    HR is dishonest and worse than that mostly clueless They touted the perks of a Long Term Incentive Program while wooing me to join even while they knew that the plan was not funded the previous year nor in the year when the offer was made to me. The plan didn't pay out in the year I started and they canceled it the next year.

    HR rarely gets anything done on time. Don't know if it is a poor HR function or HQ that keep changing things at the last minute. No matter, either way it effects employees and operations negatively. They are late with hiring plans, late with authorization to hire interns so we miss the best college applicants, late with getting the appraisal system open. Late with getting the salary tool open. And with all of this lateness it is never right the 1st time, changes get made and we have to do it all over again. The one thing they seemed to handle well was the layoffs. What should that tell you about their core competencies?

    The company isn't making money. Salary plans and bonus plans are slashed.

    No company has a great appraisal process but process at GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a joke. Way too much time and effort is put into setting goals, documenting results, gathering peer input, providing peer input and countless layers and layers of management reviews. In the end managers are disregard actual achievement and force fit everyone into a predetermined distribution with no wiggle room.

    I had great hopes that GLOBALFOUNDRIES could get a good start but we seem to stumble at every step.

    Advice to Management

    You say you want to build a "Culture of Execution". What you have built is a Culture of Back Stabling. Employees are being shown that the implementation of hyper rigid forced distributions on appraisal ratings means the process is a zero sum game. Other employees must be rated poorly in order for you to be rated favorably. If there can only be so many good appraisal scores then you must trample your colleagues to have a shot at the brass ring.

    Manager should send their time managing the fab and their employees instead of spending three months to execute the annual appraisal process, reviewing, changing , reviewing, changing, forcing fit into a dictated distribution, and reworking a salary budget over and over as cut after cut gets pushed down from on high.


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Gaining experience and moving on..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really nice caring and intelligent people at GF. The cafeteria is ok some of the times( depends on whos on yhe grill )

    Cons

    Every other week there is a change in direction. Section Managers are not on the same page with eachother. The pay is not up to standards. The feeling of this just being a job and not really feeling as though you matter. You might matter to your immediate supervisor but when it comes to HR (who makes all the decisions) we are all just expendable pawns in their little game! No one listens to the enployees.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in the employees that take pride into coming to work ON TIME and stop playing these political games where they give all these titles for people that barely can do the typical day to day. Also managers should lead by example!!!


  8. Helpful (18)

    "Potential, Potential, Potential - but not there"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Malta, New York site is very impressive - $15B site.
    Very well funded
    A lot of very bright and friendly engineers and managers

    Cons

    Business processes vary by department - no central quality organization at Malta site.
    GlobalFoundries is a conglomeration of companies that each have their own distinct cultures.
    Bureaucratic mentality prevails in much of the organization - it will be a long time before this organization can truly optimize - due to political conflict over customer interest. CYA mentality is present if not pervasive - for good reason.
    From a global market perspective, GF is the 3rd horse in a 3 horse race


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time

    Pros

    Commute, Gym, Cafeteria and of course good looking mostly empty building

    Cons

    No future to this company. IBM employees who came on board makes more money than veteran employees here. If you are applying for S/W engineering position in certain divisions, you are wasting your time. Especially in IT,CIM,MT.

    Advice to Management

    just sell this company to Chinese and get some change.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Volatile"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AMHS Engineer in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - AMHS Engineer in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, nice workplace, great cafeteria, some good people

    Cons

    Stressful, Volatile, being in the fab, tech vs engineer disconnect

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be less of it


  11. Helpful (14)

    "Exhausting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Malta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything is new. Great cafe

    Cons

    Very tired. Too many emergency's, and too many directions, because management is running scared.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. It also takes money & commitment to play in this industry.


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