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  1. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International team work, next generation technology development

    Cons

    Currently under CNSE, and lost most of previous consortium performances

    Advice to Management

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  2. "Could be worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEMATECH full-time

    Pros

    Comparatively flexible scheduling and work balance, at least for me. You get to work in a lot of topic areas, which keeps things from getting too boring.

    Cons

    I feel like I have very little visibility about the company's long term strategy and what the plan is. There's a lot of waiting around and rumors and then suddenly something changes.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "What's all the fuss about?"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Let's appreciate the frustration and emotions expressed in many of these reviews, but let's also look at some realities here:

    1) If you got laid off following the advent of Ron Goldblatt and subsequent assimilation into SUNY, you're one of the lucky ones! You probably worked there during the good years, and you were a valued member of a respected organization that had industry-wide impact. Be thankful for the experience, and proud of it.

    2) If you're still there you don't have to work very hard... just smile a lot, pretend you're drinking the Kool-Aid, and act like you're extremely grateful for the opportunity. Sorry about the pay cuts and reduced benefits... Don't forget that you do have flexible working hours - simply show up before the C-suite gang and don't leave until they've gone home for the day.

    3) If you're thinking about working at sematech, fuggedaboudit! They're not growing and won't be hiring. The sad fact is they only add an occasional patronage position as directed by their SUNY Poly and NYS handlers, and those individuals are pre-selected by Ron Goldblatt and his Master, Dr K.

    Cons

    Draw your own conclusions from the other reviews.

    Advice to Management

    The management at sematech doesn't take advice.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Don't Bother ... It Ain't SEMATECH No More"

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    Former Employee - Project Support in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Project Support in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SEMATECH (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There used to be a lot of pros working for SEMATECH, there aren't anymore.

    Cons

    No direction, no advancement, oppressive upper management


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent work hours. Low cost of living

    Cons

    Dying field. Substantial amount of bureaucracy.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "A sad state"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The name SEMATECH still commands respect.

    Cons

    Sadly, the company has taken a drastic negative turn.
    The current CEO, Goldblatt, is completely unprofessional and unethical. He created jobs for his friends from IBM, and then paid himself referral bonuses for doing so. At the same time, he eliminated many other jobs, decimating the organization from its former glory. When anyone dares to question anything he does, he responds through threats and intimidation.

    The "reinvention of SEMATECH" is a ridiculous joke. If you look at the website, it seems that no significant work has been done since 2014, when he began his reign of terror. The list of Leadership still includes two people who he laid off in October. Its not surprising that the website hasn't been updated, since he eliminated the jobs of any administrative staff capable of editing it.

    The reality is that he has handed over the keys to CNSE (SUNYPOLY) to let them strip anything of value from SEMATECH that they can. CNSE tried for years to achieve this goal, and under his leadership, they have finally been given carte blanche to do whatever they wish. Staff were told that they had to reapply for their own jobs after SEMATECH was swallowed up by CNSE. When they did, only those that would benefit CNSE were offered their own jobs back at significantly reduced rates of pay and benefits. When staff questioned this, they were told to be grateful, leave, or risk being on the next list for a layoff - even though his friends and himself earn six figures. What started out as an organization of around 250 employees in Albany, has now shrunk down to less than 50. And it dwindles everyday.

    The long list of negative reviews on Glassdoor reflect the significant change in the workplace since he took charge. The only recent positive review is likely a plant by management.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen or care.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Forget the Past, Embrace the Future!"

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    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Rebuilt SEMATECH will be a key industry player.
    The old SEMATECH model was dying, not SEMATECH.
    Management is very transparent; if you have your eyes open and you are listening.

    Cons

    There will be some chaos until the new model of industry engagement is embraced.
    Lots of naysayers still on board (they will leave as local job market improves).
    Compensation packages not great (improvement will depend on how we embrace our future).

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course.
    Ignore your critics that are steeped (stewing and festering) in the past.
    The new SEMATECH/SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be successful if everyone pulls together.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work, until it wasn't."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SEMATECH full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There was a time when working at SEMATECH meant something. Challenging work, good benefits, respect within the industry. Today SEMATECH exists only to provide a cozy retirement home for washed out IBM execs, and SUNY Research Foundation patronage jobs. No longer an industry consortium, but now just another SUNY Poly press release, or the next photo op with Dr K and the governor. Once SEMATECH was absorbed into SUNY Poly every non-executive member of staff had to re-apply for their jobs, and accept offers with lower pay and reduced benefits; people who didn't leave or make the cut were told to be grateful.

    Cons

    No leadership and poor benefits for the industry. If you're into titles you'll like it.

    Advice to Management

    It's probably too late, but you might try at least acting like you care about people.


  9. "SEMATECH"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Northeast, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Northeast, NY

    I worked at SEMATECH full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule and wok

    Cons

    To many Managers on site


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Spiraling downward!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exciting place to be before layoffs.

    Cons

    poor communication by upper level management. Only the engineers were valued.


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