SEMATECH Reviews | Glassdoor

SEMATECH Reviews

To filter reviews, or .

Found 28 reviews

2.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
39%
Recommend to a Friend
64%
Approve of CEO
SEMATECH CEO Daniel (Dan) Armbrust
Daniel (Dan) Armbrust
13 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Forget the Past, Embrace the Future!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SEMATECH full-time for more than 9 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.

    SEMATECH2015-10-12
  2. "Innovative vision"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEMATECH full-time

    Pros

    Amazing place, big cloud vision for a small shop.

    Cons

    Politics can get in the way

    Advice to Management

    Never give up

    SEMATECH2017-10-19
  3. "uncertanty"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEMATECH full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a lot of technical expertize

    Cons

    CEO (Not Dan Ambrust, actually. The next CEO), uncertainty

    SEMATECH2017-09-27
  4. "Project manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEMATECH

    Pros

    International team work, next generation technology development

    Cons

    Currently under CNSE, and lost most of previous consortium performances

    Advice to Management

    na

    SEMATECH2017-01-20
  5. "Could be worse"

    StarStarStarStarStar
      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.

      SEMATECH2016-02-09
    • Helpful (8)

      "What's all the fuss about?"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albany, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I worked at SEMATECH full-time for more than 6 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,...

      Show More

      Cons

      Draw your own conclusions from the other reviews.

      Advice to Management

      The management at sematech doesn't take advice.

      SEMATECH2016-02-26
    • Helpful (4)

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

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Project Support in Albany, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at SEMATECH for more 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

      SEMATECH2016-02-12
    • Helpful (1)

      "Decent Place"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at SEMATECH

      Pros

      Decent work hours. Low cost of living

      Cons

      Dying field. Substantial amount of bureaucracy.

      SEMATECH2015-11-29
    • Helpful (6)

      "A sad state"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I worked at SEMATECH full-time for more than 6 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....

      Show More

      Advice to Management

      They wouldn't listen or care.

      SEMATECH2015-12-23
    • Helpful (10)

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

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Project Engineer in Albany, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I worked at SEMATECH full-time for more than 9 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...

      Show More

      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.

      SEMATECH2015-08-30
    Found 28 reviews