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  1. "Better work environment"

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    Current Employee - Internship in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Internship in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at X-FAB Silicon Foundries part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly place to work at.

    Cons

    Intern do not get paid


  2. "Product Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at X-FAB Silicon Foundries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people that work there are really great. Pay is fair for location. Learn a lot about how to be better engineer.

    Cons

    Flat organization so not a lot of chances to move up in company. Not a lot options for health insurance. Not many extra incentives.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have employee appreciation lunches or parties like a Christmas party. Also more options for health insurance would be very nice.

  3. "Horrible management structure"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Operator in Lubbock, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at X-FAB Silicon Foundries (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable manufacturing coworkers and engineers.
    Peers are generally helpful and welcoming.
    If you work in areas such as thinfilm, ye, implant, or test probe, you will end up doing very little work throughout the shift.

    Cons

    Pay is just enough to keep up with inflation.
    Business model us horrendous. Middle management has no understanding of what manufacturing does. Upper management doesnt seem to know if their middle management is doing a good job or not since no matter what metrics they look at middle management hasnt been changed in years. Lower management is a mixed bag. The more tenured are mostly knowledgeable and it is evident with how quickly they deal with any issues that arise. Others are no more than glorified time card stampers, who have less knowledge of what is going on daily than a bird looking through a window. Low level employees seem to be held to a higher standard than their suppervisors and it shows with mist of them being more knowledgeable than their supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job evaluating middle and lower management. A suggestion box would go a long way instead of generic surveys


  4. "Intern Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The working environment is good

    Cons

    I havent came across any cons


  5. "Things have changed with the new CEO."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at X-FAB Silicon Foundries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Insurance is okay. Compressed shifts are nice. Upper management are mostly pretty damn good at their jobs.
    A cafeteria too. Neat.

    Cons

    Middle management is clearly incompetent, as they spend most of their time finding some convoluted way to justify their position at the expense of both the company and the subordinates below them.

    There's also a good deal of buck-passing among the managers. Playing hot-potato with problems doesn't solve them.

    Lower level employees are ignored or looked down upon by some Middle Managers, making them quick to scapegoat if something happens

    The pay is pathetic both by industry standard, and the amount of work done by those paid the least.

    They don't particularly value their Operators (Now referred to as "Team Members"), and view most of them as expendable.
    The problem being is that this is not true, and have personally watched it take 2+ years for one area to recover due to losses of experienced Operators.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't 2008. Pay your employees what they're worth, treat them with respect, or suffer the consequences of a mass exodus that will probably cripple the Fab if not completely shut it down.


  6. "Team oriented experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team oriented, goals oriented, company vision and values, lean manufacturing focused. Salaried workers flexible schedule and remote computer access.

    Cons

    relatively little upward mobility due to flat management structure, although plenty of lateral career opportunities if one is willing to take risks.


  7. "X-Fab Texas"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at X-FAB Silicon Foundries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits good work environment

    Cons

    Pay is good for the area but low for field

  8. "Five years at this company and it is very rewarding and a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Shipping/Export Compliance Administrator in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Shipping/Export Compliance Administrator in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at X-FAB Silicon Foundries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Personable senior management. Outstanding IT support. Excellence in performance from all employees expected and management supplies the tools needed for that level of performance. Non smoking environment and rarely an offensive word is heard. I have received lots of verbal appreciation from my co-workers just for doing my job. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are typically lower than national averages. Its a long walk from the parking lot to the badge reader.

    Advice to Management

    Consider all employee social function (not just golf tournament for a select few).


  9. "Like semiconductors, opportunity is directly proportional to one's engineering capabilities and know-how."

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer Co-op in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Co-op in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    The best part of X-FAB is the freedom. They ask you how to do things rather then tell you how they are done. They give you process requirements and then it's up to you. My project was great. It was deriving physical models of the CMOS and BiCMOS fabriation proceses and attempting to put them into FEA software.

    The project required quantifying microscale behaviors that were so powerful they produced macroscopic effects that interacted with macroscopic fabrication processes. If you're into materials science, MEMS, computer chips, or IC technology you'll enjoy the intellectual challenge.

    Cons

    When you start doing things that are far beyond an engineering curriculum there is little expertese to provide the means to an end. Unfortunately, they don't have experts to prevent you from getting stuck on a problem.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to gain some experience in a chill environment and small city then I highly recommend the job, but if you want a glamorous job in a big city then this may not be for you.


  10. "The building felt like a jail but the people were real nice."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Lubbock, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Proximity to food and everything else in a small town.

    Cons

    The building is too big and easy to get lost in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a good job.


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