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X-FAB Silicon Foundries Reviews

Updated November 23, 2018
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  1. "Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compressed work week. Once you are converted you have paid time off if it is approved. Overtime when you want it.

    Cons

    Probation period is long but understandable. They want to hire people who understand the work. Training is hit/miss with some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Work closer with new individuals coming in. Take time to detail work that you expect them to achieve.


  2. "Great place to start but do seek growth beyond the company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at X-FAB Silicon Foundries full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, the compressed shifts allow one to work 3 days on/3 days off and then 4 days on/4 days off.

    Cons

    There can and will be drama like any other workplace.

     Individuals find out they've been let go in an unsavory manner.

    If you're looking to move into any other direction besides that of the semiconductor industry then you must do so without anyone's knowledge.

    Favoritism exists.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No second chances"

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    Former Employee - Wafer Fab Operator in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Wafer Fab Operator in Lubbock, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work 3 days off 4, then second week work 4 off 3days

    Cons

    You mess up once they dont give you a second chance

    Advice to Management

    Look around, people are human, we make mistakes, its not like they havent.


  4. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - N/A in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady hours, decent benefits. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Very poor training, extremely underdeveloped managment staff. Culture circles around blaming instead of correcting root causes. No room for advancement almost never promote experienced employees. Most higher level positions are never filled by qualified canidates within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Improve training by developing a visual and walkthrough of day to day.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.