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Principal Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Santa Clara, CANovember 10, 2018
There were lot of changes all the time. Things were not planned very properly. Global teams were not managed very well. work life balance was minimum. However people were very nice
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Lots of meetings but lots of freedom for self-driven person
Senior Section Manager (Current Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 31, 2018
Everything is done by meeting but conference rooms are in high demand often forcing delays to when one is available. Most work is unsupervised but also with little direction or resources. Managers are not unified in vision or purpose so there are lots of direction changes with no clear achievable goal. Lots of good people working hard and the interactions are generally great, but the site has had so many losses the culture tends to be a losing one. Perhaps the hardest part of the job is the constant threat of reorganization and getting a poor rating. The rating system is non-transparent and demoralizing. Turn-over seems to be high in most areas and company memory is also lost along with that. The next hardest thing is probably the lack of communication from department leaders. The job does have its good challenges and rewards and there's a lot of motivation both internally and externally to make the place successful.
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Nice work conditions, good cafe, beautiful area, great benefits
Cons
No parking garage is rough during bad weather, forced distribution rating system, old school management style
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Good Stepping Stone
Failure Analysis Engineering Tech (Former Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 29, 2018
My direct management was very good. Can't say the same for upper management. Too laid back. No one followed SOPs. Different shifts did things whichever way they thought was best. As a tech you get paid the same with a bachelors as people with a high school diploma. Room for advancement is mostly into management. They don't give a lot of money in tuition assistance. But great work life balance i loved my shift.
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Work life balance, friendly people, diverse staff
Cons
low pay, poor higher management, risk of lay offs
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Member of Technical Staff Device Engineer (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 26, 2018
Management does not understand or knows what is really happening to working engineers.
favouritism occurs strongly, and thus it is not fair to many.
Poor management direction is leading to poor company performance and financial status
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Survival mode
Senior Manager (Former Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 26, 2018
New foundry company facing technology challenges.

Need to differentiate and improve continuous.

Multiple semi - autonomous sites with no key controller.

Corporate culture diversity is creating too much conflict.
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Fair place to work if you are willing to put in the effort
Senior UPW/W/WWT Technician (Current Employee) –  Albany, NYOctober 24, 2018
Fair place to work if you are willing to put in the effort. The culture is one in which you can learn and grow as an employee, but you will have the most benefit if you are a self-directed learner
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Extremely challenging , time sensitive
Staff Facilities - Facilities Construction Manager (Former Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 17, 2018
With all of the challenges of a new startup facility located in upstate New York , finding contractor / labor force the high tech. clean room construction required full time training of the workforce and building the culture for a safe work place. The hardest part of the job was encouraging the work force to use lean construction practices. Kitting or material available in a timely manor to complete the daily expectations
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One of a kind site, all new systems
Cons
long hours
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Excellent Company to work for
Executive Consultant - Global Rewards (Former Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 11, 2018
Great international company with excellent management worldwide.

Smooth running HR function, smart Sr Mgt and they are open minded to change.

Many (most) employees have advanced degrees.
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A sinking boat
Senior Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 10, 2018
Horrible and incompetent management ruins the company. First line managers don't know technology and don't assume any responsibility. Second line managers and the above are even worse.
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Poor place to work, Management is clueless
Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 10, 2018
Management can not make a decision, and when they do it is one or two weeks later. Micromanagement is their theme, and setting up peer verse peer instead of teamwork. Upstate NY location, high taxes and rents. NCG are hired while those with any experience are discarded when offering advice. No communication or good safety practices.
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None
Cons
Poor Management, Communication, no advancement
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GF dug itself a deep hole
Manager (Former Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 10, 2018
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a moderately successful semiconductor foundry with serious organizational and money problems. In trying to dig itself out from a top heavy and costly structure, it has cut loose too many good and talented, knowledgeable people. Cutting numbers instead of smartly cutting dead weight could be the undoing of FAB 8 Malta.
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Pay, Timeoff, Insurance
Cons
Culture, Instability, Management Structure, stressful work environment, silo'd departments Lack of loyalty to employees
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Work place with ping pong table and gym
Supplier Quality Management (Current Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 9, 2018
I have been with the company for 7 years, many improvements have been made. Not much stress, balancing in work schedule and family life. Overall a good company to work for.
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Nice work place to balance work/life, environment is frendly
Physical Failure Analysis Engineer (Current Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 7, 2018
GF locate at suburb area of Malta, which is a less expensive area to live. The working environment is relaxing but the management is confusing with unpredictable future in a long term.
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Very Promising team but disappointing Senior Management
Design Enablement Engineer (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 3, 2018
Each team dedicatedly comes with impressive ideas and races against time to achieve them. However, the communication is very opaque from the senior management. There's not enough flexibility to learn from other teams.
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Too many chiefs, not enough indians
Senior Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 3, 2018
Management is by far better manned than the technicians who actually do the work... as people quit and get laid off they don't back-fill those roles, they just expect YOU to do more... demand it. Our engineers are all recent college graduates that don't know the equipment, the industry, how to relate to people, how to collaborate, etc... typical immature 24 year olds with a piece of paper and zero professional experience. Which means they lean on the technicians A LOT to make up for their shortcomings... and there's literally 5 or 6 "engineers" for every toolset.. should be one EE and one PE... but they are so incompetent they need 2-3 EE and 2-3 PE to handle it. The engineers are always 'too busy' to do their own jobs so their work gets passed to you, tho it appears their time is completely filled with meetings... they are zero, or very little, value-added people. Yet the cubicles are a ghost town on a Friday afternoon... hmm?? There is no accountability for bad work and brown nosing will assure you get the promo over the techs that are actually solving problems and doing good work. If you have industry experience working for any other Semi conductor manufacturer, do NOT apply here.. you will be very frustrated. Intel, Samsung, Micron all have their pros and cons.. but they are FAR better companies to work for. Do not expect more than a 2% yearly raise, do not expect bonuses, do not expect stock options or any kind of profit sharing.. the best they do here is match your 401k contributions, up to only 3%. They've also had 4 layoffs since I started working here 3 1/2 years ago...  more... maintenance techs are usually safe since we are always understaffed, but the labs, admin, and engineering get hit really hard every time.  less
Pros
Close to Saratoga if you like horse racing, bars, and the 21 year old party scene (had to think hard to come up with a pro)
Cons
Poor management, too many managers/engineers, Bad engineers, Short staffed, Job security is bad, pay is stagnant, bonuses and profit sharing don't exist
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Good job for the area
TEM Sample Technician (Former Employee) –  Malta, NYOctober 3, 2018
I was recruited by GF then laid off within 1 year. I've heard of this happening several times in the recent past. They seem to hire enmasse when they need a project completed then have no regard for the employees when the project is done.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
long hours, No job security.
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Same management as IBM
Staff Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) –  East Fishkill, NYOctober 2, 2018
Upper management is clueless and pay raises are non-existent as is profit sharing, no room for upward mobility. They lay off good works and keep people who serve no useful purpose
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Contracter at Global Foundries
Fab Logistics Technician (Current Employee) –  Malta, NYSeptember 30, 2018
I worked for Global through a contractor called superior talent. One of the hardest parts of the day is the timing; I had to be at work at 6am and leave at 6pm. One of the first things I noticed about Global was the lack of training; for the most part you are given a desk and given little information on what you are suppose to be doing, it is easy to make mistakes...and you absolutely will do something that will affect the FAB. A dedicated training program would be nice. The people there are nice and fun to work with but it can get very boring during a 12 hour shift and you will experience hours where you have nothing to do. The pay is pretty decent regardless.
Pros
Free Coffee, Smoke rooms
Cons
No Benefits as a contractor
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Stressful and unorganized
Sr. Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) –  Malta, NYSeptember 28, 2018
I have worked at GF for over 3.5 years. Job is secure with basically no advancement, management is non existent and pay is low considering inherent risk of working on semi-conductor tools. What passes for engineering is really a bunch of 20 year olds with engineering degrees, most of which have never had a job and don't know or do anything. Staying at GF would only be done because the job as an MT is very secure, although the stress and toxic atmosphere make it more and more unbearable every day.
Pros
Job Security
Cons
Toxic environment, low pay for expectations, dangerous work and little to no recognition or respect.
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challenging times in market
Finance Manager (Former Employee) –  Santa Clara, CASeptember 25, 2018
Company is going through a challenging time. Management is pivoting on business strategy resulting in adjustments to product offerings and staffing. Employee moral is low.
Pros
none
Cons
job uncertainty
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