Thread regarding GlobalFoundries layoffs

Injustice and chaos

As a long-term employee of GF ( more than 5 years), I have to say that it has become a place where management is too distant from the workers, and a place with a fair amount of injustice. Lately, the turnover rate has become ridiculously high, and when you combine that with constant layoffs, as the company wants to get rid of anybody with a decent paycheck, and as the company is bringing in new young workers for cheap money, you get a place that is severely understaffed and in a fair amount of chaos.

I and my older colleagues get dumped with an amount of work fit for 2 or maybe even 3 people, so I catch myself working nights and weekends. I don’t even want to mention losing time on correcting someone else's mistakes. It has become hard to take the pressure. And all of that for what? For a less than an average salary, for managers taking credit for your good work and dumping everything that is wrong on you, and with room for promotion close to zero. I enjoyed working at GF once, but think I’ll be leaving this place soon.

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In the last few months, they gradually started to replace U.S engineers to China's Beijing folks. Now, half of U.S folks are gone in the project. But not all that bad, we got a very good unemployment benefits and open-arm welfare system ready to help...

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Post ID: @VLSZEU8-1xcu

I am a 'toga native. Global has impacted the area. Sure, there are lots of state workers. My wife is one of them. The state isn't exactly hiring lots of people. Neither are many other employers around the Cap Region. Global didn't have an impact on the area as a whole, and Clifton Park has always been popular, but Round Lake and Malta? Lots of newcomers may not stay, esp. if they are engineers who have to work in semiconductor to support their families.

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Post ID: @VLSZEU8-1etc

Yeah, I think you people put way too much importance on GF's impact in the Albany/Saratoga Springs area for housing. When the lay off happened in August, out of the 20 people impacted in my immediate organization only 4 or 5 were actually even talking about selling their house. Half of them were renters and the other half of the "owners" (5-6 people) either had spouses working in the area or were going to pursue employment in the area (and it's worked out for most of them) since they have kids in school. So we're only looking at a 25% rate of impact. Second, people in GF area spread all the way from south of Albany up to Queensbury so we're talking 150-200 houses spread across a pretty wide area. If you look at the inventory now, there are about 10,000 homes for sale, so it's not the big of an impact. I think interest rates and home values are more of an impact than "extra inventory". Besides the state of NY employs 20x the number of people compared to GF in the Albany area and those people have good secure jobs and are willing to go in for a long term mortgage.

Face it, GF just never made the impact on the region the way it was planning. It just impacted a bunch of people's lives who moved out there to work on advanced technology but management got in the way any way it could to not make it happen.

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Post ID: @VLSZEU8-dcn

I also got out early. Didn't want to be trying to sell a house with everyone else who got laid off. Would have liked a severance pkg, but glad I got soon and sold the house quick.

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Post ID: @VLSZEU8-rzd

I left after the first wave of layoffs. I wanted to land a better job before everyone else saw the handwriting on the wall. I found a job out west, and I cannot be happier. GloFo almost cost me my family, as I was miserable there. I was always on pins and needles at work, and I brought all of it home with me. If I had stayed, I would be divorced, stuck in expensive upstate NY, and still at a job I hated. There's better semiconductor jobs out there, in better, cheaper areas. I'm loving where we moved. Saying goodbye to GloFo was the best thing I ever did, even though it was scary at first.

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Post ID: @VLSZEU8-lrw

Funny, sounds like something I would have written 3 or 4 weeks ago, but I am out now. I had to move since there is nothing really semiconductor related around there (except IBM which is the same thing and CNSE which is also the same thing at UAlbany). It is a good environment to get out now. There will be more layoffs. This is a clear pattern of putting a company on the selling block. You keep reducing the "costs" until some s---er bites the hook.

Good luck to you and your colleagues.

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Post ID: @VLSZEU8-ahl

Me too, glad to have left that place. I was part of the involuntary reduction in June. While it did come as a shock initially, it made me realize there are so many good jobs out there. I did take a slight drop in pay, but I was able to change industries, and, boy, what a relief. I am so happy to be out of that chaotic, maniacal place. The culture was toxic, management was clueless, and most of the engineers didn't give a damn. Leave as soon as you can. GF will not survive. I've seen it before, this was my 3rd failed fab. Also, leave semiconductors if possible because all manufacturing is shifting to Asia anyways.

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Post ID: @VLSZEU8-kpc

Leave ASAP. There are many other places that offer more challenging environment and fair pay. I am glad to be out...dumped the place.

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