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Do You Want to Build Chips? GlobalFoundries is Hiring


We ran across an unexpected booth at the GlobalFoundries Technology Conference ? GTC 2010 ? among their partners? displays. GlobalFoundries set up a "Careers" information booth. The company has fabrication plants in Singapore, Dresden, Germany, and is building one in New York State.

We were told that they plan to hire no less than 5,000 new people world wide in the next few years, starting now. In fact, the two fellows manning the booth were, themselves, newbies. Each has been with the company only a few short weeks. Erv Thomas is the new University Relations Manager who spoke with us about their college recruitment plans. Campuses of interest in California are UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford. He is looking for design and technical individuals, electrical and chemical engineers, and material science majors.

Asked how to get hired, he suggested that a college student network, go to seminars, attend conferences such as GTC 2010, and just talk to people. He gets lots of resumes, but during a face-to-face at such a venue he can make an initial assessment. Still, each hopeful must submit their resume on-line. He says if you just apply on line without prior personal contact, it is hard to stand out, since all the resumes look the same.
Thomas explains: "The process of applying cold on-line does work, but the percentage of success is lower. A student should spend the money and attend conferences. One PhD from Stanford stopped to talk today. He?ll get a lot of my personal time, because he engaged with me, he took the time, so, then, will I."

Locations of GlobalFoundries Opportunity Summit 2010To provide a chance to meet applicants face to face, GlobalFoundries is embarking on an Opportunity Summit which heads to Virginia next week, then to Texas and across the southwest, bouncing into Idaho, Utah, and Oregon, passing through the Bay Area of California; back to the east coast to visit Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts, and ending back at corporate headquarters in Milpitas, California. You can put in an application for an interview at any of the locations by going to their website. The only question posed is: "Do you have experience working in the semiconductor industry?"

If you are coming from a college campus, perhaps not, but that?s where they are looking, so check it out.
"We want to attract semiconductor talent to go to New York," Thomas tells us. They are looking for technicians involved in manufacturing, process engineers, people who can work in procurement or planning for their under-construction, upstate New York fabrication plant [Fab 8]. This area isn?t the bustling, Manhattan-style New York, but near Saratoga Springs, a serene, somewhat rural area of great beauty, and towns of 12,000 people.

Erv Thomas, Mike Fujimoto say: Come Work for GlobalFoundries

Erv Thomas, Mike Fujimoto say: Come Work for GlobalFoundries

Mike Fujimoto, Staff Recruiter, is concentrating on filling positions at corporate headquarters. He is looking not only for senior staff engineers, but individuals to work in finance and human resources. With such an influx of new employees, GlobalFoundries will need a strong HR department. Fujimoto says they offer a comprehensive benefits package, with employer contributions, a bonus plan, and salaries that are competitive with the industry for that area.

Fujimoto, a new hire himself says: "I haven?t made my first offer yet. We are a young company [GlobalFoundries spun off from AMD early last year], and are just now initiating college recruitment." When asked why work for GlobalFoundries, Fujimoto stated: "GlobalFoundries has the financial backing, the technology, and the people to achieve their goals. We are well positioned for being Number Two in the industry, and you know what they say about Number Two." He let us finish that thought, "You try harder."

It was interesting to note that both people we talked to held positions at Number One before coming to GlobalFoundries. We had to ask: How do you like working at GlobalFoundries? Fujimoto, volunteered: "It is outstanding; good people, great opportunity to grow with the company. Different corporations have different cultures. This one values the people they hire. I?ve seen it already."

The semiconductor industry is an exciting place to be, especially if you are into making things smaller, faster, cooler [no pun intended], and more efficient. Research to come up with innovations is always on the front burner. Right now, silicon is proving to have its limitations and the industry is exploring other avenues for developing chips. So if you are a chemical engineer, electrical engineer, a material science, or even an administration kinda guy ? or gal ? give GlobalFoundries a look. From what we?ve seen of their road map, they just might be the best thing that happens to your career.