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Updated Jul 24, 2014
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Senior Process Engineer Interview

Senior Process Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in June 2014.

Interview Details – Got a call from the recruiter to set up and interview. The interview process was very efficient. The interview was short -- half an hour with the recruiter, and two 45 minute panels of three interviewers each. 5/6 interviewers were managers, only one was an engineer and he was not doing the job I was being interviewed for. They asked a lot of behavioral type questions, not terribly difficult technically. They are looking to see if you're the type of person who is going to hang around late, come in on weekends, and answer your phone at night. The impression I got from the questions asked were that most of the criticisms on glassdoor were spot on -- they don't want to implement your ideas, they'd rather tell you what to do and have you do it, they want people who will work all the time, they use odd systems that are difficult to learn and navigate. The recruiting department was refreshingly professional compared to other companies I have dealt with during my job search.

Interview Question – what was your biggest failure?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The offer was mediocre and they were not willing to negotiate. It was not worth the time and stress involved to take the job IMO.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Engineer Interview

Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Interview Details – During the interview process, each candidate interviews first with one of the 3-4 recruiters at the company for 30 minutes. The recruiter will collect all paperwork, then answer questions about benefits. After that, the interviews are "Panel type" where 3-4 people will meet with each person for one hour. Expect there to be at least 2 of these. After that, the recruiter will call and make an offer if the team likes you. Background/Drug Screen, Hire date.

Interview Question – Describe in as much detail as possible the most technical thing you understand.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – They make an initial offer very close to what the final will be. There isn't much room to negotiate.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Engineering Technician II Interview

Engineering Technician II
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in May 2011.

Interview Details – Two engineers from different departments. Both were friendly and were more interested in making sure that we kept talking and not just waiting for them to engage in their questions with small answers.

Interview Question – It was all pretty basic , nothing like i thought it would be. Just career goals and past experiences   View Answer

Negotiation Details – it was them telling me what I would make, take it or leave it


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Interview Details – I received an email to set up a phone screen with SAS about 2 weeks after I applied online. This was only about 10 minutes and consisted of 3 behavioral interview questions. I was asked to come on-site for an in-person interview at the end of the phone call. As others have noted, this is a two-day process. The first night is for an information session where we went over the benefits and what could help us in the interview (for instance, be detailed). We then had dinner with some of the SAS employees in order to ask questions. Everyone here was really nice and welcoming (and seemingly honest).

The next day, you either had a morning or an afternoon slot set up for a little over 4 hours. This includes lunch, two panel interviews, a tour of the fab, and a leaderless interview. The order is variable for each person. All of this has been explained to you in emails - they even tell you the beginning question for each of the panel interviews so you can prepare an answer. This all seems very basic and they really seem to want you to do well. The leaderless interview is a fun little exercise where you try to accomplish something with your teammates. I was worried about it but it was much better than I expected. Again, all of the interviewers were nice and even joked around with me which made the process much less stressful.

I got a phone call 6 business days after the interviews so you will know one way or another very quickly.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you were not successful on a project.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Corp Engineer Interview

Corp Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in May 2014.

Interview Details – Initially applied for an entry level Systems Engineering position but was told about CORP by a recruiter as the recommended way to enter SAS. Started out with an on-campus interview, was invited at the end of the interview to come on-site with about 20-30 other candidates from other universities. On-site starts with an info session about SAS and benefits, then a sort of social dinner at a local restaurant with some Samsung engineers and executives (none of whom will be involved in the hiring process so just use the time to ask questions).

Interview process really starts next morning with yet another info session at breakfast, this time about Samsung in general. There are three interviews: two panel interviews staffed usually by one HR person and two engineers and a leaderless interview staffed by one HR and one engineer. There is also a facilities tour led by an engineer. The order in which these happen depends on when you get called out of the waiting room after the morning info session. I had all of my interviews before the tour.

One of the panel interviews was about why I wanted to work at SAS and some behavioral questions. The other panel interview was about my senior design project and the design and development process behind it. The leaderless interview was done with a small group of other candidates as a test of teamwork.

Interview Question – Describe a time in which you used a skill you learned in school to solve a problem out of school.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate, offer was more than I needed right out of college.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in May 2014.

Interview Details – Very short interview process. First night was a informal meet and greet dinner with managers. The dinner was not judged and most managers were not hiring managers. The next day, there are only two 30 minute interviews and one team building exercise. The rest of the time was presentations and a tour of the facility. One interview was more technical about your experience while the other was behavioral. Both are very easy if you have good interviewing skills.

Interview Question – How do you raise team morale   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Engineer I Interview

Engineer I

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Interview Details – I went thru a typical entry level interview. which consist of panel interview with engineering manages and HR rep. asked about typical semiconductor process and behavior interview questions. Got a phone call after 2 days about an offer. All entry engineers get the same pay.

Interview Question – need basic knowledge in semiconductor process   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – All entry engineers get the same offer


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Corp Engineer Interview

Corp Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in March 2014.

Interview Details – First, a phone interview where the recruiter asked me some very basic questions. I was then invited to an onsite interview immediately on the phone. They take you out to dinner and the interview is the following morning. The onsite interview included a panel interview with HR, another panel interview where I presented my senior design project, and a team interview.

Interview Question – If there was a more efficient way to do something and your supervisor instructed you to complete the task using a method that is obviously less efficient, how would you handle the situation?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – SAS seems to hire a large class of engineers, but manages to have very high turnover rates. They have a reputation for working there incoming engineers long hours and sometimes on odd shifts.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in March 2014.

Interview Details – Applied through my school's recruiting page for engineers. Within a week received emails from HR requesting a phone screen. Set it up for the following day. At the end of the screening I was invited to the 2-day interview process. Day 1 was a briefing of the interview process followed by dinner with many of the younger engineers and a few managers. Day 2 gave a more detailed briefing of SAS and what they actually do followed by the actual in person interviews. Two individual panels and a group panel.

Individual panels - one was all about my senior design project; the other asked about team related situations.
Group panel - simple observation by engineer and HR as they watch your team do a team building activity.

Interview Question – Describe a time you motivated someone outside of school?

Assume you're given 3 days to do a task you know takes a week (5 days) to do, how do you finish the task?
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Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate. Better offer than other companies. More than I will need fresh out of college.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Engineer III Interview

Engineer III
Austin, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in July 2011.

Interview Details – Worked with a recruiter. Lined up my interview on a particular day. Samsung flew me out to Austin, provided me a rental car, hotel, and meals. The day of the interview they had a number of interviews lined up. In the morning they provided a simple breakfast during which time you started filling out an application. Then came the first interview. That interview did not go well, nor do I remember much of it - it was with a team I didn't care for. After that was another interview with a team I was interested in. The mood of that interview was much lighter and friendly. Though they asked difficult questions, it wasn't an interrogation. For lunch Samsung provided a nice spread and had interviewers join us so we could ask more relaxed questions. Following lunch I was invited on a field walk where I got to see many interesting things and peaked my interest to work for Samsung. Overall, the atmosphere was friendly and professional after that first interview.

Interview Question – Explain in detail a process improvement that you personally developed and how did that improvement turn out?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I told the recruiter the salary I was looking for. They offered me $1,000 less than my offer. Since I had over-shot my original offer, I accepted. From interview to offer to acceptance took five days tops.

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