Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

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  1. 19 people found this helpful

    A Tale of Two Cautions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited free mediocre coffee throughout the facility, free parking, detailed instructions posted on front access doors about how and which doors to use to enter and exit the building, complimentary phone inspections upon leaving the buildings, great opportunity to be in an environment where using correct grammar is completely optional, huge separation between employees and decision-making management (10 + levels!!), free soccer on the front lawn, subsidized corporate dining establishments that are marginally less healthy than primary school cafeterias, and 100% total job security guarantee (provided that your vocabulary is restricted to the following words and phrases: "Yes", "Ok", "We will find the person who needs to fix that problem", "I'll get right on that", and "I love being part of this team" / "I feel like I am making a difference here"

    Cons

    When I was a young boy, I had an uncle named Horace. Horace came by the apartment where I and my 7 siblings lived quite often in order to help our mother take care of us, particularly during times when our mothers' nerves were as shattered as rapid-cooled obsidian due to our animal-esque behavior at times. Horace's favorite food to cook for us was something that he referred to as 'grilled cheese'. As a young boy, I was perpetually fascinated by the idea of melting cheese in a pan, but not as much as I was at the source of said melting action. Whenever he would set those cheesy bricks of bready goodness down, I would crane my head up to try to see the sizzling action. After a rapid series of deafening cuffs to my ears, I would eventually regain my hearing long enough to put together the general ideas that my uncle Horace was screaming at me. He would tell me that I shouldn't put my hands on a hot stove, because it can hurt a lot and make my hands get damaged. Even with this constant reminder, both verbal and physical, I still managed to reach for that delicious-smelling pan. Every time.
    As with Horace's cheese, so too did I find myself constantly warned away from Samsung Austin Semiconductor before I made the regrettable decision to uproot and land in this factory. Horace didn't warn me away from it, because Horace is serving 10 to 20 in Hattchawasee State Prison for horse thievery, assault with a deadly weapon, and jaywalking. Other people in the industry warned me (including all of you wonderful people who had tread before me by writing these helpful reviews about SAS here on GlassDoor).
    There are a great many things about this company that are frankly off-putting. My advice is to read through the comments and reviews that have been posted with the following rubric in mind:
    If you are desperate, young, unemployable elsewhere within industry, are comfortable with a job that you are nothing more than ambivalent about, enjoy listening to people either: complain chronically about their job or talk about everything but their job even when they're supposed to be doing work, are o.k. with assuming the workload of the aforementioned 'gossipers', are completely content to work for a company that sees you as little more than a tool that should have some measurable metric of output that can be used to determine your worth as a human being, are fine with a Human Resources Department that is just marginally operating within the confines of the law (and sometimes are so far out of employment law that one must assume that they've gotten some sort of express clearance and an a-ok from someone high up in government to make the sorts of claims that they do), and are completely content with having a leadership structure that consists of a decision maker (president) followed by a recursive loop of incompetence / ignorance / yes-person-preachers all the way on down to the level of the person (you) who is actually doing the job, then let me tell you: this. place. is. made. for. you.
    However, if you have a problem with the ideas of: you being recognized for your contributions to the team / company without fear of someone else blatantly taking credit for your work or managing to disparage your ideas publicly for the sole purpose of making themselves seem more competent than you or anyone else, being seen as a tool by management that is expected to work 60 - 80 hours per week (not that there is enough work in existence at the factory to warrant such hours) that are filled with countless trips to meetings that do nothing but serve as means for loud-mouthed people to talk about all of the work that they are doing (which is next to none) or are seeking to blame others for any failures that may be potentially assigned their way, being lied to by management / HR about pay increases / promotions / general policies / rules at the facility / reasons for everything and anything being done, feeling like you are valued, enjoying your professional life, having a set of skills when you eventually leave the company that are potentially marketable at another company / industry, having a set of software tools or access to data to enable you to do your job, working with a team of marginally talented people who rely on one or two 'rockstars' in the department to get all of the challenging work done while everyone else prepares powerpoint slides and justifies their continued employment by the number of poorly created summary 'statistics' generated within Excel, or the crippling feeling of self-loathing that accompanies the morning drive every day, when you decide that no, today is not going to be the day that you accelerate your car into that bridge support, but rather that you're going to just make that turn into Samsung Boulevard, switch off your brain, hide your self respect, and punch the clock for one more day of "do what some ignorant Korean in HQ demands that you do because they watched "Gung Ho" a bunch of times and think that the first half of the movie - where they think American Engineers are all idiots and should just blindly adopt a Zerg-like existence in order to be successful". If that sounds like you, please, for the love of your own sanity, life, well-being, and belief in yourself... stay. away. from this place. I promise you, you can do better.
    Think of me as your wise uncle Horace. Don't touch the stove... I promise I won't hit you with the back of my hand in your ears, but hopefully you'll listen without that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is absolutely nothing that can salvage this factory from its own perpetual downward slide into mediocrity and inevitable failure. Without a complete and total management / culture / software / methodology / mindset / HR overhaul, there is no way in which this place can be a healthy career step for an American Engineer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Buddy system at its best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits.$60 for lunch, free parking,

    Cons

    Management's doesn't care if you are the best technician on your group unless you are a member of their buddy system, they like a person that focuses more on kissing their behinds than a person that actually wants to do the job they where hire for. You could be working on the lamest project that has no use and benefit to your tool set and to them you are golden. Fixing the tools will not put you in a good position with the managers here, you have to be part of their buddy system to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start recognizing your good workers, the people that actually contribute to the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful

    Great company to build your work ethic and get some money and move on. Like being in the military. Learn to take orders.

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    Former Employee - Engineer III in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    SAS has good benefits and pay out of school. You be forced to learn good work ethic military style.

    Cons

    You be forced to learn good work ethic military style. Lots of problems with the duel management structure. Real power is held by the Korean dispatchers and not with local managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    No reason to work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Superficial stuff. All the regular perks of a large company: dining service, gym, decent insurance benefits, OK 401K match.

    Cons

    There's literally no reason to excel here. Last quarterly meeting, our new employees commented on all the awards given out. I nodded to this. But it doesn't mean squat. Raises are like 0.5%. Career advancements are scheduled, regulated, and slow. If you have a strong work ethic, and take on a lot of responsibility, you will be worked into hell with no thank you. There are literally people all around us that do nothing but small talk, and then there's others that work super hard every day. The mismanagement is so bad. Also, PhDs do NOT make good managers. Technical understanding provides NO skills when it comes to managing people, delegating, but also REWARDING your subordinates. Also, the whole company is sucked out of innovation. Match HQ is not a leadership strategy. Seriously, do you want to spend your career developing skills that keep your head down and sustain? Sustaining is not a career. Following someone's footsteps is not a career. And yet this is the only thing you are expected to do and if you deviate from this path you'll lose your job. Internal job transfers are not easy. Your boss controls everything. Your boss decides your PTO, your boss decides your career, your boss reviews when where what you do. Do not work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sucede from Samsung.
    Fix your "boss decides everything" policies.
    Actually offer real learning opportunities for those already with bachelor's degrees. i.e. REAL FAIR compensation for MS at UT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    None aside from the location Austin TX

    Cons

    Everything, No respect of workers, constant chaos and unrealistic expectations plan on working 6-7 days a week 16hrs/day is the norm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop violating all US labor laws to please the Koreans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Don't be fooled by the company's brand name.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer III
    Current Employee - Engineer III

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Austin, benefits, gym, co workers.

    Cons

    All the reviews pretty much summarize everything quite well. I'll emphasize the fact that most of what process engineers do can be done by a high school graduate with good people skills. No innovative or interesting projects given to us. Everything your given is driven By Korea and even when you finish it you come to realize that it won't be implemented because the benefit is minimal or the powers that be changed there mind. No clear direction what so ever by pls to supervisors to engineers about what our goals are. Career opurtunities are non existent. The worst is thing by far is that the systems in place that control if,when, and how we react to defect issues from de or ye are driven by idiotic spec references in Korea that make no sense and , due to matching are unchangeable. This has made most engineers too jaded to fight to do the right thing.
    Finally I'd like to say most people say ooooh just another whining person about semiconducting who probably sucks...my response is I've worked for three companies, have always been ranked in top 10% and REALY just want people to know the truth before coming here.
    What's kept me here this long are my amazing co workers who make this place bare able enough to stay...for now...;)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stress or job title never ever justifies condescending tones or being a jerk. Pay checks and having a job does not we are here to just not give our opinions and do simple easy and dumb projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful

    Run fast run far...away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company name is well known. Get your time in and move onward. Core values are shades of grey. Leadership has changed for the worse.

    Cons

    They, management, do not understand nor follow the words which they brag are the core values, which are = Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Learning, Family and Quality. Training is almost non-existence unless it is inside of the Fab.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    If you are Human, Run away.......

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Equipment Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Equipment Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Clean, beautiful campus. Subsidized cafeteria. Gym. Austin.

    Cons

    Micromanaged by Korean Uber Gods. If you are US native your voice does'nt matter. Advice, if you are young out of college....do NOT be lured by these people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sever L10/11/12/13/14/15/16 S1. Let SAS succeed based on TRUE merit. Copy exact is unrealistic. US innovation is the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful

    This is the truth

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Cafeteria and starting pay basically

    Cons

    terrible management, you wont get anywhere if your not "buddies" with them. Even if you are the hardest working employee in your group, it will take you nowhere. Co-workers talk behind your back, specially the sock lickers who are afraid to get fired. You can do a million things right and wont get noticed, you do 1 thing wrong and you are about to get kicked out. Absolute worst company. You will get thrown under the bus and stepped over by those who want to go higher in the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of the real workers with integrity and forget about your "buddies" who dont do anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful

    Please close down now!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing...yes pay, benefits, subsidized lunch is nice but at the cost of being a normal human being is not worth even 10x the benefits.

    Cons

    Samsung is one of the worst companies in the world to work for. The only people left are complete idiots that wouldn't survive a day at a real company. The only reason they have 3 stars is Samsung HR actively posts false positive reviews here, it used to be more humorous when the Koreans did it in broken English..,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up your little "circles of trust" as the whole thing will come crashing down and everyone who tried to do the right honest things you walked over to move up will not forget.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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