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Updated February 8, 2015
Updated February 8, 2015
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company provides opportunities to learn and grow and it has great pay and benefits (in 19 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and it takes a lot of mistakes to get terminated if you are well-liked by management (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance is a challenge in certain departments and areas (in 37 reviews)

  • Groups can become short staffed which means you will be working long hours until positions are filled (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    No reason to work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Run fast run far...away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    This is the truth

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  8. 9 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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    No leadership, no knowledge, no training, no future...

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

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

    Pros

    Backed by Korea, vast resources provide the opportunity to purchase and work on state of the art equipment. Compressed schedule is ideal, and benefits are par with any other semiconductor company (although lack stock options or employee stock purchase plan).

    Cons

    Leadership and innovation is nonexistent as turnover in both the engineering ranks as well as technicians is significant. Training of any kind is non-existent or vague at best. With exempt promotions awarded every 2yrs, most talent can only tolerate the confusion for a short period, and leave soon after their first "promotion." Most of the current Management positions are therefore held by the complacent few that have remained behind, who have been promoted by default or simply based on their seniority. Without the right personnel to actually manage programs AND people, failure and complacency will continue to be the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to replace the area managers with industry experienced proven professionals. The idea of growing talent internally is necessary, but NOT when that encompasses the vast majority of the staff. Though changes are taking place, it is time to replace those area managers that continue to thwart the efforts of others because of a lack of vision and knowledge to manage people - as they will always be the biggest resource.

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

    Korea is not the problem

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

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

    Pros

    State of the art semiconductor production facility. Benefits are compatible with other manufacturers - starting pay is median range.

    Cons

    A lot of reviews suggest Korea is to blame for the in inefficiencies and restrictions - the truth is its the American born captains in charge of this ship in Austin that are the root of the issues. They have become a syndicate from their last decade or so in a strange relationship of covering for each other while also battling for position and power with each other. Blaming each others groups is not uncommon, in fact it happens publicly with no regard for the impact on morale. During my tenure I honestly felt - in mid level management only - there was ~10% that were effective leaders that would provide guidance, mentoring and support to better their employees. The other 90% + the top tier management are in position merely by their tenure and their ability to survive in a visible highly political atmosphere. Management / leadership seminars are available however no change or impact seems to occur. Department vs Department fighting is constant. On several occasions I witnessed professionals being dressed down by managers publicly. Is this an atmosphere you want to work in? I chose not to anymore. No matter how many free $5 lunches you throw at an employee, nothing will ever make up for workplace humiliation,embarrassment and insecurity. There are better companies out there that practice the culture of respect and development of their employees. Samsung Austin is a elementary school playground with all the social hierarchy and drama that goes along with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut off the head and the tail will fall. You have a problem in the top chairs in Austin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cost Savings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Purchasing in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Purchasing in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People there are great to work with.

    Cons

    Cost savings taken to the extreme, Management is oblivious to issues within Purchasing Department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight, analyse your employees job functions. One hand doesn't know what the others doing, Ever!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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