Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  • The pay and benefits are very competitive (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
  • The work life balance is non existent (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. Helpful (3)

    Dead-end Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great deal of learning your first year.
    Name brand recognition.
    It seems cool and high-tech, again really only applies your first year.
    Salary is fair, but not for the amount of hours required.
    Insurance and 401K are OK.
    You will be an OWNER of something. This means they have somebody to blame for things.

    Cons

    The unfortunate truth is there is literally no future in your work here at Samsung Austin Semiconductor. It all depends on your boss, two sides of it. One, your boss has to be well-liked and really know how to motivate and lead teams. Two, you and your boss have to have a good relationship. That may be obvious, but if your boss is a different culture than you, you're basically screwed. It doesn't matter how many reports you turn in or how many "lots" you release. It won't change. You can change your title E1... E2... E3.... you still end up doing the same BS work as everybody else.

    Last but not least, the person doing the work doesn't get the thanks. It's the person standing over him demanding the work, that gets the thanks. How screwed up is that?

    Advice to Management

    Split up your functional groups. Production and Development should be completely separate.
    Speed and Quality are exclusives. You cannot expect to keep increasing speed while maintaining quality, not unless you put some investment in the systems to drive that.
    Your innovation department doesn't trickle down to the average employee. So many systems are developed, that people aren't even aware can make their jobs easier.
    Get a homegrown System development team here in Austin NOW. Every IT ticket somebody submits, doesn't DO ANYTHING because "we can't change it, Korea this and that". Break out the code and fix it.


  2. Helpful (4)

    New Engineers Stay Away

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, PTO, opportunities to work with cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    The amount of changes that are required from Korea with lack of sufficient data is alarming. If it's been done in Korea then it's not questioned and we are supposed to blindly copy exact. This throws innovative thinking and creativity in the back seat since. Maintaining personal engineering integrity is difficult when the work culture often alters numbers and data to appear better than it is. Cons could go on, but it would be the same stuff you read on the other reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Please stand up for you employees.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Crippling Cultural Differences

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer I in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer I in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Amazingly advanced manufacturing facility. Great experience and exposure in to the capabilities of modern manufacturing.

    Cons

    Along with the great manufacturing experience will come great experience in how to deal with poor management, bad leadership, and motivation through fear. Despite putting on a great show of working to adapt the corporate culture to more of an american climate, the only group that seams to follow through with that promise is HR. All of the other departments operate under a strict hierarchical form of leadership. The Korean cultural influence is very prevalent throughout the company. Work life balance is a term that HR likes to throw around just for the production groups to throw out. I have respect for the Korean culture but as a culture of live to work, it clashes severely with the more American, work to live. Expect long hours, expect work to interfere with your personal life and you will not be disappointed. Politics are out of control, you expect you manager to protect you from scrutiny when the time comes but they will be the first to throw you under the bus in order to protect themselves from scrutiny. Do not expect mentorship because you will not receive any. Baptism by fire is gospel at Samsung and when you do not succeed due to lack of training, mentorship, and leadership they will use discipline as a teaching tool to ensure that you learn from your mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Wipe the slate clean from the top down. The culture is too broken for anything but a clean slate to be effective. Invest in Leadership and mentorship to grow people rather than beating them in to submission through discipline and fear. Above all, adapt your culture to your workforce, do not try to bend your workforce to your culture.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    I see HR is pumping the ratings again

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Co workers usually are supportive of each other despite the chaos from above

    Cons

    HR - You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all the people all of the time

    Advice to Management

    start over with professionals - top down


  6. Helpful (3)

    Take the offer and keep looking for another job

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    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer I
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer I

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits package. It's located in Austin.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Promotions are given to manager's favorites or those who take credit for other's work. There are poor ethic practices in some departments and favoritism is king.

    Advice to Management

    Provide management training to engineers who make it to leadership positions. Unprofessional managers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Company has top down culture & discriminatory practices

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big name company, with many opportunities

    Cons

    You get lost in a big crowd, not really a collaborative work culture

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your employees and empower them.


  8. Helpful (32)

    A Tale of Two Cautions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Buddy system at its best.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (6)

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Stop violating all US labor laws to please the Koreans



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