Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated June 23, 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)

    Great for Entry Level

    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)

    Pros

    This was my first job out of college. I was a great opportunity and I was able to network with many people; including local vendors and contractors. Good salary, lots of available vacation time, and a very casual environment.

    Cons

    Even though vacation time (PTO) is available, there is rarely time to take advantage of it. A normal work week is 55-60 hr and there is no compensation for exempt employees. There are many incompetent, power hunger, pretentious employees here who will make your days feel longer then what they already are.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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

    Pros

    Provides a good learning environment, especially if you are new to the semiconductor industry. Great people & Benefits

    Cons

    Amount of hours spent at work. Stressful environment.


  3. Helpful (4)

    I waited a year to make this so my feelings weren't fresh.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits It pays, if you are in dire need for a job.

    Cons

    As a tech, you are considered the lowest of the low. The serfs of the organization. The smiles at Samsung are fake. No one is happy here, don't let them fool you. The #1 used comment in this place was "This really is a good place to work". If you need to constantly reassure yourself and those around you that you have a good job, then you probably do not like your job. No one is safe here....not even management. The turn-overs are bad at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Quit crucifying employees in hopes to prevent the next mistake. The dog who is beaten will never be as loyal as the dog who is rewarded.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Not for a long term career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good company to build experience and some great people to work with; Good medical/dental benefits

    Cons

    Unrealistic demands and deadlines from HQ create a lot of unnecessary stress; Expect to work long hours; Management lacks logic and often ends up hindering their employee's capabilities


  6. Helpful (3)

    Cumbersome policies and systems

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    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This employer provides decent pay and benefits are as good or better than many other places. Most of the employees are nice people and are hardworking as well.

    Cons

    The systems and policies make doing your job extremely difficult. The training provided for the systems if half-hearted at best with a complete lack of details and accountability for those trained. The vast majority of policies are put in place for unnecessary reasons and those responsible for enforcing them don't even understand how to implement them if any abnormality arises.

    Advice to Management

    The management should really take some time to sit with those actually doing the work and see what kinds of issues make the work difficult. I think they would be surprised to find that the hardest part of many peoples job is figuring out how to get it done by the rules.


  7. Helpful (6)

    OK but have a Three Year Plan

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

    I worked 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

    For me I was there at the ground level when they started producing LSI in Austin so basically ever year I worked there I got to go to Korea, work on the latest technology, and work on fun and exciting projects with a real impact. Also benefits were pretty good. Not a bad place out of college for your first three years but you definitely hit a ceiling. After that just learn to play politics and maybe you can be leader of the site at best. Especially since they adopted this whole copy exact Austin is stupid policy. Reviews are easy just do a little bit and even if your are late they always give you 1's and solid raises.

    Cons

    - work life balance - company gives zero care about employees - they adopted copy exact from Korea without thinking and then revert when thats wrong - No longer get to think for yourself - below average pay

    Advice to Management

    Let engineers do engineering work, don't make them be secretaries implementing someone else's work.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Samsung Wins Best Workforce Bootcamp

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    -Salary: Good but not equal to level of responsibilities among colleagues -Qtrly Bonus -Benefits: United Healthcare & Dental, Vision, 401K matches a %, Gym, Cafeterias, Get $60 cafe credit monthly, barbershop trailer, oil change in site - Great learning & exposure. You will learn what it's truly like to work in a fast changing high tech. manufacturing company. -You will learn to react when production plans change (Tough but good experience) -Samsung looks great on your resume, move on afterwards - ~20% Managers authentically care.

    Cons

    - Like the saying goes especially those straight out of college,"Samsung is like boot camp to the workforce. If you make it a year, move on!" Any other job somewhere else will be a piece of cake -Engineers career path should not be managers. -Don't expect to innovate! Innovation is governed by HQ. You can innovate by automating reports or reduce process time or how about qualifying process steps new recipes, parts. - Hire straight out of college and turn rate is 1-2 yrs. time wasted in training. -Promotions are given with time. Don't expect to be promoted if you just got promoted. It takes about 2-3 yrs before that happens again. No motivation to be innovative and work much harder if you know you won't get the credit/promoted for it. Get promoted, coast it for 1 year or 2 years. -Managers- Get in the fab! Do you really know what I do? Most promotions are within the mgr circle -If non-Korean expect to work extremely hard to become a favorite! -If Korean that sucks too! By default your a favorite but by default you must work long hours. You must do things outside of your job scope, respond to request from expats from any department expecting you to drop your priorities, Expect to be a translator. -Work long hours DOES NOT mean dedicated. Work smart. -With the long hours and if you are a tech, stay as a tech! Hourly vs salary -We do a lot of administrative stuff when we should be maintaining tools. If admins order office supplies,they can help order parts.

    Advice to Management

    HR: Continue to look at management. Favoritism still exist! Managers- It's ok to take breaks but should stop by the cafes around 2:45-3:30. You'll find your regular slackers that take longer than what a break should be! 1 hr. I know because I'm in the fab looking for someone and hear it from a person and a person and a person. Some drive off on several smoke breaks. Mgrs: ask support staff and engineers to provide action list. You'll find your waste. Communication needs to improve from tech to engineers HR: Serious all those awards at qtrly meeting! They don't mean anything! How about showing your project in your review and be awarded a % of project to your review? Guarantee you will find more initiative in improvement projects! It's already our job to innovate, improve and find cost savings improvements. It's called driven! HR: -Good move in hiring ex military! These men/women are who you want as mgrs. Tough, fair, motivating. Education paid for technicians to get their degree and manage.


  9. Helpful (2)

    This needs to be fixed!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    -Salary -Bonus Qtrly -Benefits: United Healthcare & Dental, 401 And matches, Gym, Cafeterias, Get $60 cafe credit monthly - great learning & exposure. You will learn what it's truly like to work in a fast changing tech. Manufacturing company. You will learn to react when production plans change (Tough but good experience) -Samsung looks great on your resume, move on afterwards

    Cons

    -like the saying goes especially those straight out of college,"Samsung is like boot camp to the workf


  10. Helpful (5)

    Terrible Work Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are really great to work with

    Cons

    SAS grossly overworks their employees, without appropriate compensation (especially contractors). The culture is very negative overall. It is incredibly difficult to change departments, positions, and get promotions. Tons of office drama and bad politics. The Korean sister company feels like Big Brother, constantly interfering with production and policies.

    Advice to Management

    Relax and let youur employees do the jobs they were hired to do!


  11. Helpful (6)

    Senior Engineering Tech

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Bonuses are regular but not big.

    Cons

    Beware.... Stay on the good side of your supervisor. If, you make a mistake, any mistake, it will be held against you indefinitely. Was transitioned from one job function laterally to another. Had no formal training for new position. Supervisor started documenting "ANY" mistakes on 3rd day in new position. Example: OJT trainer walks you thru procedure from their notes, and makes mistake, allowing send-ahead wafer to be reserved by unintended chamber. End result - No harm or jeopardy to tools, or product, but you get written up for SOP violation and nothing happens to trainer for giving "BAD" guidance. Started send-ahead for chamber that SOP said was a strip chamber, but was actually a "process" chamber. SOP was incorrect-but you get write up.



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