Samsung Austin Semiconductor
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www.samsung.com Austin, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
Samsung Austin Semiconductor – Austin – “Samsung Austin Semiconductor”

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    Great Benefits.....

    Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsThe insurance benefits are great, the people you work with are great (usually), pay is good but not great.

    ConsSamsung is managed from a top down approach, and lower management is punished if they cannot implement what the top up envisions no matter how feasible it is. This also means there is little to no creativity/innovation granted to anyone not in management. Samsung HQ is in Korea and it very much feels like Samsung Austin is a little brother, they push their influence and don't take on any suggestions. This is a good place to start if you want to get into the Austin area, but otherwise it is not worth it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou really need to start shifting the company culture otherwise you are never going to be able to compete with the likes of Google, TI, Cirrus Logic, DropBox, Facebook, TSMI, etc.... which are all at your backdoor looking for creative and qualified engineers. To be blunt "get over yourself".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Eng Technician (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsTeamwork enviroment, GWP . . . . . . . . .

    ConsManagement Teamwork enviroment, GWP . . . . . . . . .

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick up for the entry-level people

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    Most Comprehensive & Honest Review of SAS

    Experienced Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsOverall compilation of what other reviewers are writing here are very accurate in regards to great health benefits and pay is average compared to other semiconductor standards. They actually started trying to increase and catch up most employees’ salaries after a consultant’s assessment that SAS is paying below similar industry salaries. Unfortunately, these are where the “Pros” stop for this company.

    ConsAs most reviewers have pointed out, Samsung Austin is just one of many Fabs outside Korea; so therefore, it is imperative that standardization with other Fabs is a “must”. What this translates is frustration for most employees due to the lack of ability to innovate and have autonomy. Most managers are “home grown”, which means they started in the company with no prior experience and were promoted to management due to their skills. Unfortunately, most of them do not have the “People Skills” to be an effective leader, even though they may have the technical skills that got them to move up within the company. These types of managers that have no personalities and empathy are very hard to work for since communicating with them is almost synonymous to speaking with a robot.

    Most positive reviews found on this site were fabricated and I can confirm that the HR Group solicited several employees to write positive reviews in order to attract new employees (I was one of them and refuse to sell out and keep my integrity). I understand in today’s economy that it is very difficult to find jobs and if you happen to be one of the “lucky” employees that get a job here, follow most of the reviewers’ suggestions and use this company as a stepping-stone to get to where you want to take your career. Believe me, money is temporary happiness and working here will always have you worried about your job because they instill the “fear” in the company and they want you to feel “lucky” that you are able to work here.

    Unfortunately, one person (your direct management) in the company can make or break your future here. So if you are not very liked by your direct management, your future will be very limited even though you are a stellar employee and others notice it. In the flip side, if you are “buddies” with your direct management then he/she will take care of you and you can be assured that you will move up the rankings on a “timely” basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize your employees wisely and allow them to have the ability to “showcase” their skills and actually listen to what they can offer. Provide a clear career development strategy for your employees and make them feel like they have a future and a career at SAS. It is unfortunate that you have created a counter-strategy for people leaving by continuously hiring and replacing the people that leave. Unfortunately, this type of strategy will costs abundance of money and time loss for the company. SAS is in an all-time low in regards to morale and at least 40% of your dedicated and experienced staff are now actively looking and planning on leaving, which will be very disruptive to the success of this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Past high performer - grass IS greener on the other side

    Engineer III (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsI worked at SAS for close to 7 years - I survived the layoffs, held multiple shift schedules, and held multiple roles. All these factors are a necessity that I do not hold against the company.

    The company is transparent in it's expectations - you will work a lot, and they take great measure to make sure this is known before you start. Pay is decent, and PTO is flexible and abundant. Healthcare is also great.

    ConsI will not highlight the long working hours, the challenging management structure, or even the tense relationship with Korean counterparts - those are a given part of the job, and something you sign up for. Please read ahead for what I believe to be a definite and unique "con", though.

    The problems that face employees at SAS are sometimes non-issues elsewhere due to the way the company conducts it's business. Homegrown applications and business processes that do not observe any kind of industry standard practice are incredibly inefficient. The company's backend (IT Infrastructure, support roles) is terrible and makes accomplishing even the most mundane tasks a challenge.

    Furthermore, training in these homegrown practices and applications will NOT provide skills you need for other company's that observe industry standard practices and enterprise applications.

    Aged desktops and security programs decrease employee mobility and flexibility. This is 2014, time for an overhaul! Get laptops, introduce newer security software, and start using online collaboration tools.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo things that will make work FUN. Laptops, online collaboration tools, and high quality software make it much more enjoyable to work. Provide mobility and a high-class product / interface that makes the engineer proud to work for the high technology company that Samsung is supposed to be. Stop using old technology! Adopt industry standards that will make engineers worry less about growing their skillset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No work life balance

    Process Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsBonuses were great. It is a younger work force that is fun to work with.

    ConsVery long work hours. Required engineers to work shifts. Hired me at the top of the pay scale (wasn't told) and then not available for any pay increase for a minimum of 3 years and that was only possible if I got exceptional reviews and was promoted.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Samsung

    Equipment Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsThe health insurance, free money on your badge for food, vendor dinners and lunches, although management suck i still really love the people that i work with. I guess you get close to people when they are all put through the same hardships of matching S1

    ConsPoor planning by the upper management, all management are puppets to the koreans in S1, they have very little pull to do what they know is the right thing to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPoor planning by the upper management, all management are puppets to the koreans in S1, they have very little pull to do what they know is the right thing to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Review from a white-collar worker

    Anonymous White Collar Worker (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros* Benefits (especially health care) are good
    * Working for Samsung sounds cool, because everyone knows the phones.
    * Lots of employee social activities to promote relationships between employees
    * Very strong safety record; however, accidents still happen (one guy recently burned 10% of his body with acid)

    Cons* I worked there for five years. The complaints in other reviews are true
    * Don't be deceived by the high profits in Samsung's mobile handset division. This is Samsung Semiconductor, where profits are low (unlike the mobile division of Samsung).
    * Some managers are routinely verbally abusive to employees. Samsung is an Asian company, so they turn a blind eye to tenured managers who scream and are openly hostile to their direct reports.
    * Micromanagement and empire building are everywhere.
    * If you have a good idea, that is not your idea, it came from your manager. If your manager pours water on the floor, it's your fault that the carpet is wet.
    * New ideas are not welcome; Korea dictates the design for every component of the process. People deny this to new recruits, but you quickly find out that your ideas are meaningless until they are spoken in Korean. This is not an equal opportunity workplace.
    * I went through other reviews and noticed that Samsung HR employees are posting nothing-but-positive reviews. This speaks for itself.

    Advice to Senior Management* Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. You need to fire tenured employees who abuse their reports; that means firing people who have been there many years.
    * You can't come to America and use Asian management techniques. This is the premier employer in Korea, so the dysfunction is tolerated. In America, you're just another bad company. Good people will continue leaving until you remove the cancer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good stepping stone for a better career

    Process Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsOne of the best things about this company which many people have said this before is the Health benefits.
    They do have a decent pay for a recent engineer grad.

    ConsThis place is terrible to work at. Morale is at an all time low. They are in a cost saving mode right now so the mentality is how can we save money. This means poor bonuses and low raises.
    The work life balance is non existent. If you want to work holidays and late nights then this is the place for you.
    I remember one time it snowed in Austin and every business was closed but Samsung. The company knew the weather was going to be bad but they sent out an email saying that everyone had to be there the next day or take PTO. They had no care for their employees safety.
    The micro management here is ridiculous. It takes weeks to get anything accomplished with all the hoops you have to jump through. Everyone wants a report or the documents formatted their way, then the next week the report requirements will change and a new format will now be needed. The departments also reorganize every couple of months so you have no stability.
    The company hires some of the dumbest people i have ever worked with. I have no idea how some of these people get degrees. They also hire and over pay experienced engineers that do the same work as an entry level engineer would.
    Management doesnt promote based off of the quality or amount of work you do but its based on need for the department and politics. If the department has no Engineer 2's in it then they will promote the needed amount to make the company look stronger. Even if the people they promote surf the internet all day and have no idea how to do their job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost of them need to be fired and new people who know how to manage employees need to come in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get your feet wet then leave

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFrequent bonuses.
    Good salary.
    A small gym.
    A cafeteria.
    It's high-tech.

    ConsToo many to list.
    No Work/Life balance. You will have to work weekends, you will get calls on your days off, you can work 12 hour shifts.
    No innovation, no ingenuity. It's do things as you're told to do. Really good place to work for ex-military.
    Bureaucracy prevents action. EVERYTHING is a request and approval. In fact, that's all you do. "Approvalers" as they call them or as they horribly translated from Korean. If you were hoping to do manufacturing or engineering, you'd be wrong.
    Software and computer systems are an absolute mess. They will show you 10 different programs that will do something slightly different, all of them horrible. You must know their limitations.
    Do yourself a favor, steer clear. If you really are dead set on working in this industry, get a job at an American company. Don't be a punk and come here for the money. Need more? The perks are just for show - Ex. xbox 360s but will never ever get used. Just there to pretend they have fun. The "Keep off the grass" sign.
    Promotions are based on tenure, very little based on performance.
    Middle management is clueless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the work employees are dedicating themselves too. Most of it is meaningless and boring. Give people something more important, more meaningful, something that actually takes engineering or calculations and you may have happier people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very much dependent on your manager and department you work for but mostly very demanding with high expectation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsPTO, health, dental, vision benefits along with quarterly bonus

    Consexpectation is very high and work-life balance is hard to find

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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