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Updated Jul 15, 2014
Samsung Austin Semiconductor – Austin – “Samsung Austin Semiconductor”

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2.5 197 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

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Youngwook ("YW") Park

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34% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The insurance benefits are great, the people you work with are great (usually), pay is good but not great(in 21 reviews)

  • This company provides opportunities to learn and grow and it has great pay and benefits(in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • expectation is very high and work-life balance is hard to find(in 28 reviews)

  • Groups can become short staffed which means you will be working long hours until positions are filled(in 15 reviews)

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    mediocre

    Engineering Technician (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGood benefits, not bad when wanting to get your feet wet in the semiconductor industry in Austin, TX

    ConsSome departments have some really bad, inexperienced people in leadership positions and it is a Korean company and you will be treated like a second class citizen if you are not korean.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to better learn how to be an effective manager or just get people that are qualified to be in those management positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineer

    Engineer II (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsLots of smart people to learn from, fast paced environment

    ConsPoor management, very corporate and political, controlled by headquarters, discourages innovative ideas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Pay, work-life balance depending on departmetn

    Conswork-life balance, high stress, 24hr coverage

    Advice to Senior Managementneed more focus on employee development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Paradise Lost

    Leader (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGreat benefits and perks. Excellent work environment for those on compressed work week. Quick advancement opportunities for those the fit the mold and are willing to drink the soju. Excellence and change are company core values which means that challenge is constant so you are never bored.

    ConsEighteen years into this experiment and still can't solve the Korean-local puzzle. Not an environment that is a match or welcoming for most. Life can be stressful for engineers in many departments. Leadership must develop a schizophrenic approach to treat their employees with an American style while learning to navigate Korean-style among executives. Disappointing that HR has recently compromised their ethics to ask trustees to spike the glassdoor reviews with advertisements rather than focusing their efforts on making the work environment healthier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBite the bullet and allow the workforce to achieve results in a manner that doesn't alienate people or cause undo stress. Allow SAS to be a global outpost or cut your losses and let your workers find long-term alternatives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard to keep up...

    Engineering Tech (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    Pros- The pay is good
    - Bonus system is good (not even close to what it was a few years ago and has been in steady decline, but can't complain it is extra money)
    - Compressed shift
    - Cafeteria
    - There are advancement opportunities, however it is difficult to get promoted.

    Cons- Communication is absolutely horrible.
    - This company fails with consistency and no focus. They are constantly rearranging engineers so we have a hard time knowing who is doing what. And keep moving engineers around to different roles and processes so there is inconsistency there where they are not up to speed on their work.
    - They hire a lot of people out of college with degrees and no industry experience.
    - There is no mentoring for technicians in the fab, we rarely see any of the engineers, nor is there any training from them. Training consists of reading a document that does not have all the information you need, and then you are considered an expert and held accountable for your actions.
    - Very stressful work environment
    - Some employees have their own goals, keep their knowledge to themselves to get ahead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees
    Communicate to your employees
    Value your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Quality Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNew technology opportunities, good benefits

    ConsTop down direction, no major independence at work

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake employees more autonomous

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

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    Maintain, not Innovate

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with, the environment is a lot of fun. There are travel opportunities to go to South Korea, I was able to site see during my visit.

    ConsInnovation is clearly not a top priority. We are an extension of the parent company and are extremely limited in any ideas that we present. This is how the majority of positions are with the exception of Equipment related positions where it is difficult to standardize completely.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the lose weight. There are too many employees just there for a free ride. Stop giving the same advice each quarter... Following SOPs, improving quality, decreasing defects are the only topics covered...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGreat benefits, some great people. The cafeteria food is pretty good and the support staff is helpful. The culture used to be pretty stifling but is slowly improving.

    ConsUnequitable compensation policy, not much in the way of career development, very out of the way location.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Started out pretty fun and good, has done nothing but spiral down after the loss of our one big customer.

    Engineering Technician II (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGood pay and benefits. Good team mates. Location. Depends on the group you work for, some groups are better than others. Long weekends after long shifts.

    ConsHorrible management. Cost savings taken to the extreme. Focus on items that are not value added, but someone elses priority who has no idea what your workload is like. Tool to tech ratio is untenable, you will never get ahead of the workload. Korean rules and computer systems are horrible. Every time you figure out the 'latest' system from HQ they change it. Upper management and HQ seem to go out of their way to make your job as a technician harder to do. Items that HQ learns are not shared with this site.

    There have been internal moves to take technicians off the floor and no way to show why there are less working because overall head count is the same. Very little time and effort put into training you, you are expected to learn on the go and not make mistakes. When you bring up the lack of training to management all you are told is that is how it has always been and that you have to figure out the equipment and systems on your own. Operating procedures are written by the technicians on the floor and are hit or miss.

    Most engineers seem to know very little about how the equipment works or what their changes do to it and do not care if they are increasing your workload because of their mistakes. Changes and new things are done right before they leave for the weekend causing support issues. Communication issues abound, technicians and engineers have been separated even more since the last reorganization that was supposed to improve things at SaS and all it did was add two more layers of management to the technicians.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement doesn't listen; so there is no point in offering advice.

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

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    Learn to balance punishment with incentive

    Engineering Technician II (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    Pros-Has worked well with reserve obligations and deployments, was well taken care of during 9 month activation to Afghanistan. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons-Management does more talking than doing, promotions are are very rare. Management style is confrontational, seems to only understand punishment with no use of incentives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through on what you say you are going to do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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