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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014
246 Reviews
2.6
246 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.  

    Decent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Fast paced, good perks (subsidized lunches, gym, company events)
    Stay on the cutting edge of semiconductor mass production

    Cons

    Micro management by Korea. Fab engineering is constantly subjected to forced implementation of misguided efforts at line matching or q&r initiatives that are actively harmful to the companies overall goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people on the sharp end. DE, Innovation, and Q&R are not only removed from the actual site operations, but are actively harmful to us obtaining our goals. It's next to impossible to spend time improving processes and implementing real defense lines when our engineering talent is forced to spend time making up change points to release BBTs for line issues or setting up the current flavor of the month in FDC.

  2.  

    Fast paced, cutting edge company, with great benefits.

    • 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

    SAS is fast paced, and never boring. Things are constantly changing and new challenges arising. Great benefits and PTO allowances/schedule.

    Cons

    Poor communication between SAS and Korea, goals and expectations change so frequently it is difficult to determine if any progress is being made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on clear goals between SAS departments and Korea, and agree on requirements to make effective change.

  3.  

    Great company to build a detail hands on experience

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

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

    Pros

    Provide an opportunity to learn real stuff with hardwork.
    Over time compensation is reasonable.
    Will be huge foundation for your engineering career.

    Cons

    Leadership change too frequently.
    Too much dependency on mother company.
    Work life balance is not guaranteed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor Response

    Nov 24, 2014Talent Acquisition Leader

    Thank you for your time and service at SAS. We are sad that you have taken your engineering career elsewhere. You are right to point out that this operation provides good hard work with real ... More

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  5.  

    A great way to cut your teeth in the professional world.

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

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

    Pros

    A large company in which you can easily find people to form close bonds with, as professionals and friends. There are interesting and unique surprises every day--sometimes every hour. You are exposed to a variety of situations within engineering (identifying and investigating a problem, setting up and improving processes, dealing with red tape and justifying data, etc.), and have a ton of data at your fingertips telling a lot of stories--if you have the patience, focus, and time discipline to look into it. There are a lot of good, brilliant people working here that make it easy to stay for three years and keep an optimistic outlook for most of it (my experience).

    Cons

    People who stick their necks out to fix a problem get criticized the most; people who contribute less but document it better are given Lean certification. People who chronically fail to perform their jobs will not be punished--managers will just punish every other employee instead, assuming everyone is as bad as the lowest common denominator. The company is surprisingly sexist, even among the recent college hires; this frat-house attitude nicely complements and ironically encourages the petty and pretentious traditional Korean leadership style we all loathe. No matter what you accomplish during the day, if it's not whatever your manager thinks you should have done or should have had time to do, you've failed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of structure, expectations, and training is YOUR fault, not theirs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor Response

    Nov 24, 2014Talent Acquisition Leader

    We are lucky to have you on our team. Your willingness to speak up and collaborate with other smart employees appears obvious. We hope you continue to form close bonds and examine the data that will ... More

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Process technician

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, starting pay. Shift differentials for night and off shifts. Compressed work week. PTO is ample and available. OT options.

    Cons

    industry conditions are cyclical, currently resulting in little money to spread to personnel.
    Very little advancement even for high performers due to annual review structure. This is standard in the industry and it is customary to move between companies in order to obtain pay raises. No acknowledgement or reward for loyalty or performance.
    Intense task saturation in some areas of the process. Like being an Air Traffic Controller with the recognition of a fry cook.
    Consequence, rather than praise-driven environment. "Do a million things right, do one one wrong you're gone"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more 24 hour amenities for a 24 hour operation
    more personnel support
    provide more frequent opportunities to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Supervisor review

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    You get about 10 simple multiple choice questions.

    Cons

    They're general questions. For example, is your supervisor supportive to your work? No space to put specific comments in. But you get very specific annual evaluation that includes lots of negative things. Sometimes not even your own. Because they seem to try to average out employee evaluation. Those who are lazy and don't do much work will most likely get similar score as yours. It's better not to be eager to take work because if you make a small mistake, it'll negatively impact your evaluation and you'll get similar score anyway as those who didn't do much all year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create specific comment box in Supervisor evaluation

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    mediocre

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer

    • 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

    Lots of smart people to learn from, fast paced environment

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Pay

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Good Pay, work-life balance depending on departmetn

    Cons

    work-life balance, high stress, 24hr coverage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more focus on employee development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Paradise Lost

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Eighteen 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 ManagementAdvice

    Bite 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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