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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 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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    Seems like a good company, too big to be agile

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDepending on where you work, it can be extremely satifying. There is oppotunity to make a contribution, and have your voice mean something. The local management is under the direction of Samsung in Korea, so it can feel a lot like the Framers must have felt with "Taxation without representation."

    Even with that, it appears as though Korea listens to some of the leaders concerns, but drives profits ahead of anything else.

    ConsLots of opportunities to move within the company, and experience new things. Work/life balance is reasonable, and the teamwork is great. The intervewing process can feel a little strange, given that each hour can have 3 or 4 people in a panel interview.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen experiencing lapses in production, it is obvious that changes must be made. If the production is low and the leaders you have assigned tell you they are short staffed, consider bringing more people on. If the issue is quality of the product, consider revamping the quality department, not the whole company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best things in life aren't easy

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    Pros-Great Pay
    -Opportunity to provide ideas that are incorporated
    -Reliable bonus structure
    -Friendly and intelligent co-workers
    -Challenge on a daily basis (as the title says, the best things in life aren't easy) leads to a rewarding feeling of contribution

    Cons-Changes are accepted slowly
    -Job satisfaction can vary greatly depending on department

    Advice to Senior Management-Follow through on your commitment to being a top-tier company in terms of compensation
    -Don't be too stingy with headcount - it's better to have one too many in a group than one too few if you really care about Work-Life balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Your mileage will vary

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAwesome medical/monetary benefits, growing diversity of career programs, stable company if you work hard enough

    Consmonotony of industry (depending on what you contribute)

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that employees are corralled into the career-oriented jobs they need and/or want. If they get bored or frustrated, offer options and listen to them.

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    Internship at Samsung

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat chance for interns to understand the semiconductor world

    ConsSeemed like a new program, so a bit unorganized

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a good job.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosopportunity to move around within the company depending on what department you're in
    frequent instances of being able to stand out and get recognition/awards
    great benefits
    great pay

    ConsYour experience will vary greatly depending on department and team.
    Some positions will require unacceptable hours
    There are some systems that should be vastly improved

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf there's a department or team or manager or supervisor that has high turnover, it's probably for a reason.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Satisfied with the position, wish for a more transparent corporate culture and improved communication within the ranks.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong leadership, great opportunities, excellent location.

    ConsLack of trust from senior management. Continuous oversight and paranoia is ingrained within the culture. Long work hours are expected as is weekend coverage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cool place to work

    Scrubber Technician (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsDecent starting wages. Chill atmosphere.

    ConsNo real opportunity for moving up in the com[any.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep being cool

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience at Samsung Austin Semiconductor summed up in one word.....that word would be "Potential"!

    Process Technician (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    Proscompressed work week
    company atmosphere
    team building
    clear career paths
    benefits
    quarterly bonuses
    on-site cafeteria
    on-site gym

    Conscompressed work week
    favoritism in and for certain groups/depts (in my experience this happens everywhere to some extent so it isn't SAS specific.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't rely exclusively on the word of you supervisor/leads. I know that's the nature of their position and everything should follow the natural progression up the chain of command. Sometimes you miss out if you don't check with the help from time to time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Successful engineer, 7+ years with company

    Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsFantastic benefits. Health insurance is awesome (low out-of-pocket expenses, excellent coverage), cash bonuses and 401K matching are generous (100% vested matching, from day 1), lots of great on-site perks (gym, 2 cafeterias, Seatles Best Coffee Bar, rec rooms with ping pong tables, efc). Fast career growth if you're smart, capable, and self driven (see cons) - you will not be held back. I've been promoted 2 times in my first 5 years with the company and started leading my own engineering team after 6 years. As such, it's a great company for new engineering grads - the learning experiences and training opportunities will set you up well for the future. International travel to Korea has a great balance - it's frequent enough that almost all engineers go at least once, but not too frequent that it impacts your life. I've been twice in 7 years, 5 weeks each trip. What has ultimately kept me here for 7.5 years is the frequent growth opportunities (new projects, new challenges) and upward room for advancement.

    ConsWorking at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (SAS) is not for everyone. It is a very demanding and fast paced work environment that can be intimidating to some individuals. Those that are self-driven and seek personal achievement are the ones that typically do the best. You will be given a substantial amount of responsibility and will be expected to succeed at a very high level. Those that do well see their careers accelerated at a very fast rate (you will never complain about being "held back"). Those that prefer a more casual pace will be overwhelmed, lost, and eventually burned-out. On the plus side, I don't feel SAS is a cut-throat work environment. Engineers help each other out without fearing corporate politics or back-stabbing. At the end of the day, this is a high-dollar manufacturing environment, and that combination can be stressful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'd like to see upper management give their engineers the best possible tools to be successful. Even though Samsung Electronics is a multi billion-dollar, enormous global business, they can still nickel-and-dime their workers in areas that sometimes don't make sense. Company smart phone? (nope) Laptops? (nope) Industry-standard data analysis software packages? (nope). Constraints like this make the fast pace work environment even more difficult to manage.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Culture Shake Up

    Senior Engineering Technician (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsAs most know Samsung is a Korean based corporation. It is very good at driving to meet objectives & goals. Never seen a company utilize & manipulate Excel based applications. They are well above most companies when it comes to capturing, analyzing & comprehending data for old & new technology.

    ConsA big negative for them is the high turn over rate in a majority of departments. They believe in assigning a failing or bad review to at least one person per dept for each annual review. Management believes this constant internal competition to continually retain the "cream of the crop" employees. This is common in Asia but it does not translate well for Americans.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe high turn over rate for non-exempt & exempt employees hurts the overall performance & achievement capability. Management needs to do a better job of accurately reviewing whom works vs those whom don't. There are tenured SAS employees whom do not contribute equally while undermining others whom could be rock stars and elevate a depts performance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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