Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
231 Reviews
2.7
231 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's been great!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    As many have mentioned, pay, bonuses, benefits (health insurance, 401k, etc.) are all excellent. On site gym and cafeteria $$$ to spend to buy your lunch is good too. The community invovlement that the organization has is important to me, and I have enjoyed helping out where I can. They started a womens group this year too, where the women of Samsung can get together and network and talk which has been great.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is a challenge in certain departments and areas. People work long hours. But most everyone can take PTO when needed or wanted. I have concerns over management in my area....new manager does not know how to manage people. Was a good engineer, but bad manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers earlier - maybe before they become managers. Communicate better to those of us on the floor...we want to know what is going on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Appeals to a certain personality type

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, and the benefits are outstanding
    We stay on the cutting edge of technology
    Dynamic work envornment- it's impossible to fall into a rut in the engineering groups
    Austin location

    Cons

    Priorities can shift rapidly. If you like to know what you will be working next week, you'll have a hard time with SAS culture/
    Lack of accountability to other groups- upper management loves their metrics, most of which are metrics of fab engineering's performance. This gives groups that don't actually contribute anything to the production process a dispropotionate voice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the groups that actually make things happen in the Fab, not the guy reporting on the guy reporting on the guy reporting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seems like a good company, too big to be agile

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor for more than a year

    Pros

    Depending 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.

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best things in life aren't easy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Your mileage will vary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

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

    Cons

    monotony of industry (depending on what you contribute)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure 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.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship at Samsung

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Great chance for interns to understand the semiconductor world

    Cons

    Seemed like a new program, so a bit unorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's a good job.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    opportunity 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

    Cons

    Your 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 ManagementAdvice

    If there's a department or team or manager or supervisor that has high turnover, it's probably for a reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

    • 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

    Strong leadership, great opportunities, excellent location.

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Cool place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scrubber Technician  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Scrubber Technician in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent starting wages. Chill atmosphere.

    Cons

    No real opportunity for moving up in the com[any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being cool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Technician  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    compressed 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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