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Helpful (6)

A place where careers go to die

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

The pay and benefits are very competitive. Bonuses are thrown at employees pretty much every quarter, regardless of the company's performance. If you like free t-shirts, this place will fill up your dresser in no time flat. The engineers and technicians that you work with are good people who just want to make the best of a bad situation. Definitely some of the most patient people I've ever met in my life. You'll also develop a profound appreciation for any job you get after working here.

Cons

If you're looking for a career that will let you grow technically and progress as a professional, this is not the place for you. Training here is a joke, since it isn't written by qualified experts on a topic, but by the person who last violated the rules. As a result you end up with nothing more a bunch of poorly thrown together PowerPoint presentations with 5-10 poorly worded questions about how you better not screw up or it'll really hurt. Vendor and device training are impossible to come by. If you don't spend countless hours of your own time outside of work studying up and keeping your knowledge up to date with current technology trends, you'll be out of touch in no time. "Abusive" is the word that comes to mind when I want to describe the company culture. You will never be treated as anything more than a tool by which work gets done. Thanks and positivity must have been beaten out of management during their leadership training. The only thing you'll ever hear from management is how disappointing you are and how no one can seem to do anything right. In addition, every employee, regardless of tenure or position, is treated like some criminal who can't be trusted for a second. You'll have to pass at least 3 security guards and badge in at least 3 more times before you can even sit down in the morning. Even after all of this, don't even think about being to use your computer to get your job done, because the security software installed on all computers prevents you from doing just about anything other than log in. Despite the fact that this company is a technology giant, you'll feel like you're stuck in the 1980's with all the outdated computers and software you'll use. Counter-intuitive is the key word to use when describing all of their proprietary systems - just think about what would make sense and they do the exact opposite.

Advice to Management

Get middle management in line and improve communication. Whatever sense of direction the company may have (if any) is completely lost before it gets to the people doing the work. Every supervisor has their own different expectations and none of them are in sync. The situation will never improve until the company as a whole begins to move as a unified force that has clear expectations and directives. Start to recognize that your employees are valuable, talented people and treat them that way. Beating people for 3 months straight then giving them some free stuff will not make them like their job. Sit down with the engineers and technicians and get their honest opinions about how to improve the way work gets done - there are a lot of great ideas and innovations to be had, but creativity is being stifled due to all of the wasted time spent on the current inefficient, oppressive set up.

Other Employee Reviews for Samsung Austin Semiconductor

  1. Helpful (6)

    If you really need a job........get your promotion & compensation up front. Prepare to be underwhelmed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great personal time off accural. Inexpensive benefits. Subsidized meal plan. Free T-shirts & other swag.

    Cons

    Hey Samsung, you have to invest in real training. Get a real training department. Get knowledgable semiconductor consultants to tell you that what training you are giving is weak. People hate filling out your surveys. You are giving just barely enough information to your employees to get product out the door; just barely. Your software & manufacturing systems are renown for being attrocious; copy or steal some from one of your competitors like you do with phones. Your performance review forms are designed for scientists; not techs or engineers. Acknowledge people's day to day efforts instead of insisting on powerpoint presentations. Night shift superintendants are there to snitch & spy; don't portray them to be looking out for your people's interests. Honesty is a virtue. Metal detectors entering & leaving & a security detail reminiscent of the Third Reich. Speed gates monitoring your every move. Cameras are watching you; everywhere. Very vague rules and policies which are somehow enforced. Lack of collaboration between equipment , process, & manufacturing groups. Lean is spoken of but rarely seen in reality.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare for the turnover; oh, nevermind, you don't really care anyway. Poor investment in your human talent with training & respect will simply result in continuous scrap events, poor morale, & lack of improvement. Consider hiring more experienced engineers; there are some out there. But they may already know to stay away. Hey HR department; consider your employees as an investment instead of a liability. Get your old fab in order before thinking of building another one.


  2. Helpful (5)

    The Worst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peon in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Peon in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good and affordable. They will low ball you on the pay but the quarterly bonuses were good while I was there . The cafeterias are pretty good. The fab is pretty impressive and you get to work on all new 300mm equipment.

    Cons

    I've worked for six different semiconductor companies during my careeer and Samsung Austin Semiconductor was by far the worst and that's putting it mildly. It's a hostile work enviroment. One reviewer compared it to being on "survivor" and I agree. If you work in the fab you will be constantly over worked and under maned and overtime was manditory more times than not. And heaven forbid you should ever make a mistake. Not much if any off site vendor training is offered. Turn over is real bad at SAS.

    Advice to Management

    The Koreans need to back off. They are making things overly complicated and difficult. Copy exact idea is a bad. 5s is nothing but a trash can program. We threw away 10's if not 100's of thousands of dollars worth of parts etc. just to keep the fab looking good for the managers. You can't keep a fab 5s'd while brining equipment in/out of the fab all the time. Train your managers to help/motivate/encourage/build up their workers and not tear them down and de-moralize them.


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