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1 person found this helpful  

Good to get your feet wet

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

Pros

Good compensation and benefits package. Good group of people with high energy. Good place to get started.

Cons

Everything is an emergency. It makes it hard to distinguish what truly is an emergency and what is not.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Constantly try to diversify the skillset of your people.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company culture takes away everything

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary, and quarterly bonuses. Cool campus with coffee bar, gym, ping-pong, basketball court, and walking trail. When the industry is on the upside, quarterly bonuses can be up to a month's worth of pay. Employee appreciation days and department events are good during this time.

    Cons

    The semiconductor industry is cyclical, and the downturns are not pleasant. Everyone turns into cost-cutting machines instead of actually improving business processes. Layoffs increase, bonuses dry up, and pressure from HQ increases dramatically. However, the current president has worked hard to prevent layoffs and still provide some bonus.

    There is a lot of pressure from management to work, work, work. Work-life balance is something you have to fight for. Product is being run 24/7/365, so that means work accumulates 24/7/365. With more work means more deadlines, more issues to fix, more headaches, and more stress. It often feels like a never-ending marathon. Also, the software systems you are working with are mainly translated versions of HQ's systems and are a pain to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SAS has a terrible retention rate of their employees. This falls on managers, who are mainly expats on temporary rotations from HQ. Korean culture is very different from American culture. There must be understanding from both sides. SAS is not the pride of the country like it is in Korea. If employees are unsatisfied here, they will not hesitate to find some place more enjoyable. There is too much brown-nosing. Make promotions fair... they should be based off of quality of work not quantity. Communication is also very poor, and arrogance is no way to lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced highly stressful job

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are great.

    Cons

    Stress. Training is terrible. Us versus them mentality between Engineers and technicians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix corporate culture. Not a lot of happy people due to poor mgmnt. High turnover is the result. Not a lot of mid career people there. Lots of lifers and new unexperience people which suggests a high turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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