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Successful engineer, 7+ years with company

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Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

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

Pros

Fantastic 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.

Cons

Working 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.

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I'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.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Never work here

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of PTO that you can never use.

    Cons

    Awful management who never misses the opportunity to abuse their power to intimidate their employees. The directors and VPs are more like a gang. They are all horrible, but they don't fire each other and fire any good directors that sneak in. All of their decisions are 100% political and are never best for the company. They hire a lot of young engineers, lie to them during the interviews, and make them work horrible hours doing jobs that a monkey could do. The hourly employees (technicians and "specialists") are not allowed to work overtime, so if one takes off, engineers have to come in on nights and weekends to do the jobs of techs (which is even more brainless than "engineer" work. The director of HR basically makes all the decisions for some reason, and she pretty much views engineers as cattle. The funny part is, HR sent out an email to mid-level managers, telling them to lie on Glassdoor.com to get their rating up. Any recent positive reviews are directly from HR.

    Even a good semiconductor manufacturing company would be awful to work for, because the industry is so low on profit margins that they have to abuse their employees. Samsung is even worse than most and will make you hate your life. Please do not work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and put people with at least a tiny bit of intelligence in charge. You are running the company (and your employees' lives) into the ground.

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  2.  

    Great work experience!

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    Current Employee - Mfg Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Mfg Specialist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Samsung has cutting edge technology, great benefits and good people.

    Cons

    Takes some time for information to get to the specialist level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication from management to specialist level takes too long

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    Approves of CEO
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