Samsung Research America

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4 people found this helpful  

Not a global company

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Samsung Research America

Pros

you get to work with new technology development. you will meet other start-up companies pitching ideas to you, but Korea will tell you to court relationships and then not follow through. beware of your personal reputation as a samsung employee

Cons

all power lies in Korea where they have little understanding of consumers outside of korea. very little work life balance. they work you to death and it's generally considered "the way it is"

Advice to ManagementAdvice

place more value and trust into your employees

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very incompetent management

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    Former Employee - Researcher  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Researcher in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Research America

    Pros

    Very very few. If you want to work for a company where everyone does absolutely nothing, this is your dream job.

    Cons

    Management is completely incompetent. This is supposed to be a research center, but no group is focusing on getting papers published in good conferences. Mainly because management is unable and incapable of doing that.

    And this is a very very sad company. Do not expect any sort of happiness inside SISA, or even seeing a smile when walking through the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be appreciated by your reports if you read recent publications once in a while. That might help reach your goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Anything but research

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    Former Employee - Researcher  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Researcher in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Research America

    Pros

    -Good balance between life and work. I saw many Samsung reviews that complain about working too much, but I believe that is not the case at SISA.
    -Food is excellent

    Cons

    -Research is not the focus. Keeping HQ happy -whatever that means- is. Just look at the number of publications coming out of Samsung: is really little.
    -Leaders are seriously incompetent, but HR tops them. Management is selected according to very random criteria (age, years of experience) rather than ability to do actual research.
    -Benefits are bad when compared to other companies. You start with 10 days of vacation, and you only get awarded 25.. after you have been in the company for 25 yrs!
    -This is a korean company within Silicon Valley - literally. Keep this in mind before joining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are in Silicon Valley: embrace it! Instead of having a mini-Seoul location, get some good people from all over the US (mainly good managers and leads!!) and give them some tech goodies: ability to telecommute, a fun work environment...and yes, bring research back.

    Doesn't Recommend
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