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Designer at SISA

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Current Employee - User Experience Designer  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Samsung Research America as an intern for less than a year

Pros

Great salary, great people, awesome environment.

Cons

Heavy workload, very corporate structure.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be flexible. Great idea comes from environment that encourages creativity.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, getting better, chances for real product impact

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    SISA (and Samsung more generally) is known more for industrial design than great software and user experiences. But Samsung has realized they need to offer more compelling user interfaces and user experiences, and they're working hard to grow their capabilities in those areas. While SISA is not yet a top-notch research and innovation lab, the derivative is in the right direction. They're hiring good people, and they're challenging them to do great work. Because Samsung sells a wide variety of products there are lots of opportunities for real impact.

    Cons

    Because SISA is still growing and trying to improve, it does suffer from some growing pains. The biggest is that while upper management in Korea generally realizes that Samsung as a whole needs to improve its processes and practices and looks to SISA to help lead those changes (since it's in Silicon Valley), those lower down in Korea often don't see as much urgency in transforming their practices. As a result, sometimes driving change requires a bit of patience and understanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help pushing on counterparts in Korea to drive improvements in processes and practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Heartless company making 3rd world quality, derivative products

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

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Medical benefits, business travels, and not much else really

    Cons

    The following are the negative aspects that are commonly experienced when working at Samsung:

    • Korean management, who were sent to the U.S. from Samsung Corp. in Korea, makes all of the decisions.
    • Non-Korean managers and employees are put in place to keep up an "American" appearance.
    • Management will favor ethnically and culturally Korean employees.
    • Culturally Korean employees will have work-related conversations in Korean in front of non-Korean co-workers.
    • Majority of managers are severely incompetent and have very little skill or expertise.
    • Working style emulates the military (probably Korean military).
    • At Samsung, female workers are second class citizens who need to feign traditional, submissive roles. Sometimes, they literally walk behind the male employees, especially if they are culturally Korean.
    • Employees work very hard to "compete" by analyzing competitor's products & features.
    • Compensation will be below par when compared to competing companies, unless you were an A level employee at the competing company, i.e. A, F, G, & N, who Samsung would like to poach in the area.

    If you are currently working for one of the top tier companies, please be well advised and make a better choice for your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please happily march along while Samsung declines worldwide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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