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Fair pay with good bonus for copy cat mobile services

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Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Fair salary, good benefits and good bonuses. Company brand name.

Cons

Everything is urgent with no real tools or control to make a significant impact. Get things done, no matter how it's gets done. Obvious Korean preference if you wish to move up. No clear vision. Carousel of leadership. High turn over. No real innovation. Scared upper management, survival is the game for directors and up. No one high up the ladder wants to really innovate just duplicate. Those who do want to innovate have and will eventually leave. If your product becomes a success HQ will try to take it over and spit you out.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Grow a pair

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lot's of chaos. Lot's of politics. Try to make progress while working in a spinning washing machine.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Pay. Worklife balance is good so far, but when HQ starts to pressure management (the way this project is going, they certainly will), the pressure will fall at the feet of the employees who will be expected to work 24/7 to achieve unrealistic goals and pull something miraculously working out of a tangled heap of disorganized mess.

    Cons

    Totally chaotic. Can't make progress because people are stepping all over everyone else's feet. Infighting abounds. Managers don't have a clue of the technical details and thus make unrealistic and unreasonable requests and misguided assertions which requires worker's time to try to explain often to no avail--managers want stupid things done, thus stupid things must be done and when it isn't successful the workers will be blamed.

    The IT department is a pain in the neck and the compute resources are crappy (ultra books [so called] that work like crap), constant connectivity outages, lack of flexibility in how you can setup your work environment.

    Apple need not worry. This place is a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the current management and find a group of leaders that believe in making progress in a less chaotic politically driven environment and instead is driven by problem solving and information. Give people in the group a sense that this project is well organized and makes steady progress toward realistic goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn about the mobile industry and the trends. Korea / US control issues and politics slows things down!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great working hours
    Decent salary and bonuses
    Access to devices
    Good overview of mobile industry and opportunity to talk to a lot of companies for collaboration

    Cons

    HQ (Korea) still controls most things
    Leadership is not as strong and visionary as it should be
    Processes are broken with no clear roles and responsibilities as well as success metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a visionary leader
    Reduce dependence on HQ for decision making

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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