Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
217 Reviews

2.7
217 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The insurance benefits are great, the people you work with are great (usually), pay is good but not great (in 21 reviews)

  • This company provides opportunities to learn and grow and it has great pay and benefits (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • expectation is very high and work-life balance is hard to find (in 28 reviews)

  • Groups can become short staffed which means you will be working long hours until positions are filled (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    mediocre

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, not bad when wanting to get your feet wet in the semiconductor industry in Austin, TX

    Cons

    Some departments have some really bad, inexperienced people in leadership positions and it is a Korean company and you will be treated like a second class citizen if you are not korean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to better learn how to be an effective manager or just get people that are qualified to be in those management positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Reactive leadership, poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer II  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Samsung takes great care of the employees, benefit wise - both hard and soft. Health insurance is excellent, pay is decent, 401k is not awesome but above average, quarterly and annual bonuses (annual starts Jan 2015). Quarterly average 1 to 2 weeks pay. On site gym which is decent, and monthly allowance/$$ matching for cafeteria.
    Also the technology is pretty darn cool - I don't like semiconductors but really it is kinda cool dealing with nanometer and angstrom sizes. There are some really good & knowledgeable people working there - techs and engineers. I am an engineer and have been in 2 departments as both an equipment and process engineer.

    Cons

    Reactive style work. You will ALWAYS be putting out fires - and I mean ALWAYS. Everything is a crisis and needs to be completed yesterday, even though the information was just released. We are also the "troubled teenage daughter" to the parent FAB in Korea. We would be shut down if it were not for several customers demanding the chips are made in the USA. Virtually all improvement ideas will be vetted by Korea, and many will be turned down only to be introduced a year or two later branded as original Korean work. Seriously.
    After 3 years there, I cannot name a single engineer (outside of management) that has been there longer than 5 years. The attrition rate for engineers is around 40% for a given department every 1.5 years. New people come in, get worked hard, and then leave. Samsung doesn't care....hey they are Samsung, everyone wants to work for them, so there will 20 other people lined up to take the role. And the cycle continues....

    Honestly,, I could go on for quite some time. Bottom line, if you like semiconductors work here for a year to get your foot in the semicon door, then QUICKLY go elsewhere. If you are not sure you are passionate about semicons, avoid this place. Don't work here just because you feel "oh I need a job" . You will be sorry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing that they care about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Korea is not the problem

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Semiconductor Professional  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Semiconductor Professional in Austin, TX

    Pros

    State of the art semiconductor production facility. Benefits are compatible with other manufacturers - starting pay is median range.

    Cons

    A lot of reviews suggest Korea is to blame for the in inefficiencies and restrictions - the truth is its the American born captains in charge of this ship in Austin that are the root of the issues. They have become a syndicate from their last decade or so in a strange relationship of covering for each other while also battling for position and power with each other. Blaming each others groups is not uncommon, in fact it happens publicly with no regard for the impact on morale. During my tenure I honestly felt - in mid level management only - there was ~10% that were effective leaders that would provide guidance, mentoring and support to better their employees. The other 90% + the top tier management are in position merely by their tenure and their ability to survive in a visible highly political atmosphere. Management / leadership seminars are available however no change or impact seems to occur. Department vs Department fighting is constant. On several occasions I witnessed professionals being dressed down by managers publicly. Is this an atmosphere you want to work in? I chose not to anymore. No matter how many free $5 lunches you throw at an employee, nothing will ever make up for workplace humiliation,embarrassment and insecurity. There are better companies out there that practice the culture of respect and development of their employees. Samsung Austin is a elementary school playground with all the social hierarchy and drama that goes along with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut off the head and the tail will fall. You have a problem in the top chairs in Austin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If U see a positive review here - it maybe posted by HR @ SAS

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Recognized brand name. If you get in a good work group, great. If you get a boss that understands work-life-balance it can be good also. You can learn how to survive in a business that does not take lessons learn from any of the business programs for improvements, methodologies, or really embracing what is written all over the walls; as being a place of honor to work - not.

    Cons

    Innovation and doing processes like the “big boys” is not a business concern. All are an extension of HQ in S. Korea. Largest user of water and electric in Austin!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe clear the decks and bring in better blood for all management levels? Or last one out, shut off the lights? Let HQ write it off the books.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cost Savings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Austin, TX

    Pros

    People there are great to work with.

    Cons

    Cost savings taken to the extreme, Management is oblivious to issues within Purchasing Department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight, analyse your employees job functions. One hand doesn't know what the others doing, Ever!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to learn from, fast paced environment

    Cons

    Poor management, very corporate and political, controlled by headquarters, discourages innovative ideas

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits.....

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

    Pros

    The insurance benefits are great, the people you work with are great (usually), pay is good but not great.

    Cons

    Samsung is managed from a top down approach, and lower management is punished if they cannot implement what the top up envisions no matter how feasible it is. This also means there is little to no creativity/innovation granted to anyone not in management. Samsung HQ is in Korea and it very much feels like Samsung Austin is a little brother, they push their influence and don't take on any suggestions. This is a good place to start if you want to get into the Austin area, but otherwise it is not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to start shifting the company culture otherwise you are never going to be able to compete with the likes of Google, TI, Cirrus Logic, DropBox, Facebook, TSMI, etc.... which are all at your backdoor looking for creative and qualified engineers. To be blunt "get over yourself".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    ENG TECH

    Current Employee - Eng Technician  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Eng Technician in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Teamwork enviroment, GWP . . . . . . . . .

    Cons

    Management Teamwork enviroment, GWP . . . . . . . . .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick up for the entry-level people

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Paradise Lost

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leader  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Leader in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks. Excellent work environment for those on compressed work week. Quick advancement opportunities for those the fit the mold and are willing to drink the soju. Excellence and change are company core values which means that challenge is constant so you are never bored.

    Cons

    Eighteen years into this experiment and still can't solve the Korean-local puzzle. Not an environment that is a match or welcoming for most. Life can be stressful for engineers in many departments. Leadership must develop a schizophrenic approach to treat their employees with an American style while learning to navigate Korean-style among executives. Disappointing that HR has recently compromised their ethics to ask trustees to spike the glassdoor reviews with advertisements rather than focusing their efforts on making the work environment healthier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bite the bullet and allow the workforce to achieve results in a manner that doesn't alienate people or cause undo stress. Allow SAS to be a global outpost or cut your losses and let your workers find long-term alternatives.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard to keep up...

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

    Pros

    - The pay is good
    - Bonus system is good (not even close to what it was a few years ago and has been in steady decline, but can't complain it is extra money)
    - Compressed shift
    - Cafeteria
    - There are advancement opportunities, however it is difficult to get promoted.

    Cons

    - Communication is absolutely horrible.
    - This company fails with consistency and no focus. They are constantly rearranging engineers so we have a hard time knowing who is doing what. And keep moving engineers around to different roles and processes so there is inconsistency there where they are not up to speed on their work.
    - They hire a lot of people out of college with degrees and no industry experience.
    - There is no mentoring for technicians in the fab, we rarely see any of the engineers, nor is there any training from them. Training consists of reading a document that does not have all the information you need, and then you are considered an expert and held accountable for your actions.
    - Very stressful work environment
    - Some employees have their own goals, keep their knowledge to themselves to get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees
    Communicate to your employees
    Value your employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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