Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
194 Reviews
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Pros
  • This company provides opportunities to learn and grow and it has great pay and benefits (in 19 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and it takes a lot of mistakes to get terminated if you are well-liked by management (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance is a challenge in certain departments and areas (in 37 reviews)

  • Groups can become short staffed which means you will be working long hours until positions are filled (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to gain expirience

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Individuals are given a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    Direction changes often, and prioritize are always changing. Makes work hectic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK but have a Three Year Plan

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    For me I was there at the ground level when they started producing LSI in Austin so basically ever year I worked there I got to go to Korea, work on the latest technology, and work on fun and exciting projects with a real impact. Also benefits were pretty good. Not a bad place out of college for your first three years but you definitely hit a ceiling. After that just learn to play politics and maybe you can be leader of the site at best. Especially since they adopted this whole copy exact Austin is stupid policy. Reviews are easy just do a little bit and even if your are late they always give you 1's and solid raises.

    Cons

    - work life balance
    - company gives zero care about employees
    - they adopted copy exact from Korea without thinking and then revert when thats wrong
    - No longer get to think for yourself
    - below average pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let engineers do engineering work, don't make them be secretaries implementing someone else's work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Samsung Wins Best Workforce Bootcamp

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Salary: Good but not equal to level of responsibilities among colleagues
    -Qtrly Bonus
    -Benefits: United Healthcare & Dental, Vision, 401K matches a %, Gym, Cafeterias, Get $60 cafe credit monthly, barbershop trailer, oil change in site
    - Great learning & exposure. You will learn what it's truly like to work in a fast changing high tech. manufacturing company.
    -You will learn to react when production plans change (Tough but good experience)
    -Samsung looks great on your resume, move on afterwards
    - ~20% Managers authentically care.

    Cons

    - Like the saying goes especially those straight out of college,"Samsung is like boot camp to the workforce. If you make it a year, move on!" Any other job somewhere else will be a piece of cake
    -Engineers career path should not be managers.
    -Don't expect to innovate! Innovation is governed by HQ. You can innovate by automating reports or reduce process time or how about qualifying process steps new recipes, parts.
    - Hire straight out of college and turn rate is 1-2 yrs. time wasted in training.
    -Promotions are given with time. Don't expect to be promoted if you just got promoted. It takes about 2-3 yrs before that happens again. No motivation to be innovative and work much harder if you know you won't get the credit/promoted for it. Get promoted, coast it for 1 year or 2 years.
    -Managers- Get in the fab! Do you really know what I do? Most promotions are within the mgr circle
    -If non-Korean expect to work extremely hard to become a favorite!
    -If Korean that sucks too! By default your a favorite but by default you must work long hours. You must do things outside of your job scope, respond to request from expats from any department expecting you to drop your priorities, Expect to be a translator.
    -Work long hours DOES NOT mean dedicated. Work smart.
    -With the long hours and if you are a tech, stay as a tech! Hourly vs salary
    -We do a lot of administrative stuff when we should be maintaining tools. If admins order office supplies,they can help order parts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR: Continue to look at management. Favoritism still exist!
    Managers- It's ok to take breaks but should stop by the cafes around 2:45-3:30. You'll find your regular slackers that take longer than what a break should be! 1 hr. I know because I'm in the fab looking for someone and hear it from a person and a person and a person. Some drive off on several smoke breaks.
    Mgrs: ask support staff and engineers to provide action list. You'll find your waste.
    Communication needs to improve from tech to engineers
    HR: Serious all those awards at qtrly meeting! They don't mean anything! How about showing your project in your review and be awarded a % of project to your review? Guarantee you will find more initiative in improvement projects! It's already our job to innovate, improve and find cost savings improvements. It's called driven!
    HR: -Good move in hiring ex military! These men/women are who you want as mgrs. Tough, fair, motivating. Education paid for technicians to get their degree and manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Engineering Tech

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Bonuses are regular but not big.

    Cons

    Beware.... Stay on the good side of your supervisor. If, you make a mistake, any mistake, it will be held against you indefinitely. Was transitioned from one job function laterally to another. Had no formal training for new position. Supervisor started documenting "ANY" mistakes on 3rd day in new position. Example: OJT trainer walks you thru procedure from their notes, and makes mistake, allowing send-ahead wafer to be reserved by unintended chamber. End result - No harm or jeopardy to tools, or product, but you get written up for SOP violation and nothing happens to trainer for giving "BAD" guidance.

    Started send-ahead for chamber that SOP said was a strip chamber, but was actually a "process" chamber. SOP was incorrect-but you get write up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No reason to work here

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Superficial stuff. All the regular perks of a large company: dining service, gym, decent insurance benefits, OK 401K match.

    Cons

    There's literally no reason to excel here. Last quarterly meeting, our new employees commented on all the awards given out. I nodded to this. But it doesn't mean squat. Raises are like 0.5%. Career advancements are scheduled, regulated, and slow. If you have a strong work ethic, and take on a lot of responsibility, you will be worked into hell with no thank you. There are literally people all around us that do nothing but small talk, and then there's others that work super hard every day. The mismanagement is so bad. Also, PhDs do NOT make good managers. Technical understanding provides NO skills when it comes to managing people, delegating, but also REWARDING your subordinates. Also, the whole company is sucked out of innovation. Match HQ is not a leadership strategy. Seriously, do you want to spend your career developing skills that keep your head down and sustain? Sustaining is not a career. Following someone's footsteps is not a career. And yet this is the only thing you are expected to do and if you deviate from this path you'll lose your job. Internal job transfers are not easy. Your boss controls everything. Your boss decides your PTO, your boss decides your career, your boss reviews when where what you do. Do not work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sucede from Samsung.
    Fix your "boss decides everything" policies.
    Actually offer real learning opportunities for those already with bachelor's degrees. i.e. REAL FAIR compensation for MS at UT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    How can a place have so much potential to be awesome, suck so bad?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, health insurance that is incredible, decent pay, great co-workers. Great people, unfortunately the ones that are great are not in charge, the ones that are put in charge are changed by it. Neat, gimmicky slogans to make you think that they care.

    Cons

    Horrible decision making, horrible focus on non value added tasks. They seem to actively select the worst possible people for leadership roles based on tenure. The focus on driving down cost of wafer moves affects almost everything you see and stuff you don't see. Middle management that says the right things, but their actions are the polar opposite of what is said. Total lack of manpower for the amount of work needed, but because we are struggling to make it work, and HQ is adamant about no more money being spent there will be few hired if at all to help. Supervisors that say they want your opinion on upcoming items then publicly disregards it as it is given. Fosters an atmosphere of just do your 13 hours and go home. No incentive to excel, beyond pay. Rating system for performance is horrible. Hope you like hearing about a mistake you made at least 3-4 times. Culture of engineers can do no wrong and technicians are neither to be seen or heard, unless you are a veteran senior tech or master tech. System changes that help the people that work the office and hurt the people in the fab. Engineers that avoid the fab like it contains ebola. Supervisors who are the happy shiny faces of management that could care less about your input if it does not agree with the mandates of management. They are there to convince you that you are wrong and that management is right; and that you are not a team player if you don't agree. It is as if someone watched office space and decided to make a company around it, or we are all secretly on a Korean reality show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't take our advice. The advice needed would take a monumental cultural shift and the release of a lot of long time people who are the problem, so in other words it will not happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Run fast run far...away

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company name is well known. Get your time in and move onward. Core values are shades of grey. Leadership has changed for the worse.

    Cons

    They, management, do not understand nor follow the words which they brag are the core values, which are = Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Learning, Family and Quality. Training is almost non-existence unless it is inside of the Fab.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Puppet Master Meets His End !

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good $. and that's why I cant leave, yet.
    Great Tools

    Cons

    Long Hours No Work Life Balance.
    Poor Culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Last year You got rid of the Puppets this year the Puppet Master

    Thank you for a great Present !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you are Human, Run away.......

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Clean, beautiful campus. Subsidized cafeteria. Gym. Austin.

    Cons

    Micromanaged by Korean Uber Gods. If you are US native your voice does'nt matter. Advice, if you are young out of college....do NOT be lured by these people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sever L10/11/12/13/14/15/16 S1. Let SAS succeed based on TRUE merit. Copy exact is unrealistic. US innovation is the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay on the good side of management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    fast paced, good money, hard work

    Cons

    If your on the bad side of your supervisor, they will find a reason to let you go

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor Response

    Nov 24, 2014Talent Acquisition Leader

    We are glad to hear that you enjoy the fast-pace, good money and hard work at SAS! We are working on and hope that you can develop more open communication and trust with your supervisor. We value ... More

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