Samsung Austin Semiconductor
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www.samsung.com Austin, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 21, 2014
Samsung Austin Semiconductor – Austin – “Samsung Austin Semiconductor”

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    ProsLots of smart people to learn from, fast paced environment

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was the worst place I ever worked

    Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros4 Weeks PTO (but your boss encourages you to never use it)
    Health, Dental, Vision coverage
    The pay is average to slightly above average.
    There is tuition reimbursement but if you are not on compressed shift, you will be so over-worked it's impossible to attend class or study and they will yank the money if you leave.
    You won't get your own cubicle because there is not enough space or you'll be on your feet all day in the fab. You will work with everything from hopeless PhD's to drunken laborers. Enjoy.
    The HR team is talented at deception and politics. The employee development team lacks any development or ability to train.

    ConsCompany values are just a poster on the wall, that's it. HR is there to protect the company and hire your replacement. If you ever go to them with a work-related problem, they will find dirt on you so they can fire you.
    Your Work-life balance is utter hell. Here it is my weekend to cover, knowing I need to come in Saturday and Sunday for no extra pay. That will make 12 days in a row. I just went in for 4 hours and now they are asking me to come in again same day. Engineers 60 hours a week minimum.
    Mandatory performance rating and reviews required by Korea to select worst rating even if you are all top performers.
    Korea first, locals second mentality. Your culture is dead.
    It is almost impossible to get lateral transfers. The bureaucratic red-tape will prevent it.
    BTW you won't do actual engineering, rarely if ever. It is all manufacturing, means making shipments, keeping things moving. Let me give you an example of LEAN, if demand is high, output will be pulled and you will have to work unpaid overtime to keep things moving. If demand is low, they will lay you off. Happy ending indeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not hire any more engineers. Do not trick them into believing this is somewhere they would like to work out of school. Just hire technicians and specialists and let them handle the mess you have created.
    Your manager might be ok, but mine sucked. Went from 0 people skills principal engineer to one year TR and to manager.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Benefits.....

    Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

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

    ConsSamsung 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 Senior ManagementYou 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".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    low scores on many levels

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsName recognition on resume, may get lucky and get a good boss, you will know the rules and many “unspoken rules”. Depending on the boss, could get work-life balance. Company Values - great presentation very little value behind them. Once you are gone from these walls, you will really like your other work and next company.

    ConsNot god American Corporate Culture. Dr. Han is gone, he was liked. Not the new Prez. Training outside of company walls, higher education reimbursement, and recognition almost none exist. Females not considered of value-add. Worse place in the Austin-area for work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart to understand all the wonderful words on the walls in the lobbies….or not? Poor legacy you are leaving.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ENG TECH

    Eng Technician (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsTeamwork enviroment, GWP . . . . . . . . .

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick up for the entry-level people

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    Paradise Lost

    Leader (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsEighteen 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 Senior ManagementBite 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard to keep up...

    Engineering Tech (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementListen to your employees
    Communicate to your employees
    Value your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best things in life aren't easy

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros-Great Pay
    -Opportunity to provide ideas that are incorporated
    -Reliable bonus structure
    -Friendly and intelligent co-workers
    -Challenge on a daily basis (as the title says, the best things in life aren't easy) leads to a rewarding feeling of contribution

    Cons-Changes are accepted slowly
    -Job satisfaction can vary greatly depending on department

    Advice to Senior Management-Follow through on your commitment to being a top-tier company in terms of compensation
    -Don't be too stingy with headcount - it's better to have one too many in a group than one too few if you really care about Work-Life balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Most Comprehensive & Honest Review of SAS

    Experienced Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsOverall compilation of what other reviewers are writing here are very accurate in regards to great health benefits and pay is average compared to other semiconductor standards. They actually started trying to increase and catch up most employees’ salaries after a consultant’s assessment that SAS is paying below similar industry salaries. Unfortunately, these are where the “Pros” stop for this company.

    ConsAs most reviewers have pointed out, Samsung Austin is just one of many Fabs outside Korea; so therefore, it is imperative that standardization with other Fabs is a “must”. What this translates is frustration for most employees due to the lack of ability to innovate and have autonomy. Most managers are “home grown”, which means they started in the company with no prior experience and were promoted to management due to their skills. Unfortunately, most of them do not have the “People Skills” to be an effective leader, even though they may have the technical skills that got them to move up within the company. These types of managers that have no personalities and empathy are very hard to work for since communicating with them is almost synonymous to speaking with a robot.

    Most positive reviews found on this site were fabricated and I can confirm that the HR Group solicited several employees to write positive reviews in order to attract new employees (I was one of them and refuse to sell out and keep my integrity). I understand in today’s economy that it is very difficult to find jobs and if you happen to be one of the “lucky” employees that get a job here, follow most of the reviewers’ suggestions and use this company as a stepping-stone to get to where you want to take your career. Believe me, money is temporary happiness and working here will always have you worried about your job because they instill the “fear” in the company and they want you to feel “lucky” that you are able to work here.

    Unfortunately, one person (your direct management) in the company can make or break your future here. So if you are not very liked by your direct management, your future will be very limited even though you are a stellar employee and others notice it. In the flip side, if you are “buddies” with your direct management then he/she will take care of you and you can be assured that you will move up the rankings on a “timely” basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize your employees wisely and allow them to have the ability to “showcase” their skills and actually listen to what they can offer. Provide a clear career development strategy for your employees and make them feel like they have a future and a career at SAS. It is unfortunate that you have created a counter-strategy for people leaving by continuously hiring and replacing the people that leave. Unfortunately, this type of strategy will costs abundance of money and time loss for the company. SAS is in an all-time low in regards to morale and at least 40% of your dedicated and experienced staff are now actively looking and planning on leaving, which will be very disruptive to the success of this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Past high performer - grass IS greener on the other side

    Engineer III (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsI worked at SAS for close to 7 years - I survived the layoffs, held multiple shift schedules, and held multiple roles. All these factors are a necessity that I do not hold against the company.

    The company is transparent in it's expectations - you will work a lot, and they take great measure to make sure this is known before you start. Pay is decent, and PTO is flexible and abundant. Healthcare is also great.

    ConsI will not highlight the long working hours, the challenging management structure, or even the tense relationship with Korean counterparts - those are a given part of the job, and something you sign up for. Please read ahead for what I believe to be a definite and unique "con", though.

    The problems that face employees at SAS are sometimes non-issues elsewhere due to the way the company conducts it's business. Homegrown applications and business processes that do not observe any kind of industry standard practice are incredibly inefficient. The company's backend (IT Infrastructure, support roles) is terrible and makes accomplishing even the most mundane tasks a challenge.

    Furthermore, training in these homegrown practices and applications will NOT provide skills you need for other company's that observe industry standard practices and enterprise applications.

    Aged desktops and security programs decrease employee mobility and flexibility. This is 2014, time for an overhaul! Get laptops, introduce newer security software, and start using online collaboration tools.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo things that will make work FUN. Laptops, online collaboration tools, and high quality software make it much more enjoyable to work. Provide mobility and a high-class product / interface that makes the engineer proud to work for the high technology company that Samsung is supposed to be. Stop using old technology! Adopt industry standards that will make engineers worry less about growing their skillset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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