Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
232 Reviews
2.8
232 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.  

    Please close down now!

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing...yes pay, benefits, subsidized lunch is nice but at the cost of being a normal human being is not worth even 10x the benefits.

    Cons

    Samsung is one of the worst companies in the world to work for. The only people left are complete idiots that wouldn't survive a day at a real company. The only reason they have 3 stars is Samsung HR actively posts false positive reviews here, it used to be more humorous when the Koreans did it in broken English..,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up your little "circles of trust" as the whole thing will come crashing down and everyone who tried to do the right honest things you walked over to move up will not forget.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Korea is not the problem

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    Former Employee - Semiconductor Professional  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Semiconductor Professional in Austin, TX

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

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cost Savings

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    Current Employee - Purchasing  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor as a contractor for more than 3 years

    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst in town

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    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay...and that's about it

    Cons

    No work life balance, political, poor management, run like it's in Korea,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Samsung ranks number 1 on my list of worst companies I've worked for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Salary is not too bad, especially if you are under experienced, lack technical and communication abilities. They pay a decent amount to hire inexperienced worker who can't do their jobs. If you have no professional experience and lack technical abilities or common sense and still want to get paid, this company is for you.
    Only thing that is good about the company is health insurance.

    Cons

    Cons are pretty much same as the Pros. If you are a retard, this company will pay you a decent amount of money for your abilities. If you have some what competency level, you will have to learn to deal with these morons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think before you speak.... And try to think how you can contribute to make the company better rather than trying to blame and step on others to make yourselves look better. Stop talking about people behind their backs. Deep inside, most of you know that you cannot find jobs elsewhere with the skills you have. Try making friends and not enemies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Awful culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Not much travel required. Nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    Culture is awful. Extremely unprofessional. My TR would drop F bombs and yell at everyone every day. Everything is about how you can blame others and everyone is afraid to get fired. Enourmous turn over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    A great company if you like to work long hours and can deal with sub-par management

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and it takes a lot of mistakes to get terminated if you are well-liked by management.

    Cons

    Over half the engineers in my department are actively looking outside of the company for a new job, yes it is that bad here at the current moment. Relative to a whole host of opportunities currently available in the Austin area, I would take a pass at any offer from this company unless you really, and I mean really need a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You force some of your best engineers into TR and management positions when they are not even remotely capable of exhibiting the required leadership traits to be successful in their new roles. All that does is take away much needed engineering resources and kill morale for all the engineers now working under these people. We are not even close to being competitive with our Korean FABs or TSMC, so I really hope the executives are able pull a rabbit out of their hat this year....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Never work here

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    Former Employee - Engineer II  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of PTO that you can never use.

    Cons

    Awful management who never misses the opportunity to abuse their power to intimidate their employees. The directors and VPs are more like a gang. They are all horrible, but they don't fire each other and fire any good directors that sneak in. All of their decisions are 100% political and are never best for the company. They hire a lot of young engineers, lie to them during the interviews, and make them work horrible hours doing jobs that a monkey could do. The hourly employees (technicians and "specialists") are not allowed to work overtime, so if one takes off, engineers have to come in on nights and weekends to do the jobs of techs (which is even more brainless than "engineer" work. The director of HR basically makes all the decisions for some reason, and she pretty much views engineers as cattle. The funny part is, HR sent out an email to mid-level managers, telling them to lie on Glassdoor.com to get their rating up. Any recent positive reviews are directly from HR.

    Even a good semiconductor manufacturing company would be awful to work for, because the industry is so low on profit margins that they have to abuse their employees. Samsung is even worse than most and will make you hate your life. Please do not work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and put people with at least a tiny bit of intelligence in charge. You are running the company (and your employees' lives) into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    The revolving door of Semiconductor Fabs - Your best bet is to enter and exit on the same turn

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good for Austin.

    Parking lot is big

    Security is great - same equipment as TSA :). Just like getting on a plane each day you come to work. Next barcode tattoos will be required on your arm to enter.

    Cons

    Work Hours Super Long, management starts meetings at 5:30 pm and expects you there. Work life is a catch phrase and senior management has been working on this for " years", still the same old story, there is NO Work Life Balance.

    Crisis created just because management feels everyone needs to be pushed.

    Korean dispatchers could care less about American work culture and most will tell you so.

    Korean President’s leadership is a joke. Like an ostrich buries his head in his office (umm sand) and rarely comes out.

    Some of the most challenged managers in the business run Samsung Austin.

    Motto “Ethics, what is that”

    Turnover is truly unbelievable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the fab and fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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