Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
232 Reviews
2.7
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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best things in life aren't easy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Past high performer - grass IS greener on the other side

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

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Process Engineer II  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer II in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Bonuses were great. It is a younger work force that is fun to work with.

    Cons

    Very long work hours. Required engineers to work shifts. Hired me at the top of the pay scale (wasn't told) and then not available for any pay increase for a minimum of 3 years and that was only possible if I got exceptional reviews and was promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Samsung

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer II  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer II in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The health insurance, free money on your badge for food, vendor dinners and lunches, although management suck i still really love the people that i work with. I guess you get close to people when they are all put through the same hardships of matching S1

    Cons

    Poor planning by the upper management, all management are puppets to the koreans in S1, they have very little pull to do what they know is the right thing to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor planning by the upper management, all management are puppets to the koreans in S1, they have very little pull to do what they know is the right thing to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Your mileage will vary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Awesome medical/monetary benefits, growing diversity of career programs, stable company if you work hard enough

    Cons

    monotony of industry (depending on what you contribute)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that employees are corralled into the career-oriented jobs they need and/or want. If they get bored or frustrated, offer options and listen to them.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst in town

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 5 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Review from a white-collar worker

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

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

    Pros

    * Benefits (especially health care) are good
    * Working for Samsung sounds cool, because everyone knows the phones.
    * Lots of employee social activities to promote relationships between employees
    * Very strong safety record; however, accidents still happen (one guy recently burned 10% of his body with acid)

    Cons

    * I worked there for five years. The complaints in other reviews are true
    * Don't be deceived by the high profits in Samsung's mobile handset division. This is Samsung Semiconductor, where profits are low (unlike the mobile division of Samsung).
    * Some managers are routinely verbally abusive to employees. Samsung is an Asian company, so they turn a blind eye to tenured managers who scream and are openly hostile to their direct reports.
    * Micromanagement and empire building are everywhere.
    * If you have a good idea, that is not your idea, it came from your manager. If your manager pours water on the floor, it's your fault that the carpet is wet.
    * New ideas are not welcome; Korea dictates the design for every component of the process. People deny this to new recruits, but you quickly find out that your ideas are meaningless until they are spoken in Korean. This is not an equal opportunity workplace.
    * I went through other reviews and noticed that Samsung HR employees are posting nothing-but-positive reviews. This speaks for itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. You need to fire tenured employees who abuse their reports; that means firing people who have been there many years.
    * You can't come to America and use Asian management techniques. This is the premier employer in Korea, so the dysfunction is tolerated. In America, you're just another bad company. Good people will continue leaving until you remove the cancer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship at Samsung

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Great chance for interns to understand the semiconductor world

    Cons

    Seemed like a new program, so a bit unorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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