Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
246 Reviews
2.6
246 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Benefits.....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    ENG TECH

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick up for the entry-level people

  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Samsung

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Hard to keep up...

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

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

    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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Paradise Lost

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leader in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Leader in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quality Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    New technology opportunities, good benefits

    Cons

    Top down direction, no major independence at work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees more autonomous

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Most Comprehensive & Honest Review of SAS

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

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

    Pros

    Overall 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Utilize 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Past high performer - grass IS greener on the other side

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (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
  11.  

    Best things in life aren't easy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

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