Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
241 Reviews
2.7
241 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quality Engineer

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than an 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
  2. 12 people found this helpful  

    Most Comprehensive & Honest Review of SAS

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    • 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
  3. 9 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
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  5.  

    Best things in life aren't easy

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    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
  6.  

    Your mileage will vary

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    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. 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 (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
  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  

    Review from a white-collar worker

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    • 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 (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Maintain, not Innovate

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, the environment is a lot of fun. There are travel opportunities to go to South Korea, I was able to site see during my visit.

    Cons

    Innovation is clearly not a top priority. We are an extension of the parent company and are extremely limited in any ideas that we present. This is how the majority of positions are with the exception of Equipment related positions where it is difficult to standardize completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the lose weight. There are too many employees just there for a free ride. Stop giving the same advice each quarter... Following SOPs, improving quality, decreasing defects are the only topics covered...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship at Samsung

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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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