Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
242 Reviews
2.7
242 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Maintain, not Innovate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship at Samsung

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (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
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    It's a good job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    opportunity to move around within the company depending on what department you're in
    frequent instances of being able to stand out and get recognition/awards
    great benefits
    great pay

    Cons

    Your experience will vary greatly depending on department and team.
    Some positions will require unacceptable hours
    There are some systems that should be vastly improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there's a department or team or manager or supervisor that has high turnover, it's probably for a reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Started out pretty fun and good, has done nothing but spiral down after the loss of our one big customer.

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good team mates. Location. Depends on the group you work for, some groups are better than others. Long weekends after long shifts.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Cost savings taken to the extreme. Focus on items that are not value added, but someone elses priority who has no idea what your workload is like. Tool to tech ratio is untenable, you will never get ahead of the workload. Korean rules and computer systems are horrible. Every time you figure out the 'latest' system from HQ they change it. Upper management and HQ seem to go out of their way to make your job as a technician harder to do. Items that HQ learns are not shared with this site.

    There have been internal moves to take technicians off the floor and no way to show why there are less working because overall head count is the same. Very little time and effort put into training you, you are expected to learn on the go and not make mistakes. When you bring up the lack of training to management all you are told is that is how it has always been and that you have to figure out the equipment and systems on your own. Operating procedures are written by the technicians on the floor and are hit or miss.

    Most engineers seem to know very little about how the equipment works or what their changes do to it and do not care if they are increasing your workload because of their mistakes. Changes and new things are done right before they leave for the weekend causing support issues. Communication issues abound, technicians and engineers have been separated even more since the last reorganization that was supposed to improve things at SaS and all it did was add two more layers of management to the technicians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't listen; so there is no point in offering advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Satisfied with the position, wish for a more transparent corporate culture and improved communication within the ranks.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Strong leadership, great opportunities, excellent location.

    Cons

    Lack of trust from senior management. Continuous oversight and paranoia is ingrained within the culture. Long work hours are expected as is weekend coverage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, some great people. The cafeteria food is pretty good and the support staff is helpful. The culture used to be pretty stifling but is slowly improving.

    Cons

    Unequitable compensation policy, not much in the way of career development, very out of the way location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learn to balance punishment with incentive

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Has worked well with reserve obligations and deployments, was well taken care of during 9 month activation to Afghanistan. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    -Management does more talking than doing, promotions are are very rare. Management style is confrontational, seems to only understand punishment with no use of incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through on what you say you are going to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    A good stepping stone for a better career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best things about this company which many people have said this before is the Health benefits.
    They do have a decent pay for a recent engineer grad.

    Cons

    This place is terrible to work at. Morale is at an all time low. They are in a cost saving mode right now so the mentality is how can we save money. This means poor bonuses and low raises.
    The work life balance is non existent. If you want to work holidays and late nights then this is the place for you.
    I remember one time it snowed in Austin and every business was closed but Samsung. The company knew the weather was going to be bad but they sent out an email saying that everyone had to be there the next day or take PTO. They had no care for their employees safety.
    The micro management here is ridiculous. It takes weeks to get anything accomplished with all the hoops you have to jump through. Everyone wants a report or the documents formatted their way, then the next week the report requirements will change and a new format will now be needed. The departments also reorganize every couple of months so you have no stability.
    The company hires some of the dumbest people i have ever worked with. I have no idea how some of these people get degrees. They also hire and over pay experienced engineers that do the same work as an entry level engineer would.
    Management doesnt promote based off of the quality or amount of work you do but its based on need for the department and politics. If the department has no Engineer 2's in it then they will promote the needed amount to make the company look stronger. Even if the people they promote surf the internet all day and have no idea how to do their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of them need to be fired and new people who know how to manage employees need to come in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very much dependent on your manager and department you work for but mostly very demanding with high expectation

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

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

    Pros

    PTO, health, dental, vision benefits along with quarterly bonus

    Cons

    expectation is very high and work-life balance is hard to find

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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