Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (13)

    Korea is not the problem

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Semiconductor Professional in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Semiconductor Professional in Austin, TX

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    Cut off the head and the tail will fall. You have a problem in the top chairs in Austin.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Cost Savings

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    Current Contractor - Purchasing in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Purchasing in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    Get rid of dead weight, analyse your employees job functions. One hand doesn't know what the others doing, Ever!!!!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to learn from, fast paced environment

    Cons

    Poor management, very corporate and political, controlled by headquarters, discourages innovative ideas

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  5. Helpful (5)

    Great Benefits.....

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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".

  6. Good Pay

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, work-life balance depending on departmetn

    Cons

    work-life balance, high stress, 24hr coverage

    Advice to Management

    need more focus on employee development

  7. Helpful (2)

    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 Management

    Stick up for the entry-level people

  8. Helpful (4)

    Paradise Lost

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    Former Employee - Leader in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Leader in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (6)

    Hard to keep up...

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to your employees
    Communicate to your employees
    Value your employees.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Quality Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New technology opportunities, good benefits

    Cons

    Top down direction, no major independence at work

    Advice to Management

    Make employees more autonomous

  11. Helpful (13)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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