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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
235 Reviews
2.8
235 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 24 reviews)

  • This company provides opportunities to learn and grow and it has great pay and benefits (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance is a challenge in certain departments and areas (in 36 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. 7 people found this helpful  

    Get your feet wet then leave

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor for more than a year

    Pros

    Frequent bonuses.
    Good salary.
    A small gym.
    A cafeteria.
    It's high-tech.

    Cons

    Too many to list.
    No Work/Life balance. You will have to work weekends, you will get calls on your days off, you can work 12 hour shifts.
    No innovation, no ingenuity. It's do things as you're told to do. Really good place to work for ex-military.
    Bureaucracy prevents action. EVERYTHING is a request and approval. In fact, that's all you do. "Approvalers" as they call them or as they horribly translated from Korean. If you were hoping to do manufacturing or engineering, you'd be wrong.
    Software and computer systems are an absolute mess. They will show you 10 different programs that will do something slightly different, all of them horrible. You must know their limitations.
    Do yourself a favor, steer clear. If you really are dead set on working in this industry, get a job at an American company. Don't be a punk and come here for the money. Need more? The perks are just for show - Ex. xbox 360s but will never ever get used. Just there to pretend they have fun. The "Keep off the grass" sign.
    Promotions are based on tenure, very little based on performance.
    Middle management is clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the work employees are dedicating themselves too. Most of it is meaningless and boring. Give people something more important, more meaningful, something that actually takes engineering or calculations and you may have happier people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time for 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
  3.  

    Cool place to work

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    Former Employee - Scrubber Technician  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Scrubber Technician in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent starting wages. Chill atmosphere.

    Cons

    No real opportunity for moving up in the com[any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being cool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Good company and good work environment challenging work I enjoyed working there

    Cons

    There were no cons to speak of, I only left because I moved to a new state.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    My experience at Samsung Austin Semiconductor summed up in one word.....that word would be "Potential"!

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    Former Employee - Process Technician  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    compressed work week
    company atmosphere
    team building
    clear career paths
    benefits
    quarterly bonuses
    on-site cafeteria
    on-site gym

    Cons

    compressed work week
    favoritism in and for certain groups/depts (in my experience this happens everywhere to some extent so it isn't SAS specific.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rely exclusively on the word of you supervisor/leads. I know that's the nature of their position and everything should follow the natural progression up the chain of command. Sometimes you miss out if you don't check with the help from time to time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long hours little return

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some good people working here.

    Cons

    Mid and senior management are horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to Transition Through

    • 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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay is decent. Working a compressed work week is the way to go.

    Cons

    Management, lack of recognition, no consistency, very cut-throat environment, turn-over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manufacturing management seems to be in disarray. Specialists are constantly complaining about senior manager of department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the best companies to work for

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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

    Leading edge technology company to work for

    Cons

    Meagre compensation is the eye of all problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please increase salary of R&D group.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly competitive and highly inter-office politics controlled company.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, great opportunities for career advancement.

    Cons

    Despite company's claims of diversity, your manager better like you or else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Survey your workers about their mangers in a way that their manager nor anyone in their department can get their hand on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you're an American, you're a secondary citizen

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

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

    Pros

    Job pay is decent, benefits are decent. Were they get you is the work life balance. Your work is never enough and management is trained to tell you that. 60 hour work weeks are considered the average and 50 hours is the minimum.

    Cons

    Don't dream of making changes. Copy exact, and if the Korean way is not working, it's your fault!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let innovation happen, even if it comes from Americans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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