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Samsung C&T America Reviews

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Accounts payable clerk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung C&T America

    Pros

    I do not have much to say except I'm not satisfy with this company

    Cons

    I am not satisfy how employees are treated in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  2.  

    Straight up discrimination

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    Former Employee - Pattern Maker in Bell Gardens, CA
    Former Employee - Pattern Maker in Bell Gardens, CA

    I worked at Samsung C&T America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Tons of money to spend on salaried employee and great subsidized benefits and perks

    Cons

    Who is not Korean or any sort of management is dumped on to an agency to be paid and regulated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not treat people like they are your property

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    better luck elsewhere...

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Samsung C&T America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - good health coverage
    - everyone in the office is friendly and fun to work with
    - good work/life balance
    - convenient location
    - job security

    Cons

    - pay is mediocre at best
    - very political
    - it's like you're working in a different country
    - upper managers do not seem to care if you're a non-korean and will converse completely in their language with no regard for politeness or etiquette of any kind
    - if you're a non-korean, you practically don't exist; just a fly on the wall
    - the highest position in each department is held by a rotational staff from HQ giving you no real opportunity for advancement and oh, that rotational staff has absolutely no knowledge or experience in said field... he (yes, it's always a he) floats in from HQ for approximately 5 years and then floats out, paving the way for your next floater
    - trying to get anything done in this place is a joke because there's so much bureaucratic red tape and hoops to jump through: manual approval processes followed by electronic approval processes; the many, many protocols they've put in place in order to prevent embezzling (which has happened in the past) more so hinders than helps the business
    - your CEO of the moment (because you get a new one every 1 or 2 years), tries too hard to be likeable that he goes around sexually and racially discriminating everyone for a cheap laugh
    - this company does not care about its employees
    - i've seen long time interns/temps getting passed up for full-time positions but they continue to work the full-time hours
    - i've seen hardworking non-koreans getting passed up for promotions while their korean counterparts get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - promote within
    - promote based on merit, not favoritism
    - if you want to reduce expenses, maybe limit your upper managers on their monthly expenses instead of letting them use the company money like their personal piggy bank

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work but not opportunity to move up.

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    Former Employee - QUALITY ASSURANCE TECHNICIAN AUDITOR/QUALITY CONTROL PERSON in Vernon, CA
    Former Employee - QUALITY ASSURANCE TECHNICIAN AUDITOR/QUALITY CONTROL PERSON in Vernon, CA

    I worked at Samsung C&T America as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Industry is a challenge and every day prices are going down .

    Cons

    This company does not provide any benefits to most of there employees , that is way alomst every body is hired as a contract basics .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more detail and really listen to all personal when a mistake has occur not only to general manager .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Culture shock. Very Korean. If you can speak a little bit of it and familiarize yourself with the culture it will help.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung C&T America as a contractor

    Pros

    Name sake. Everyone knows Samsung. It's helped me tremendously in looking for another job.

    There are opportunities to be selected to work in Korea at the main HQ if you prove yourself. They are usually 3 months.

    Work is simple and if you do what is required of you, there are no problems.

    Cons

    At times a very depressing and judgmental place to work.

    A lot of times, you will be required to sit through long meetings entirely in Korean even if you don't speak any, just because of your title.

    At these meetings, no translation effort is put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some cultural training will help, not just Korean, but within the company as well. What is expected? what is not expected? Should you ever approach and C level individual directly? Is there a difference being Korean and not?

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I did internship here

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Ridgefield Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Ridgefield Park, NJ

    I worked at Samsung C&T America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to see what Samsung is like. The New Jersey office has all different sub-companies of Samsung, not just Samsung C&T.

    Cons

    The culture is a bit weird, since Koreans and non-Koreans don't seem to be mixing with each other very well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to gain experience

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    Current Employee - Associate in Ridgefield Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate in Ridgefield Park, NJ

    I have been working at Samsung C&T America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Helpful peers to guide you

    Cons

    Management not too understanding at times due to cultural differences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for current employees to change departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Trading Company Mentality Usurps Customer Confidence - Commerce, CA Office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA

    I have been working at Samsung C&T America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Perhaps being able to put the globally-recognized name of Samsung on a resume, even though the words and ideas of "Construction & Trading America" seem to negate that benefit.

    Cons

    Since the Korean management team decided to "take over" an already established highly successful business, they have proceeded to alienate customers and destroy confidence with their management protocol roadblocks, communications barriers, and a lack of understanding in US-style relationship business as a model for success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Due to the rotational nature of the management staff, you may want to consider not treating extremely talented non-Korean professionals as disposable, unnecessary, and targets for discriminatory remarks often chalked up to "language translation issues." Review the large number of business areas you have undertaken that have folded/failed within the 2 year mark and ask yourself why...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Tragedy: When Cultural Challenges trump Talent

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    Current Employee - Management in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Samsung C&T America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to be a part of a start-up group for an established & successful International General Contractor with the full financial backing of this multi-billion dollar per year organization. An organization with a world class project portfolio in South East Asia and the Middle East. Opportunity to redifine success.

    Cons

    This was two years ago. The unrealized potential is being jeopardized by the disfunction resulting from the organizational cultural differences between an adaptable professional staff that places premiun on accountability and the controlling and rigid military management style of this Korean builder who is more focused on following protocol than on anticipating the market's needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say what you mean and mean what you say. Do not claim to have a goal to become a global E&C organization when you are not willing to adapt the organization's culture into a mindset that is receptive of the differences of each country in which you seek to operate or pursuit projects in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Should have left sooner

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant Manager in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant Manager in Commerce, CA

    I worked at Samsung C&T America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good- health, dental, vision, subsidized lunches, gym membership, 401k, and education. Global network and a good name to have company pride.

    Cons

    Unless you know the Korean language, you can't get far within the company. HQ folks look down on you and rotational staffs don't care about you. Environment was bad- low morale where EVERYONE wanted to quit the company. Although you may be hired under a certain position, you are expected to do many many things outside your position. It's good to get diverse experience, but you will never become good at any one thing. Compensation was so low that it made me feel like I wasn't worth much despite all the hard work I put in. There was lack of appreciation and too many comments that were borderline harassment- "your arms are thick", "it looks like you need to lose a few more pounds", etc.... Although I learned a lot during my time there, I am glad to have left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the management are rotational staffs from Korea. I know that management will be here for a short period: 3-5 years but management should be involved more with the local staff instead of doing their own things. Also, the way management treats Korean speaking American staff members is different from the way management treats non-Korean speaking American staff members. Management tends to overwork the Korean speaking American staff members and compensate them less than their non-Korean speaking counterparts who do less work. What is up with that?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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