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Samsung Group Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.1 762 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

Samsung Group CEO & Vice-Chairman Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon

Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon

(133 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The only good thing about Samsung is the good salary(in 56 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, good management(in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is a joke - if you want to shorten your life by half come work here(in 92 reviews)

  • No Work life balance - expect to work 60-80 hours every week if you don't want to fall behind(in 34 reviews)

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    Excellent work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh end products, Very friendly staff from corporate, and 3rd parties. Very fun and energetic company to work for

    ConsNeed more stand alone locations

     

    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat products. Great people. Awesome

    ConsWork a lot. Drink a lot

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up

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    I was an experiential sales consultant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of opportuntity for advancement, pays well

    ConsMy job became too sales goal oriented instead of customer satisfaction and experience satifaction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont be so pushy... Let people know from the beginning that they will be sales agents and that their performance depends on their advancement. Be transparent.

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    ok experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslots of things to learn. samsung has a big potential.

    Conshard to balance work and personal life.

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    Challenging work but extensive politics.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsCo-workers are a great source of knowledge.

    ConsManagement is unstable and there is very little job security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about the careers of the employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not good.

    SSE (Former Employee)

    ProsA job at a role of Software Developer will give travel opportunities. Good compensation and bonus.

    ConsVery very hective work schedule. There was no work and life balance. Upper management was very adhoc during product planing phase.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Satisfactory experience

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    Prossmart coworker, good benefit, good job security

    Consdefinitely overtime, micro managing, very tight schedule

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe outcome is not related to the hours.

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    No clear direction whatsoever

    Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsHealth insurance was good and cheap.

    ConsThe management has no clear business or technical direction. The HR was a joke, and company did not recognize or respect the talent they were trying to hire.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease have a clear direction, document it, and follow through.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research & development at SISA or SRA Samsung Research America

    Project Leader (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCompetitive salary and bonuses (joining and annual)

    ConsI was a project leader for almost two years and i strongly recommend people to stay away from Samsung Research America, specially researchers due to the following reasons.

    1. There is no independence and everything needs to be approved by HQ in South Korea. Upper management in South Korea thinks in terms of hardware and they do not understand software. They are old people with poor understanding of technology and all decisions are taken based on what other US companies are publicly doing

    2. People from HQ steal many project ideas as they need to approve them. They will say "please do not work on this item idea because we are already working on it at HQ". Then, they will ran back to HQ and create a project based on your idea or team idea. HQ stole to big projects from my team in just two years.

    3. Similarly HQ will also steal the patents generated by you or your team and i have known some instances in which patents submitted from usa to south korea for approval come back with different author names.

    4. Finally, since all funding comes from HQ your managers at Samsung research america (usa) will be powerless after all the abuses you suffer.

    In summary, Samsung is a follower company, following the work of leading companies such as apple and this is so embedded in their culture that they even follow and steal ideas from each other within the company.

    Stay away please if you are an independent and innovative researcher. Join n american company or startup in the bay area better. You will regret joining and you will remember my advise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGain independence from HQ approvals and behave in n ethical manner

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Military Style Management and Too much Politics

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsSamsung is famous. You may have a chance to get free Android devices. Although their base salary is relatively low comparing to the main stream American companies, their compensation is not bad and their base salary is still higher than many Asian companies, such as Foxconn, Huawei, Supermicro, or ASUS etc.

    ConsThe base salary is relatively low. The management and company culture are notorious bad. They exploit employee to contribute patent to company. It counts into your half-year assessment which is the reference for your bonus. As I have mentioned, their base salary is low, but their bonus may not be bad. Their the manager controls substantial portion of your yearly income, and that will serve a great leverage for the manager to exploit the employee.

    Another thing is that their company IT is notoriously poor. For example, my current American company outsources the IT architecture to professional IT service vendor (such as Citrix). When you got some trouble on your PC, all you need to do is to make a phone call to the help desk, and you quickly get a professional IT service to fix your computer. Nonetheless, in Samsung, fixing your own PC is a part of your skill in your work. You have to fix your own PC or you will be treated incompetence. The group which I worked for in Samsung does have a Korean IT guy. However, he acted like your boss. You have to beg him to fix your PC or your may have to wait for a long time, and you may not finish your job because of that. Your manager won't listen to your "excuse" saying that you could not finish your work on time because your PC has some issue. blah blah blah ...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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