Samsung Group Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Good Salary Good boss Good environment (in 59 reviews)

  • Cutting-edge technology to work on (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work-life balance because of the hard schedule (in 110 reviews)

  • No work/life balance - Commitment is based on the number of hours worked (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Koreans Rule Samsung

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best reason by Far to work for Samsung.

    Cons

    Probably 85% of employees are outsourced - only upper management are permanent employees. Samsung also has VERY high turnover - people drop like flies there. Samsung is a Korean company - but the Koreans micromanage EVERY aspect of business-to the point it's counter-productive. Everything has to have approval from Koreans prior to coming to fruition - and Koreans will ask a million questions about why you are requesting whatever it is you want. Way too many hands in the pot. Also-Koreans don't like anyone who is not Korean or at the very least Asian. All upper-management is Korean.

    Advice to Management

    See above. Stop being so racist towards non-Koreans and pretending like you don't understand English when someone pushes back on you for questioning them. It's very frustrating.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Stay clear of this company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay and benefits are the only good items, but given that the required hours are 55+, the pay doesn't really pan out as a benefit

    Cons

    tyrannical management, very long hours, disdain towards non-Koreans, high pressure environment, constantly on call, thinking out of the box is frowned upon, pretending to love everything about the company is strongly encouraged

    Advice to Management

    Just leave the U.S. Americans would be better off working for and buying from American-owned companies that value their workers and encourage cooperation within the work environment, as well as a life outside of work.


  3. Helpful (4)

    work here to build your resume

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, decent cafeteria food

    Cons

    this place is driven by politics, data doesn't drive decisions... it's flat, they outsource everything and don't promote from within. if you're female good lucking moving up here. this company will use you, so if you want to come here it's good to have samsung on your resume, that's about all you will get from here. overall this is the worst company i've ever worked for hands down.

    Advice to Management

    get with 2009, offer flex hours, opp for advancement... you don't have to be chained to your desk to get work done. allow employees to do their job and make an impact. the politics are absurd and you will attract people because of the company name, but as of now, you'll never retain really good employees for more than a few years... this is springboard employer....


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Very stressed!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay facility safe working conditions bonuses cafe coffe bar peers Nice FAB Listerine in the bathrooms. clean matching lunch money

    Cons

    Systems set you up for failure. No true quality programs. Fast paced, no quality etchic. Quality training to do your job with-out error. lack of computers and working space inside the FAB.

    Advice to Management

    Dr. Deming said "is it the person or the system?" High quality people with strong work ethics should be allowed to move to another area if the current job is not a good fit - before the employee fails in the current position. Simply firing people is Samsung's loss. Not being eligible for rehire if the person was not a good fit in one department is also Samsung's loss.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not a healthy work place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Health benefit is good. Good bonus. Mostly not busy.

    Cons

    The culture is rotten from the root. From HQ, the very heirarchical culture gives little respect and room of freedom to lower level engineers. Being a remote office in San Jose, we did not get to experience the worst. But the local management here is super impowered over those ruled engineers. Power plays. Opaque.. Favoritism. Politics. Zero trust top down. It is very difficult to feel proud and willing to contribute when knowing that as an employee you are not really treated as part of the company. The best way to get company or organizational update is via Internet or grapevine. Several almost got their pays doubled over several years, while most hardly moved an inch. A few are very happy, most however are exploited. The company force installs spyware on employees computers. employees are not the esset of the company. There is some fundamental philosophical problems with the company and the local management.

    Advice to Management

    Think for the employees. But I know it is impossible for these exploitatiers.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Good place to get a brand name on your resume...then move on quickly

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Benefits are very good: cost and coverage is best in class. -Pay is fair. -There is no time to be bored -Great brand recognition -Produces good technology/product

    Cons

    -It is a Korean company: poor communication from management; employees are treated poorly, especially if you are not Korean; complete disregard for US business practices; you will often be told that Americans are dumb and lazy; excessively long hours; mangement makes busy work (insane reporting of excrutiating detail); everything is a last minute fire drill and half-baked, there is no planning; manage by instilling fear in employees -Most of US management is young and never really had any true leadership experience. So, there is no leadership anywhere, just lots of micromanagement. The lack of leadership depth produces a rude, disrespectful environment. But they all look "pretty". -The systems and tools employees have to do their jobs is unacceptable for a Global company as big as Samsung.

    Advice to Management

    Implement world-class systems and treat all employees with respect. Let local employees run the company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are the best you can find out there (because you will need it after you are worked hard). You get to play with new toys before they are released. Many dedicated and great engineers to work with. Build up your network with great engineers for a while and leave when something better comes along. You will always hear "Money is not a problem at Samsung".

    Cons

    The problems are just in all other places. Poor planning, poor communication with HQ, poor work hours and work-life balance. Unclear expectations lead to a lot of rework and inefficiency. Inexperienced management that does not know how to properly plan a project. Massive reporting and micromanagement. Emergencies arise constantly that requires you to stay late for no good reason, e.g. create a demo for a visiting executive who just happens to be passing by to go somewhere else. To properly gauge work-life balance, check the parking lot after hours or on weekends. Unfortunately, the parking lot here is full of cars after hours and on weekends. Programmers are given only one monitor. Request for second monitor or more ergonomic workstation is always denied unless you get your doctor to declare you disabled. This place also takes advantage of foreign workers who cannot easily transition to other jobs. And discriminates against Americans.


  9. Helpful (1)

    No clear direction whatsoever

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health insurance was good and cheap.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Please have a clear direction, document it, and follow through.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Sadly, a sinking ship.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and health insurance above average.

    Cons

    Management apathetic toward retaining employees. Very closed door secretive atmosphere. Differences in cultures (Korean and American) clash. No cohesiveness/blending of these cultures.

    Advice to Management

    Company has floundered for 3 years. No business plan. No concrete direction creating discontent amongst employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Samsung diversified

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People with industry experience can be hired on very quickly.

    Cons

    Experienced workers can be hired on quickly and then sit on their butt and do the minimums until someone in upper management finds out and then just moves you to a different department.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself.



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