Samsung Group Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
824 Reviews
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Samsung Group CEO & Vice-Chairman Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relatively good salary/remuleration/treatment comparing other Korean companies (in 58 reviews)

  • Great to learn the cutting-edge technology (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is a joke - if you want to shorten your life by half come work here (in 105 reviews)

  • No Work life balance - expect to work 60-80 hours every week if you don't want to fall behind (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SSE
    Former Employee - SSE

    I worked at Samsung Group full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Satisfactory experience

    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Samsung Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    smart coworker, good benefit, good job security

    Cons

    definitely overtime, micro managing, very tight schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The outcome is not related to the hours.

  3. 20 people found this helpful  

    Research & development at SISA or SRA Samsung Research America

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    Former Employee - Project Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Leader in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and bonuses (joining and annual)

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Gain independence from HQ approvals and behave in n ethical manner

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Military Style Management and Too much Politics

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Samsung 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice team, good work, work life balance

    Cons

    no clear startegey, depends on team

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good experience

    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer III in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer III in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Group full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced and challenging environment

    Cons

    work life balance is not satisfied

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company with lot of opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    challenging and room for growths, big company, name brand

    Cons

    leveling up within the organization, title changes, and slightly biased culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Multicultural company, good company for the first start career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Group

    Pros

    Good people, many opportunity, big company

    Cons

    Need to stay late to work with HQ or conterparts

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Field Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Samsung Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Exciting company on the cutting edge of tech. Great support and team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement or clear career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Good but sometimes too hierachy

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Samsung Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The strategic decision is made very speedy and it can follow up the other competitors very aggressively.

    Cons

    It has not allowed any failure even though it tells it will....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It should be more creative by allowing some failure.

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