Samsung Group Reviews in Seoul, South Korea

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
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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.  

    Hard work and overtime but the biggest and best in Korea

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    Former Employee - Manager in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Manager in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    Very diligent managers, smart people are energetic and trying to do their best.

    Cons

    Communication problem between teams, up and down make waste

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is setting up creative environment, but not enough. management should make more efforts

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Fun and interesting

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)

    I worked at Samsung Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good reputation. Colleague very nice and good commitment to the job.

    Cons

    too much of work load. lack of life. sometimes work quality has been affected.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Exceptional opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    you have access for outstanding facility, resources and colleges

    Cons

    but you may busy and to be smart to balance your life and work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Smile, laugh and don't rock the boat.

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    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer-Globalization Team in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer-Globalization Team in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at Samsung Group as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The trainees are motivated to work hard as there promotions are tied into the score they get on their end of program test. They will diligently follow your instructions.

    Cons

    If you want to survive without banging your head on the walls don't rock the boat too heavily. It's really difficult to get the more embedded employees to take on additional risk in order to change the status quo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical Korean large enterprise

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    lots of training courses for juniors, local experts program is good

    Cons

    You don't have your life if you want to succeed in Samsung.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good company for those who enjoy competitive environment

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    I was a software engineer in mobile communication division.
    - competitive salary if you get 50% PS
    - Good co-workers with nice benefit (free food with a good quality, even take-out is available)

    Cons

    - too much work and frequent over-time
    - political issue
    - several teams compete each other internally for the same project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing to share for this

  8.  

    benefits are good, but working balance is poor

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)

    I have been working at Samsung Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    it's good to work in a Global company to get great benefits and high salary. In terms of benefits, the company is very generous to employees. You learn management skills while working on a product.

    Cons

    Software is the weakest point in Samsung. Samsung electronics are more of a follower in software field, not a leader. they are busy to catch up new things that were done by Google, Apple and other leading software companies. Moreover, you wouldn't get much of life balance between working and personal life. They do things in very ineffective ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is ok. However, people in management position still does not know the importance of software and future trend of technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very hard working and good compensation but mono hierarchial decision-making

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Manager in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Manager in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)

    I worked at Samsung Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot of well organized working process related with (overseas) sales and marketing inclduing SCM. This company is well equipped with management system (global ERP) over the world, which is kingpin of the company's on-going innovation. If you're not a grumbler at a bunch of work imposed by that system, you can have a insight on how the work flows very soon - including the work of mid management level - despite of your very short work experience. I bet this is the unique systematic culture that hardly acquire in other enterprise. Recently the company started to focus on work-life balance including drepression clinic for the employees - the company maybe can be free of infamous hard-working organization soon. But I don't believe that the life of upper sr. manager level would not change easily because change does not come to the people who are accustomed to old-fashioned life-work-sytle.

    Cons

    Every one in charge of sales has to bear the pressure of KPI (key performance indicator) established as a part of annual/quarterly management plan, moreover weekly(monthly) sales accuracy rate is a the most critical one for sales persons - so called "demand plan" result. As overall working process is controlled systematically, in many cases employees seems to feel a sensation that they are a kind of tools for the company goal, which discourage and make them boring at work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Not a good culture for work and life balance

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    flexible work time, good compensation

    Cons

    too much work for the assigned manpower

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    If Work is your hobby then this is the place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    Challenges and Learning 24-7 around the clock. Sky is the limit

    Cons

    No life outside the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Company is truly trying to adapt to that of Global Company - culture really needs to change to be more 'trusting' and more 'efficient'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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