Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • good perks,benefits,free gifts,large campus,salary, good people (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor communication w/ Korea HQ makes it difficult to make progress (in 8 reviews)

  • This is a korean company within Silicon Valley - literally (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Senior Staff Engineer 2

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    growing and strong work life balance growing startup mentality is catching but still needs work finally signs of breaking away from HQ threads as critical mass of local company is attained

    Cons

    1. very silo oriented thinking and lack of collaboration incentives means similar ideas get built in different ways in silos are shoe-horned into a narrow existing product focus. 2. need more employee empowerment 3. needs stronger executives with silicon valley mentality and courage

    Advice to Management

    Increase employee empowerment on decision making and better incubate collaboration opportunities across Samsung divisional silos to enable reduced R&D expense and avoid duplicated technology development and create a more enabled service opportunities rather than an enabler built for only 1 divisional use case. Need more outside the box business wizards to complement the advanced technology pump.


  2. great for r & d

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Samsung Research America (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to explore cutting edge tech. Smart people here

    Cons

    Overhead and intsense work sometimes


  3. Global reach

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a huge impact given the scale and reach of Samsung products

    Cons

    Key decisions are made in Korea

    Advice to Management

    Discover yourself and stop following others


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  5. MilkMusic Team is awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Receptive Management willing to champion good ideas. Fantastic work environment. Allowed to bring dogs into work. Free education on-site on a regular basis to keep professional growth up

    Cons

    Too many SVPs with their own agenda keep Samsung from being all it could be.

    Advice to Management

    Review of KPIs that may be good for one segment but not good for company's eco system


  6. Helpful (1)

    SRA

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer/Technical Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer/Technical Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Research Oriented great salary great location no stocks

    Cons

    Closed door no work life balance no employee development


  7. Top talent, good company, American division need further Americanization

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers, great benefits, exciting when the parent company is doing well. Chance to work at one of the world's top tech companies and make an impact.

    Cons

    When earnings are down they get very strict with cost-cutting measures, many of which seem more symbolic in nature than anything else and can be quite illogical / disruptive to productivity. Headquarters is located in Korea, and can be overbearing and micro-managing with US locations -- making it feel as though there is a lack of trust. USA is the global innovation leader, you need to trust your Americans more.

    Advice to Management

    Petition our stakeholders in Korea to allow for greater freedom and creativity in R & D efforts to avoid letting your engineers fall into a pattern of becoming merely supporting actors on HQ's production efforts, rather than researchers exploring truly innovative projects.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not an R&D company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Samsung Research America

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Many talented engineers.

    Cons

    No management, no planning, daily change in direction. Requests from HQ are the utmost urgency/importance. Managers do not know what engineers are working on. Managers assign irrelevant and meaningless tasks to engineers. Managers assign wrong tasks to wrong engineers. Difficult to communicate with other teams. Frequent request to compare different technologies that are not really in the same domain. Decisions are made based on politics. Smart engineers are not utilized to their capacity.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try running the place like a Korean company. Let engineers do the jobs they are hired to do.


  9. Not very happy

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, Good environment, Good benefits with encouragement for education throygh attendance to industry conferences etc.

    Cons

    No clear progress path, Very slow promotions, Much lower salaries than industry standards from what I see for other people in glassdoor in similar positions .


  10. Helpful (1)

    Terrible place

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Samsung Research America (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    money, health insurance and 401k

    Cons

    - This place no longer do any research - Management constantly drag engineers into nasty political fight resulting in more travel to Korea - Project ownership constantly stolen by Korea. - Numerous meaningless tasks to prove ourselves against other groups in the company or cover up other team's issues I would not recommend this place

    Advice to Management

    learn to do your job


  11. Helpful (1)

    Korean Culture in USA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits (401k, health coverage) Good products hardware wise Flexibility Fast follower

    Cons

    - Running Korean business culture in USA - Very short term goals, no long term vision - Always re-organizing, goes through very short expand/collapse cycles - No independence, run by dispatcher from Korea - Don't trust employees

    Advice to Management

    - Educate yourselves to local cultures - Take on innovative projects, not constantly follow others - Treat employees with respect - Need management training (not Korean) to be a global company



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