Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated July 6, 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. Very good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

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

    Pros

    Salary and working environment

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours could be hectic

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular.


  2. Excellent leadership team, innovation, research, what else can one ask for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Project/Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Project/Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advanced Software Platform Lab has an excellent leadership team and provides a great place for cutting edge research. interesting problems, talented team, and worthwhile research directions.

    Cons

    Some difficulties with culture but things are changing rapidly,

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, looks far into the future, stay positive.


  3. Having a great time creating things the world has never seen.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fair performance evaluation. Sought after innovation. Best performance gets rewarded. Great health insurance plan. Decent 401k plan. Decent perks compared to other Silicon Valley companies.

    Cons

    No RSUs. No free food.

    Advice to Management

    More innovation. Less process. More perks!


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  5. Fabulous HR team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of team members I have ever interacted with. My HRBP truly cares!

    Cons

    Policies can be difficult at times, which can delay processes


  6. Changed and Focussed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been here for a short while. The refocus initiative has been great and there is a sense of enthusiasm and high energy.

    The team I am in really looks out for each and gives great flexibility innovate while setting achievable and realistic business goals.

    If I had to summarize

    Energy, refocussed efforts on specific goals, compensation, ability to get software onto millions of devices, new wave of innovation, hiring top tier talent, flexibility to innovate

    Cons

    some internal tools, portals, processes

    Advice to Management

    Continue empowering US employees to do what they do best


  7. Helpful (1)

    Smart people + focused research

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation, perks, challenging work

    Cons

    Better management direction. Much of the research effort can be a little product-driven but much more focus can be directed at foundational, forward-thinking research.


  8. review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

    Pros

    pretty nice and friendly environment

    Cons

    not found so far yet


  9. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Samsung is a company ready to take on tough challenges and risks. It's not what you would think of a stereotypical Asian company. It's bold and speedy, and it rewards the bold.

    Cons

    There is a lot of splash-over from the Korea side, and there is definitely a learning curve to be able to communicate and understand the HQ side. Corporate policy and direction isn't as monolithic as those of the Jobs-o-cracy denomination would probably prefer. If you think Apple is just perfect, then this is not Apple.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to get US and Korean sides to understand each other at a motivation and thinking level. 95%+ of the people don't get it.


  10. MilkMusic Team is awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. SRA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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