Samsung Research America

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Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
60 Reviews
3.0
60 Reviews
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Daniel Eum
8 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, good salary and talent (in 4 reviews)

  • Medical benefits, business travels, and not much else really (in 3 reviews)


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

  • fast-paced, it doesn't really feel like silicon-valley company (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing . . .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung Research America (more than an year)

    Pros

    OK Money, no 12 hour days.

    Cons

    Middle management gums things up. Big barrier between Korean bosses and US workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anonymous round robin reviews. Hire the contractors so they have a stake in the company's performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great!!!

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    Former Employee - Microserver in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Microserver in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    lots of freedom in work, many gifts and fooooooosball

    Cons

    nothing per se, samsung research was fab for me

    Recommends
  3.  

    Smart people + focused research

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    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    They expect a lot out of you, but who doesn't these days?

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Samsung makes great products... This was an opportunity to work on a very good set of products for a well respected company. I absolutely have no regrets as far as working for Samsung. The people I worked with were awesome, and overall it was a very positive experience.

    Cons

    There was a lot of political infighting amongst the different engineering groups. They would have "Brainstorming" meetings at times that were commonly referred to as "Blamestorming". The management could be quite difficult to work with at times, almost confrontational. Still, I would work for Samsung again in a second.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and recognize those that contribute to your success... While I really liked my job, and the people I worked with, I frequently felt that I was not all that highly valued.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very flexible for students

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

    Pros

    Great flexible hours for college students and good pay. Good snacks and great staff members.

    Cons

    For a contract worker, not many perks. Not many interactions with other employers, thought they were all very friendly.

  7.  

    Good Company, Developing Culture

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Company is growing
    Good salary
    Good benefit

    Cons

    Culturally lacking
    very Team oriented, hard to connect with others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for Work-Life valance

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Samsung Research America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is good for work-life valance.

    Cons

    Most of employees are experienced employees

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

    Lot's of chaos. Lot's of politics. Try to make progress while working in a spinning washing machine.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Pay. Worklife balance is good so far, but when HQ starts to pressure management (the way this project is going, they certainly will), the pressure will fall at the feet of the employees who will be expected to work 24/7 to achieve unrealistic goals and pull something miraculously working out of a tangled heap of disorganized mess.

    Cons

    Totally chaotic. Can't make progress because people are stepping all over everyone else's feet. Infighting abounds. Managers don't have a clue of the technical details and thus make unrealistic and unreasonable requests and misguided assertions which requires worker's time to try to explain often to no avail--managers want stupid things done, thus stupid things must be done and when it isn't successful the workers will be blamed.

    The IT department is a pain in the neck and the compute resources are crappy (ultra books [so called] that work like crap), constant connectivity outages, lack of flexibility in how you can setup your work environment.

    Apple need not worry. This place is a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the current management and find a group of leaders that believe in making progress in a less chaotic politically driven environment and instead is driven by problem solving and information. Give people in the group a sense that this project is well organized and makes steady progress toward realistic goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair pay with good bonus for copy cat mobile services

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Fair salary, good benefits and good bonuses. Company brand name.

    Cons

    Everything is urgent with no real tools or control to make a significant impact. Get things done, no matter how it's gets done. Obvious Korean preference if you wish to move up. No clear vision. Carousel of leadership. High turn over. No real innovation. Scared upper management, survival is the game for directors and up. No one high up the ladder wants to really innovate just duplicate. Those who do want to innovate have and will eventually leave. If your product becomes a success HQ will try to take it over and spit you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place with benefits and good funding.

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    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Bonus Options
    Year end gifts
    Summer camps

    Cons

    HQ dependency
    Business model is different for each lab

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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