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Samsung Research America Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
57 Reviews
2.9
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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.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3. 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 for more than a 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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  5. 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 for more than a 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn about the mobile industry and the trends. Korea / US control issues and politics slows things down!

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great working hours
    Decent salary and bonuses
    Access to devices
    Good overview of mobile industry and opportunity to talk to a lot of companies for collaboration

    Cons

    HQ (Korea) still controls most things
    Leadership is not as strong and visionary as it should be
    Processes are broken with no clear roles and responsibilities as well as success metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a visionary leader
    Reduce dependence on HQ for decision making

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Leadership Vacuum

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relatively high pay
    Brand name is considered important and successful
    Co-workers are very nice people

    Cons

    The planning function is ridiculous. There are a team of young Koreans who attempt to lead the organization on behalf of an almost absent President. This is not a global company. It is a Korean company that is attempting something far beyond its capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is VERY important. The current President is essentially a manager. They also should stop getting rid of their successful leaders with strong personalities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unless you're ready to retire, don't work here

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

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    cheap benefits
    great salary if you have a Masters of Phd from a top tier college (that's all they care about)

    Cons

    Very Korean, if you can't conform, you will fail.
    Management doesn't take ownership and will throw you under the bus if given the chance.
    If you're not an engineer or UX designer, you will get paid pennies.
    No recognition for hard work, only brown noses prevail.
    Human Resources dept is HORRIBLE and corrupt, they continually break policy and would rather bury their head in the sand than deal with real issues head on.
    HQ in Korea run everything.
    Always in crisis mode.
    Turn over is about 33% of employees leave in less than a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of hiring people based of their education (paper status) and hiring on the spot, actually sit down and really see if the candidate you hire is worth the money you're going to pay. Give higher salaries to people who help run the company instead of only engineers and designers. Some interns make more than regular full time employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change is coming

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Being that Samsung has its hands in a lot of pots, you get some nice employee discounts, though not as many as I would have hoped. My management chain has been nothing but awesome, they made sure I have everything I wanted to be able to get my job done. The teams get together regularly and have mixers as well as other team events. The best part is our game room that has everything you could want to blow off some steam, or just to waste time. Medical benefits are top notch. Aeron chairs for everyone!

    Cons

    It is a satellite branch of a larger company, so there isn't any escaping the dynamics of HQ vs the other guys. I have heard horror stories, but I see things changing everyday. Teams are budgeting for team snacks, as well as other goodies, but corporate should be providing these, not just individual teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on the tech lock down, and make the facilities look and feel more fun. The culture is shifting, but not as fast as employees would like to see. It would be nice if we could get discounts on everything Samsung makes instead of a few products from each family of products. Having a physical corporate store would help with company pride.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Feel the Samsung magic, get transformed, euphoric ...

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

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work with the emerging technologies that are yet to hit US market !

    Cons

    Seoul, HQ managed operations as a cost center

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    SISA

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    Current Employee - Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary and talent.

    Cons

    Bad Management, Focus on products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralize

    No opinion of CEO

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