Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. SRA

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    • 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


  2. Samsung Research America

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

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

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

    Pros

    The work was interesting and at the cutting edge of the research in the area. I chose a topic that I liked and they allowed me to work on it. It did sync up with their goals at a certain level but they accommodated my research interests too. I think that is probably not the usual practice in a lot of places.

    Cons

    The food options were limited in the food court.

    Advice to Management

    The pay package at Samsung is slightly towards the lower side of the spectrum. In addition to that we did not have any perks. Maybe the management can try to improve on that factor.


  3. Program Manager

    Current Contractor - User Experience Program Manager/Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - User Experience Program Manager/Specialist in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super talented, smart and creative people. Culturally very diverse. Best team I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Korean HQ oversight. No top down strategy. Management always hedging their bets. People are afraid to contradict upper management. Each group is very soloed. NO collaboration between teams. Company could be far more successful if it were not so competitive internally. No onboarding.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    HQ Centric

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior G&A in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior G&A in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Samsung Research America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    For the most part, very nice people. A lot of interesting things going on.

    Cons

    One step forward, two steps back because everything needs to be approved by HQ. And even after greenlighted, can be changed midstream by HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Allow true cooperation and exercise much less centralized control from HQ.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Passive aggressive and politics

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice offices, and decent salary. There are some really smart people working here, but chances are most of them are still in the "honeymoon" phase or got used to the money and the aimless direction management takes them in

    Cons

    No one talks to each other, the company has so many projects and so many team and no one is on the same page.
    This is a Korean company, that means politics and red tape everywhere. If you just want to take the money and have a stable work environment, come here, but if you want to do meaningful work and change the world, stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the passive aggressiveness. These are smart and good people. Trust them, and come to the modern age. Cut the bureaucracy and hierarchy.


  7. Android Engineer.
    Basically working on Samsung customized Android platform to optimize the performance and power.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Stable.
    Working Environment is good.
    Work life balance is also good.
    Sometime is a incubator of good ideas.

    Cons

    Compensation not compatible compared to other top companies in Bay area.
    Lots of policies to follow as a Asian based companies.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say here. Everything is well organized. Except that we may need to more stimulate employees' passion to work.


  8. Great People, lot's of red tape

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Sports Vertical in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Sports Vertical in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Did not meet a single incompetent person who wasn't willing to help anyone and everyone
    Management is highly experienced and innovative, they sit down with every team frequently
    Pay and benefits are incredible, 25% jump from my previous employer for essentially the same work

    Cons

    Corporate in Korea can squash anything anyone from America has going, despite months, even years of work
    Some verticals serve the same function and cannibalize resources

    Advice to Management

    Make sure inept verticals are not taking away resources from teams that are making money


  9. Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Internship in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Internship in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good payment and housing
    Interesting project

    Cons

    Less open than other internt companies

    Advice to Management

    Maybe more diversified and flexible


  10. Hard work and proud of working there

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

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

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

    Pros

    good benefits, well structured training course,

    Cons

    a little trivial jobs, security, complex system


  11. Helpful (5)

    Dysfunctional

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good (decent) salaries

    Cons

    Prepare to be 'owned' 24/7. I worked out of NYC and dealt with managers in Korea and San Francisco every day. Due to the time difference this meant it was common to work 12 -15 hours each day.

    Advice to Management

    Korea is the capital of South Korea, not the world!



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