Samsung Research America

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Samsung Research America Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
48 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They're hiring good people, and they're challenging them to do great work (in 4 reviews)

  • Fair salary, good benefits and good bonuses (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The management level is eager to please our Korea HQ, but constantly fails to convince (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Internship

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    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)

    Pros

    Good payment and housing
    Interesting project

    Cons

    Less open than other internt companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe more diversified and flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Hard work and proud of working there

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    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

    Pros

    good benefits, well structured training course,

    Cons

    a little trivial jobs, security, complex system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great People, Great Work

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    Former Intern - Research in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Research in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the team I was working with, along with the work we were doing. We had a lot of freedom to conduct actual research, and were free to pursue things we found interesting.

    Cons

    The location wasn't ideal, and Samsung hasn't invested in the shuttle services provided by Apple or Google. Also, working with samsung HQ can be a bit difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things are great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dysfunctional

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of smart people to work with

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

    Pros

    Excellent Health Benefits.
    Work extra hours in terms of work life balance.
    New campus opened in mountain view

    Cons

    Decision making relies heavily on HQ and less autonomy on decision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    More innovation. Less process. More perks!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Not your typical Samsung Department.

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

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

    Pros

    There are 4 groups here at SRA that are actually very different, if you want to compare them from the rest of the herd. These 4 labs are highly creative, innovative, and have released very relevant top rated products. Cool thing about these departments, is that they shell you from the usual politics that plague the rest. They encourage creativity, good design, and thinking outside the box mentality. These groups function like a start-up, They are quick and agile to the changes. Being in this ecosystem really helped me to mature, grow, and learn from others.

    It is also a great place to learn about the mobile industry, it's developers engineering, and business.

    Lots of perks. Free devices (gifts), free lunch (depends on the department), 401k, great health benefits, fun environment, great salary, great bonus, etc...

    Cons

    - You work a lot (but you get rewarded for it)
    - Headquarter is in Korea and they still control everything. You need HQ's approval to release anything.
    - Things change very quickly.
    - Little or no process at all.
    - Communication?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't really blame management. They have their own bosses who treats them harshly then your lowly senior designer. Our team is just lucky that we have good managers and great people. It is what it is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Changed and Focussed

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue empowering US employees to do what they do best

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    An island of Korea in Silicon Valley.

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K). Extremely intelligent and educated workforce.

    Cons

    Constant change. Everything is run from Korea (HQ). Local efforts are often over looked. Extreme internal politics, constant high level reorganization. Lots of employee churn after the Samsung mystique wears off and talented staff run out of patience and find they can work anywhere else they like. No employee ownership/stock plan. One way communication with HQ, information shared in a need to know only fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for autonomy and embrace the silicon valley work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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