Samsung Research America

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Samsung Research America Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
71 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  2.  

    Not your typical Samsung Department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  3.  

    Changed and Focussed

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
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  5.  

    nice company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Motion Design in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Motion Design in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    challenge work, nice environment, great team

    Cons

    less benefit, cafeteria need to be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more group work

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

    An island of Korea in Silicon Valley.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people + focused research

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Good Company, Developing Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fair pay with good bonus for copy cat mobile services

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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