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2.5 35 reviews

39% Approve of the CEO

Samsung Semiconductor CEO & Vice Chairman Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon

Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon

(18 ratings)

18% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, including children's education, medicare coverage(in 10 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are above average for the industry; however, benefits were recently reduced(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Limited career opportunities, poor work/Life Balance, language barrier(in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours, limited carrier growth(in 13 reviews)

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    Long hours, competitive salary

    Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsSamsung has competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Working for the leading memory manufacturer has advantages like market strength and the ability to ride out market fluctuations. These frequent market fluctuation tend to hurt smaller, less powerful semiconductor companies.

    ConsSamsung does a poor job of recognizing work/life balance. As a company based on Korean ideals, family life and extracurricular activities take a distant second to being at work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImposing Korean work ethic in America makes working for Samsung difficult.

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    Great place to work...and I mean work and work

    Engineering Technician (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsSalary, compressed work week, Employees, Promotions, Bonus cash, Company functions

    Consnot always fair, lower management is terrible, The all mighty knee jerk reaction every time something goes wrong, work load

    Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes its good to think of the little people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work, work and more work

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsCompensation package is competitive and the benefits are all right. Get to learn a lot about laying low and surviving. Work expectation are high.

    ConsIt is a sweat shop. Long hours and no positive feedback is the norm. You receive little to no feedback unless you have screwed-up and then watch out. There is little consideration given for work/life balance. Better not ever have a serious illness or family problems because as soon as you FMLA runs out you are a gonner. The culture does not reward creativity or innovation. It rewards those that can survive by laying low and never calling attention to themselves. No opportunites to participate in outside activites or community events.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a forum for work/life balance. Give opportunites to really hear and follow employee feedback.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Proceed at your own risk.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThe pay and benefits are comparable, if not slightly better than competitors. The amount of responsibility is dependent on your department but in general, if you apply yourself, you can succeed.

    ConsThere is a lack of work/life balance as well as a discouraging of taking PTO

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate direction better to employees

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    Standard work week 55hrs, bad work week 70 hrs.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsAs long as you can manage to work there for several years you'll move into a leadership position because they'll be forced to promote you through the low retention rates. The benefits are great and you accrue lots of PTO, its just very hard to use it. Coworkers are amazing and there is very little backstabbing because there's no time for playing games in this workplace.

    ConsReally little to no work life balance since the company is run with an asian work ethic = no regard for employee satisfaction or well being, just get back to work now. Its amazing how much passion and dedication to a company name Koreans have towards Samsung.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis obviously doesn't flow with any successful business model, but more focus on employee happiness needs to be made because I'm sure that productivity and motiviation will increase if employees feel like the difference they make is appreciated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pay attention to other reviewers' job title/fab/tenure. The experiences vary greatly.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThe Samsung brand is very strong right now. The clout that comes with the name should be useful for credentials. The jobs are challenging, and those who exceed expectations are rewarded. Young people have the opportunity to take on much more responsibility than similar positions elsewhere.

    Austin is a growing city. The cost of living is repeatedly mentioned various publications as being one of the best for similarly sized cities. There is lots to do in the city for young people, and the suburbs are growing quickly, so land value should appreciate rapidly as well.

    ConsDisclaimer: I can only speak for the engineers.

    The number one complaint is the business culture. The number two complaint is the stress.

    It should be noted that as of 2008, the company has two large divisions: the new, growing fab, and the old, mainstay fab. Those in the new fab will bemoan the competitiveness, and the restrictive and demanding management style. Those in the old fab will bemoan monotony, and the lack of "real engineering work" there is to do. Generally speaking, frustrations with either are mostly due to Korean management culture and the current state of the industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome employees can be motivated with the "we just need to work harder for the next week" method to achieve bonuses. Others can be motivated by militaristic discipline or cut-throat competition. I think these employees are both addressed very well by senior management.

    There is one other category that I do not think is well addressed, and that is the type of person who is better motivated by "this is where we are now". There are frequent manager meetings, and there is some information available to the company on the intranet, but I think there is room for a very cohesive summary page with the bonus goal progress more neatly laid out in detail, and current customer demands, large projects, and market conditions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great teamwork and career growth - with a price.

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsPay for performance philosophy at Samsung means that if you are willing to invest the time, and the energy, and more time, you can have a very successful career. Very open work culture with team orientation, departments work well together for the benefit of the overall company.

    ConsSamsung is a Korean company and has a dual management structure - almost every department has an American manager and a Korean dispatch manager, which can sometimes leave the employees in the lurch between bosses with different priorities and instructions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe memory market changes rapidly, which drives the pace of change internal to Samsung Austin. Developing the right IT systems and then providing strong training, support, and regular updates would improve the ability to adapt to the market changes while keeping the solid base of operations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Peers/co-workers are amazing.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsPeers/co-workers are amazing. Work hard play hard mentality. Some amazing management members that truly mentor.

    ConsMost members of management. Employee satisfaction not addressed, even with consistently low survey scores. Expect really long hours and to be paged throughout the weekend/all hours of the night. Korean expectations are completely foreign to any sane American.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees if you want to keep them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard work - good compensation- good people

    Senior Engineering Technician (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsSamsung pays above the average and has a great benefits package, including quarterly bonuses of up to 3 weeks of pay. The people at Samsung are great to work with and for the most part very competent in their jobs. They are respectful of time off and family events are put on year round.

    ConsThe only downside is understaffed an overworked. Many times overtime is need to complete mandatory projects. It's easy to work 60 hr weeks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a little more fair about how yearly increases and reviews are given. If you're really good at something, you get pigeon holed and find it difficult to go to another inside job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company with excellent pay, but you need to be very flexible and be prepared for long hours and

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThe pay is above average.

    ConsTwo culture environment does not mesh well at times, causing disharmony. Corporate response tends towards periodic efforts towards cultural re-education of U.S. workforce.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to develop a blended culture environment philosophy which is an equal balance of U.S. and Korean influence. , and be consistent in it's application. Stop oscillating focus between cultural extremes.

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