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Samsung Semiconductor Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
91 Reviews
2.8
91 Reviews
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Samsung Semiconductor CEO & Vice Chairman Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer good benefits and starting 20 days of vacation a year (in 9 reviews)

  • Nice working environment and good benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance is tough, very high workload, upper management changes every 3 (in 8 reviews)

  • Long hours, limited carrier growth (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very large company and a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    work load is high and work-life balance is not good enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to build your career. People are very hard working and great to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Due to company always operating with minimum amount of employees, job security is sound.

    Cons

    work-life balance is tough, very high workload, upper management changes every 3~4 years where company direction changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The right senior manager from Korea will make a difference - LED Lighting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big company. Well known name brand. Health benefits and 401k.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Micro-manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for stability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you're looking for a stable environment, this is the place.
    They offer good benefits and starting 20 days of vacation a year
    Many older employees who stick around until retirement.

    Cons

    Being an Asian company, they are very culturally conservative so be prepared.
    Not much room for personal growth as all upper management tends to be Korean.
    High turnover rate for young employees since many are temps or contractors and little room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase headcount, hire more young creative employees, reduce conservative culture, focus less on numbers and more on actual content of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor

    Pros

    Good working environment, constant encouragement & motivation provided

    Cons

    Growth of employees, information sharing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from this company

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good health benefits and salary

    Cons

    Many..

    working for this company means you are visitor to Korea and will leave after sometime. Everything is controlled from Korea HQ.. you will not have freedom to come up with good soln you need to depend on korea for everything and hey wait if you are coming to this company then make sure you learn korean otherwise life will be difficult. In meeting people start talking in korean and you will look stupid and most of the documentation you get is also either poorly translated in English or they simply ignore your request to share document..

    Ah i was thinking that this company will never do layoff and just found out that they did layoff of another team located in Milpitas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stand with your employee and make korea management understand that engineers working in america office are not idiots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor

    Pros

    Very challenging tasks, well organized and smart coworker

    Cons

    too much overload, long hours

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to give up your life if you want to work in this KOREAN company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits (medical, dental, vision, cafeteria)
    Comp is comparable or generally higher than outside (due to lack of RSU's and options)

    Cons

    * Don't kid yourself, there is no life if you join this company. I thought people were exaggerating when they said to me "be prepared to work hard". I was wrong. Be prepared to die working.
    * No incentives to work hard either, absolutely no recognition for good work, promotions are hard to come by, cash incentives are reserved for those who make cartloads of money already.
    * Poor management styles across the board. People leave managers, not companies (in this case, you would leave because of both)
    * TOO MANY KOREAN EXPATS in leadership roles. These people would not even qualify to be a normal worker in other companies, but they are in senior roles here!
    * KOREAN style of thinking and doing business, along with a propensity to break the rules and go against ethics a lot.
    * No power to make any local decisions, Korea runs the show.

    Bottomline: IF YOU ARE THINKING OF JOINING HERE, STAY AWAY!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What advice can you give to a company/management that thinks they know it all?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Global company aspirations - totally Korean in the reality.

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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 Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Could end up working on some cool stuff - if in the right group and/or team. Lot of recent collection of local talent so could work with smart engineers. Decent overall benefits.

    Cons

    Very Korea in culture. Very little decision making happening locally. Most of it driven by Korean leaders (dispatched to local centers or from Korea). Intentions of becoming a global company are all there but the actual implementation is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Especially to Korean Management:
    1. Give more power/freedom to local management to deliver state of the art solutions.
    2. Let local team develop their own culture and have less influence in day to day management/decision making.
    3. Become global rather than just preaching of becoming global company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you want work life balance or to work for a company with integrity...you won't find it here.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good...you just have to leave your intelligence at the interview table.

    Cons

    If you are not Korean you are a second class citizen. Their diversity leaves a lot to be considered. I never saw more that 3 African American employees in the over 10 years I worked there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decision based on the morals and values of American companies and not Korean.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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