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Samsung Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
90 Reviews
2.7
90 Reviews
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Samsung Semiconductor CEO & Vice Chairman Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great for stability

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time for less than a 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
  3.  

    Good employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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

  7. 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
  8. 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
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  9. 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 for 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
  10.  

    Challenging. Somewhat rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice working environment and good benefits.

    Cons

    Perks need to be re-visited in order to be competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Only Asians need apply if you look for growth potential and promotions

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

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Cost of Benefits is better than any company I have seen. 401K is standard matching. 50% subsidized Cafeteria and workout Center (Gym) is onsite

    Cons

    Only Asians get promoted - even if they are not qualified. Caucasian Americans are rarely looked at for promotions.
    Their annual review process is terrible - it is based on a 1 to 5 scale (1 the best and 5 the worst). If a manager gives someone a 1 in their group then they must give another person a 5 ~ even if they are a well performing employee. If a manager submits an employee for a 2 and a director doesnt like it - they will reject it and tell the manager to reduce it to a 3 or 4. Its not fair and not right.
    They expect employees to be available for work 24/7 - even on holidays. There are daily calls with Korea late into the night. The employees in Korea do not adjust their schedule to ours - it is us who must be available for them.
    I have seen a lot of unethical practices over the many years.
    very...very....very tough place to work if you are looking for fairness and GWP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Evaluate them as they truly are.
    Treat everyone faily and with respect. Promote individuals who truly deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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