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Samsung Semiconductor Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
101 Reviews
2.7
101 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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  1.  

    good benefit

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor

    Pros

    good benefit (medical insurance, 401k)

    Cons

    hard to collaborate with HQ in Korea

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job Satisfaction depends on your department

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some managers extend a great deal of trust. This was the best place I ever worked. Lots of trust and excellent rewards for performance

    Cons

    Some foreign managers find it difficult to extend trust. Micromanagement occurs on a few departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stay away if you dont speak Korean!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brand name company, pay and benefits are above average. If you are Korean you are on fast track for promotion

    Cons

    very political. No career path. Korean culture dominates. No work life balance you are expected to leave work at 10pm because other employees stay till late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt to the US work culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a place for merit based growth

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

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, overall stable company

    Cons

    The US offices are mere units for providing services to Korea, which is where most of the core IP is kept. This means that employee development and growth in the US is not a serious concern. Add to this, favoritism, abuse of immigrant engineers like those on visas - they are not given decent raises and are kept on the hook about their greencard processing - you slowly get a toxic environment of a mental hospital run by mad doctors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too embedded in a know-it-all mentality to correct course. But for what its worth : you should start with simple things like paying attention to decency, laws, integrity, mutual trust etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    YOU ARE WARNED - DO NOT WORK HERE! AS KOREAN CULTURE STILL RULES IN SILICON VALLEY at SSI.

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

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

    Pros

    Products and the health benefit plan.

    Cons

    This company has a very old school outlook as the CFO and the president are from Korea. Which means that silicon valley culture is forgotten. Every thing happens by Samsung Korea rules. Well why have a presence in silicon valley when the company does not want to adapt. Here are some examples: 1) Lack of women in leadership roles. Korean management would take orders from men but not women. 2) Leadership has no accountability to change the culture, they rather blame it on people who have no control over the culture. 3) Fairness lacks in every way 4) Reverse discrimination against local Koreans 5) Age discrimination exists as they want young people to work at SSI than those who bring wisdom and experience. The reason for this: they want people who can be trained into the Samsung way. The mentality is I will tell you what to do and you will do it exactly as I say. 6) If you are capable, you will get all the work and no reward. You will be treated as a slave with no upside or reward. They will only recognize you when you leave the company. Well by then it too late and the company looses in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LOCAL LEADERSHIP - WAKE UP, STAND UP and SPEAK UP. YOU ENABLE the CULTURE if you accept the way it is! IF YOU ARE TOO AFRAID TO SPEAK UP THEN YOU SHOULD NOT BE A LEADER.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A great workplace with terrible management teams

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    . SSI (Samsung Semiconductor Inc) in San Jose, provides very competitive compensation, great benefits, and excellent facilities. They seem to be working very hard to attract talents.
    . Their products and technologies are very interesting and challenging to most engineers.
    . Most of Korean engineers are nice to work with, although there might be communication issues occasionally.

    Cons

    The biggest problem of SSI is: the senior management teams are VERY political. If you're not part of their small circle, you're out of luck. They don't care much about your career goals, personal interests or struggles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor

    Pros

    Great benefits, co-pays very low

    Cons

    No equity/stock issues so not competitive with other US companies in total compensation

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11.  

    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 (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

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