Samsung Semiconductor

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Samsung Semiconductor Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Global company aspirations - totally Korean in the reality.

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (6)

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Challenging. Somewhat rewarding.

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice working environment and good benefits.

    Cons

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


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  5. Helpful (6)

    A work place worst ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

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

    Pros

    Brand name before joining this company. No any other good things about it since working there

    Cons

    Terrible bully management do not have project management and treat employees very unfair except you have personal relationship with the Sr. Director there. Performance review employees blindly without knowing what employees have done. Management do not have communications to employees about sharing schedules, very unclear about priorities, planning or proper work resource estimates.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job and provide employees project or assignments with proper resource estimates. Be open and fair review your employees's work and performance. If you are not knowledgable enough knowing what job needs what time efforts as expected, please step down and let employees have a peaceful pleasant work life.


  6. Helpful (6)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lovely workplace with great people

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

    Pros

    Whenever I come to my office, I can feel like visiting my friend's house. The management takes an effort to make the workplace friendly. All colleagues listen carefully to my story and have a warm communication with me. I love my colleagues and happy to work with them.

    Cons

    Sometimes, it looks like strong competition in the company, but this is not only for our company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefit, stable position, good support

    Cons

    Strong competition in this industry


  9. Helpful (4)

    Employees are not held accountable for anything

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Dependent upon what team you belong to, the people can be a plus. The benefit plans are very comprehensive.

    Cons

    Low cultural tolerance, "don't ask don't tell" policies, very inefficient processes, lack of accountability, rarely fire anyone, even extreme underperformers

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on ability, not tenure. If you don't do this, you will continue to lose all of your most promising employees in 1-2 years.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Decent First Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Co-workers Company in a Dynamic Industry

    Cons

    It seems to be tough to get a promotion.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Average Compensation, lots of work pressure

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

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

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent 401k, lunch subsidy is 50%. Decent medical benefits.

    Cons

    Below Average pay for the amount of hours employees put in.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards keeping the best talent in the company



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