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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Rude People. Minimal staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big brand. Growing company. Stable job if you can take it.
    MBO bonus is almost guaranteed. However, without it, base is slightly below average.
    Knowing korean is a big plus for your growth.

    Cons

    Crazy work load. Minimal staff.

    Executives are too important in many ways.

    I often see and experience violence and rudeness eg. rudely yelling at employees. We reported, but nothing changed. So, I gave up and started yelling back.

    Poor work-life balance. No work from home. Even my family emergency is not understandable here. I once requested for a time off for my kid fever, and my director instead asked me back for my spouse's support. And I only have 3 of these requests in the whole 2013!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't attract talents with cool buildings or free food. Bring up a good culture and how you treat people. (FYI, food is not free here)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sluggish

    • 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

    Pros

    Cash salary and low cost benefits

    Cons

    Almost non-existent career growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unsatisfactory experience :-(

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are decent ~ but then again many Fotune 500 companies have similar packages.

    Cons

    Too many to list ~

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

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

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

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, driven and goal oriented work style. MBO bonus system is good if you meet your goals

    Cons

    Very high expectations with minimal staffing to support the projects. Stretch goals are often taken as normal driving the employees even harder. Project life-cycles are extremely short, driving management drving staff to meet their goals even faster. Schedule is king.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proper staffing is a must, overload the employees and they leave for a more balanced life.
    The work-life balance is all wrong, heavily skewed towards work.

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

    Fast and furious

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, driven and goal oriented work style. MBO bonus system is good if you meet your goals

    Cons

    Very high expectations with minimal staffing to support the projects. Stretch goals are often taken as normal driving the employees even harder. Project life-cycles are extremely short, driving management drving staff to meet their goals even faster. Schedule is king.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proper staffing is a must, overload the employees and they leave for a more balanced life.
    The work-life balance is all wrong, heavily skewed towards work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The best company I have worked at.

    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    My team continues to grow. A pipeline of interesting projects. The management and team environment makes it a comfortable place to work. I have the freedom to inovate and appriciate the technical strength of the team. Samsung beats SanDisk and HGST in this regard.

    Cons

    My building has a small gym. I can use the large gym at our main campus but it's a 10 minute drive. They don't send me to Korea enough. I travel only 2 weeks out of the year. I have gained weight due to the free lunch and dinners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide shuttle service to the 49er games once we open the new Campus. Don't put a cap on the employee referral bonus. I am at my limit for this year. Don't expect any referrals from me until next year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Samsung is a very difficult place to work for. As a global company you have very little time to relax.

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

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

    Pros

    Samsung is a very larger company with a lot of opportunities for the right individual. They take care of what they deem as their top 1%. If you're fortunate enough to be considered the cream of the crop, you'll receive a lot of benefits unknown to the other 99% of the Samsung world.

    Cons

    Pressure to perform and delivery is 24/7. Since you work in the USA you have your normal work hours then Korea comes on-line around 4PM and it doesn't stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance. Shouldn't just be a slogan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from this company

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefit and salary
    Good facility

    Cons

    Too political, relationship is more important, not fair working environment
    Manager lacks of technical background and always have stupid decision need to follow
    Manager does not have background to evaluate engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire lower/middle manager with strong technical background

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    benefits are OK but poor promotion, job growth and fairness in how employees are treated.

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

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You don't have to deal with a lot of internal politics as that is all kept within the Korean management.

    Cons

    No fairness in how HR matters are dealt with, borderline and sometimes blatantly illegal activities. No trust of non-Korean employees and a lot of talented peoples skills are wasted because of that. Management decisions are made for political and personal advancement rather that what is best for the business of the company. One set of rules for Korean employees and another for non-Koreans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace HR department with some people with integrity and trust the talented employees you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor

    Pros

    Good place to work as staring team,
    warm environment w/ smart people
    cutting-edge tech

    Cons

    no stock option,
    poor middle management

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