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45 English questions out of 45

September 30, 2022

What are perks and other benefits like at Samsung Research America?

Pros

I enjoy the community here. So many smart people, and lots of access to new technologies with potential for great impact on many aspects of Samsung's business

Cons

SRA acts as part of the slow-moving Samsung behemoth. Promotion cycle is relatively long for Silicon Valley, better benefits can be found at other companies

Promotion cycle is relatively long for Silicon Valley, better benefits can be found at other companies

September 30, 2022

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July 13, 2020

What is health insurance like at Samsung Research America?

Pros

The health benefits premium and co-pay are very low - when you compare the cash comp to the premium they are charging employees per month, the share is definitely in favor of employee. The team that I work in is great, flexible and accountable for their work.

Cons

Shared services model is a hit or miss - sometimes the response comes very quickly, but sometimes they give you an answer, which does not seem to address the true issue.

The health benefits premium and co

July 13, 2020

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March 18, 2021

Does Samsung Research America offer an employee assistance or workplace counselling program?

Pros

- Pay is competitive. - Seems to care about employee's happiness. - Seems to care for innovation, but must be approved by HQ - Cafeteria food is really good

Cons

- HQ has a tight grep on the US's product direction and schedule. If we were to diverge it requires lots of persuasion to make it work. - Beginning of the year work schedule is agreeable, but it is a nightmare end of the year

Seems to care about employee's happiness.

March 18, 2021

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January 1, 2021

Does Samsung Research America offer health savings accounts?

Pros

Excellent overall work environment. Management has best intentions (except for total compensation) for the employees and is trying hard to do whatever it can - from accommodating everyone's particular situation (within reason), to be fair with promotions, and so on. The projects are challenging and interesting. Plenty of smart and nice people to work with and the level of internal-project collaboration is as good as anywhere. Having worked in a couple other major US tech companies, I can say that politics is less than elsewhere (and is unavoidable as it is part of human nature) and there is much better meritocracy. As tech is a highly competitive and global industry, there is pressure for delivering results, but expectations are not unreasonable. Benefits, such as PTO, health, 401K, are very competitive for the industry. No issue working with people from Korea - it is getting better as rough edges are smoothened with time, trust and understanding are being built, and, for the most part, the folks from Korea are polite and professional. Overall, a solid company to work for and a great work environment.

Cons

Total compensation is less than in the industry - both in systems/HW related projects where the likes of Apple, Qualcomm, Intel pay 15%-30% better (even Huawei used to do so) and, especially, in SW related projects where Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and many others pay waaaay better. Some brain-dead, counter-productive, penny pinching and distrust towards the employees also started in 2018 - seems like some finance person had to create some stupid deliverable for himself.

Advice to Management

Can't offer any meaningful advice as, for the main shortcoming, Korea calls the shots in terms of budget and I'm sure they already know what packages the competition offers. It may be unpleasant but it is also true that Samsung has not managed to have a comparable appeal as any of the aforementioned companies. Despite all the good intentions and initiatives from SRA management, everything rings hollow, seems cheap, and falls short since it does not address what really matters - total compensation. I think the rest works well.

Benefits, such as PTO, health, 401K, are very competitive for the industry.

January 1, 2021

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February 9, 2021

Does Samsung Research America offer vision insurance?

Pros

Good Korean food Good amount of PTO if you're here for more than 5 years

Cons

A dictatorship. Don't expect the situation will get better. My stuff got stolen one day. Too many people in the management. Some projects even have 10:1 manger-engineer ratio, which causes lots of micro-management, fighting, reprioritization, credit taking. Fierce bizarre political fights in the leadership. People who lost got fired or laid off with short notice together with their direct reports. People don’t trust each other and sometimes try hold you accountable for anything you do or say in meetings, emails, or in person, even when what you say/did is not wrong or not causing any trouble. Manager explicitly told me to assume others have bad intentions and told me not to speak with anyone in other teams without both managers’ presence. Managers expect you to be silent in meetings unless they need you to confirm something they don’t know. If you speak without your managers ask you to, they will be pissed off because you are stealing their show. You will also be ignored by other managers. This is why non-managers end up being always silent in meetings, except new hires who haven’t learned the culture here yet. A lot of people in the management are terrible communicators. You will see people yelling, blaming each other, arguing over unimportant details in lots of meetings. Some managers pretend they know something but it was so obvious they don’t. They sometimes end up repeating buzzwords without conveying anything concrete. You will see many email chains and lots of cc because there are so many managers. Most of the messages do not contain useful information. Sometimes, the leaders argue about "he said she said" and blame each other for unimportant things in multiple rounds when there are 20 leaders in the cc. I witnessed at least 3 times. Many managers, who lack certain knowledge and feel insecure, try really hard to speak the most in meetings and emails to cover their ignorance, just throwing out some buzzwords that do not make sense together. It is obvious for low-level people but they can’t speak. When they are corrected offline repeatedly, they still don’t get it and keep saying things that don’t make sense. Incredibly, such managers can convince the executives that they know what they are doing and earn their trust. Lack of vision in the leadership. Priority changes too often that your efforts will be wasted and no project gets done. Managers violates company policy all the time and suggest direct reports doing so as well, like working on personal matters in work hours, copying confidential materials to personal laptops. Some managers openly encourage their direct reports to leetcoding at work and jump ship. This is not HQ. Resources are very limited, permission approval is over complicated and slow. Below market pay, no free food, very limited perks. Never expect it'll get better, because why pay you a lot when they have much cheaper labor in Korea. SRA/SEA is only a presence in the US market. When other companies started WFH due to COVID, our HR email said “don’t worry”.

Advice to Management

The root causes of the above problems are too many managers and average pay. Please fire bad managers and train the rest. Please build trust between people because now there is little. Please increase pay (and reduce the number of people if you have limited budget).

Below market pay, no free food, very limited perks.

February 9, 2021

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