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Pros
  • A little competing working chemistry compared to other Korean company especially for Samsung (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is difficulty to reach (in 9 reviews)

  • Company hierarchy is very strict as most upper management are ex-pats from Korea (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Welcome to Pyongyang"

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    Former Contractor - Validation Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Validation Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LG Mobile Phones as a contractor

    Pros

    Handful of good co workers. Cafeteria food is interesting and actually quite good.

    Cons

    The level of bigotry against American workers is profound. From hateful Indian H1B managers and team leads to Bizarre Korean directors who try to replace skilled talent with Korean kids who can't even turn on a PC, the whole experience is just horrific. Airport style Metal detectors and people doing searches (go there if you don't believe me).

    No perm positions for Americans so no benefits. In fact you can kill yourself going WAY above and beyond, but that will make them hate you that much more. Couple that with the fact that you're working 60+ hours per week (expected) including weekends, with no overtime pay, and that's just the beginning.

    Don't be fooled by any "positive" reviews you read here. I can promise you they were written by Koreans (note the grammar - or lack thereof ) with a high level manager sitting right next to them. Do yourself a favor and stay FAR away from this horror show. It truly is like North Korea.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being prejudiced. Get rid of bigoted Indian Middle management. Stop treating workers like criminals.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for growth if you get in the right department.

    Cons

    The top executives rotate in from Korea every 3 to 4 years, so there is never long term goals for the company. They are only interested in their own success.
    Sometimes important meeting will start out in English and then convert the Korean. Very unproductive for non-Korean speaking employees. At one time they said they were going to conduct all meeting in english but they never followed though.

    Advice to Management

    In order to be truly successful you must seek market information from local individuals/resources. You have created a gap between your Korean - non-Korean employees which will limit your future success. You treat your top executive better than you treat your customers and they notice it.

  3. "Software Test Engineer III"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer III in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical and 401k. Lunch discount.

    Cons

    Promotions, Training, Leadership. Work environment is very bad.

    Advice to Management

    Need strong leadership


  4. Helpful (2)

    "In order to succeed or grow with the company, you have to be able to wear several hats."

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LG Mobile Phones full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The team of people I worked with were great, making going to work each day fun and exciting. I was able to learn many new skills, become an expert in many areas that I am able to use throughout my career.

    Cons

    The biggest obstacle (s) are culture based if you do not speak the Korean language. Communication is key in our line of work, so you are at a disadvantage if you do not speak the language regardless of how experience or good you are at doing your job.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to relay clear direction for the team so that everyone can focus on the same end goal. Communicating this at an early stage can help build a solid foundation with the team.


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    "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LG Mobile Phones full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big stable company along with rare layoff

    Cons

    Too much of a work, less work and life balance

    Advice to Management

    Do not be too dictative


  6. "Work is fun but it is not fair"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun Work
    Nice People
    Good location
    Still good potential to grow

    Cons

    Not Fair
    No planning is required
    Salary is low

    Advice to Management

    Please be clear about everything


  7. Helpful (5)

    "If you are not Korean, advancement is limited"

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    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool industry to work for
    Company discounts across all LG products
    Great location in sunny San Diego

    Cons

    Hard to maintain morale when the company is always 2 steps behind the competition. Especially when they had the research supporting innovative launches.

    Advice to Management

    Stop resting on past successes and get ahead of the curve.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "R&D"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    LG don't layoff people often

    Cons

    compensation is under the industry average

    Advice to Management

    Follow the market trend and put more effort on the device quality instead of pushing it the market in short time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, poor communication from upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Health care benefits are free, so is dental plan.
    Free phones.
    Small company feel.
    Free breakfast on Fridays
    Location of office

    Cons

    R&D lab head of US is always nervous when upper management from Korea visits our site. It stresses us out that he is stressed.
    Increased work load with minimal staff size
    8am is the time you must be in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Empower local employees and not rely on FSE as much. Need local employees to provide continuity.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "It's a great place to work... as long as you leave your hopes and dreams out the door."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free breakfast on every Friday. Need to be an early bird, though. Employee discount on a lot of LG products, such as TVs and refrigerators, although you might find a better deal at Amazon if you consider tax and shipping. Occasional outdoor BBQ and picnics. Depending on what you do, you get to play with many "not yet released" LG phones.

    Cons

    No cubicle walls (for engineers only). There used to be, but someone upstairs thought getting rid of cubicle walls would allow easier communication among engineers. Zero privacy. A lot of important issues are discussed in the smoking area outside the building while smoking and drinking coffee, so if you don't smoke nor drink coffee, you can forget about being *in* the circle. Also if you don't play golf (the management takes golf dead seriously), kindly kiss all your career advancement goodbye. They ask you to show up at 8AM (it used to be 9), but that doesn't mean you can go home at 5PM. Even if you spend all your hours at your desk, no jeans except on Fridays. If you don't speak Korean, make sure you are white; they'll worship you even if you do a lousy job. This place forces you to come up with ideas that can be used in phones, but quantity matters a lot more than quality of the ideas. People brought from Korea are treated exceptionally well (the company pays for their houses, cars, maid services, and does taxes for them), but local recruits are bottom of the food chain. All the projects are done in Korea, so you'll always be an extra that nobody recognizes.

    Advice to Management

    Bring interesting projects. Reward fairly. Don't penalize non-smokers, non-coffee-drinkers, and non-golfers. Bring back cubicle walls or, better yet, bring everyone in the rooms to the same playing ground.


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