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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Engineer II Reviews

Updated May 29, 2017
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  • Work/life balance, size, red tape (in 61 reviews)

  • night shift causes health issues, long hours, some politics (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Equipment and Process Technician"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Equipment Technician II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Equipment Technician II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great along with the quarterly and annual bonuses. I liked the shift work, it offered plenty of time off.

    Cons

    Sometimes there was mandatory overtime. Some of the policies seemed unreasonable to me. Work there is mostly reactionary mainly due to the high volume of changes.

    Advice to Management

    I felt like my hands were tied when trying to move forward with a project because my management didn't understand it nor would take the time to learn it to give permission to move forward. In order for any improvements to be made, it would need pressure from above instead of getting ahead of the curve.


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    "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Group interviews of 3-5 people five hours to learn about job. Site very clean and tight security. Escort to restroom. No cell phones permitted.

    Cons

    Archaic internal technology systems, no Outlook or laptops or working from home. New staff is shocked at how tight culture is. No interest in this company after interviewing. Ask employees how they like their previous company to this one. They are amazed how behind they are internally. No leaving for lunch. Most eat at their desk. No water offered during five hour interviews.

    Advice to Management

    Your turnover will be high if you don't get updated internally. People will leave after a year with your dated internal systems. Excel, seriously to run reports when systems can run this for you.

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    "Pay is excellent hours are not"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is hard to beat especially with bonuses

    Cons

    The hours are long at 50+ at a minimum for engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards getting 1st shift people at 40 hours a week


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Use as last option"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of problems to solve
    - Decent benefits
    - Great Korean food on site
    - Gerat for building experience

    Cons

    - Most engineers work ridiculous hours
    - Most managers care too much about butts in chairs, but don't focus much on output - great if you're lazy, bad if you are productive and want to have more flexibility with your earned time. In Korea, the engineers literally show up on Saturday and shamelessly sleep at their desk, but they would be punished passively if they did not show up. This culture is shared at the Austin plant. Why not have more merit-based management? Showing up and not working is wasting everyone's time.
    - Important things tend to happen near the end of the work day, and are often intensionally started during holiday times. Once they started a new process flow on Christmas day. I worked every Christmas for 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    The problem is really at the very top. The Korean managers operate in a Mad Men style, and they require everyone to brown nose. This leads to managers playing for short term gains that keep the higher ups happy enough but will never result in real success for the company.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Pay Benefits, no autonomy"

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. The bonuses are good and the benefits are highly subsidized, even for your family.

    Cons

    No autonomy. Korean style management - do as you are told. Not allowed to perform outside the box.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more autonomy to employees to help retention. Autonomy, pride in the work we do and self worth is more important to employees than pay and benefits. But, keep the pay and benefits where they are - it helps :)


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Current Conditions"

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    Current Employee - Etch Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Etch Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Benefits are very hard to beat but it comes at a price.

    Cons

    Awful Management: Engineers are forced into management positions when they shouldn't be. Directors then force these new supervisors to work for them and not their employee, they become Assistants to the Directors rather then mentors to their employees.

    Etch Management Requires that you be out of the Fab no more then 90 minutes during a 12 hour shift, this includes going to the restroom, lunch, and breaks.

    Management implements more restrictions upon nonexempt employees to fix issues rather then looking at the source of the issues (it comes from the top).

    New supervisors have high hopes of making changes but are quickly brought back down to earth when they realize they have no power.

    Advice to Management

    SAS teaches management classes daily yet these practices taught in the classrooms are not implemented into daily use. Develop trust with your employees and support them. SAS places their employees into the same matrix that they place their Tools into and expect them to run the same not caring to understand human factors.

    SAS seems to want to run like a poor mans Google and they try to have activities and events for employees but if you are hourly you are not allowed to participate. There is a huge disconnect between hourly and salary employees which seems to be instilled from the very beginning of the Corp classes. Management looks down upon hourly employees, respect is not earned at SAS it is expected and they dont understand why this doesn't work.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, lots of work, good benefits, and great pay.

    Cons

    No communication that is reliable and there is no work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Better work life balance

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer II"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Qualified colleagues, manageable work hours, decent cafeteria, salary is market rate, the onboarding and additional training is satisfactory. Will also send you to training for career certifications.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and steps for getting anything done. Proprietary email and approval process is a huge pain trying to get used to if you're used to using anything else.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive management, but very HQ driven."

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good
    Empowered by management - they understand most of the challenges we deal with and give us the ability to overcome to the extent of their roles
    Really good coworkers - most employees are very intelligent and are good team players

    Cons

    Very HQ driven - sometimes there are initiatives from HQ that make no sense and the managers cannot (or do not) stop them. Often this is due to the language barrier.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Engineering Technician 2 Shift Lead"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is okay, but it's the benefits that shine. Medical, dental, and vision are excellent and affordable. The work involves some of the most state of the art equipment in the industry, to the point of some of them feeling like prototypes instead of production.

    Cons

    There is the lack of upward mobility particularly amount technicians. The feeling is were replaceable and only the engineers and what HQ in Korea says matter.

    My biggest issue is with a title used by several departments called Shift Lead. This position is a promotion in name only. Officially it doesnt exist. No added pay, no extra perks, just the added headache of having to constantly provide status updates and answer for every decision made by your shift and, if your on day shift, the night shift as well by management and engineers.

    I have been a shift lead for 2 years. I have a Senior technician working "under" me and have had to switch shifts twice to train other senior technicians, yet I remain a tech 2.

    I have worked for Samsung Austin for 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Officially recognize the shift lead position or get rid of it.