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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated July 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "Pay is good, benefits are great, bonuses are significant and frequent (5-6x yearly)" (in 38 reviews)

  • "Great Benefits, decent quarterly and annual bonus compensation" (in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • "work-life balance is not very good" (in 67 reviews)

  • "long hours, high stress, not much else to say here" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "q"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    fun work environment. i am happy here

    Cons

    low pay, no holiday, bad management


  2. ""CORP" Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    - The best benefits I've heard of for a job out of college (4 weeks PTO, great Health and 401k)
    - Stable Industry
    - Lots of onsite amenities (two gyms, cafeteria, etc.)

    Cons

    - Very huge tribal work culture issue, different groups don't communicate with each other which can just lead to a host of frustrating issues, it stems from a metric based performance evaluation system many departments use
     - Not a lot of opportunity for career advancement, every department is allocated only so many higher spots, so depending on which department you're hired into, you may have a hard ceiling on how far you go.
    - The entire fab is baseline'd off the main fab in Korea, so often you're limited or your opinions are treated as second rate if Korea has not implemented them yet
    - Work culture is very "stressed"

    Advice to Management

    Take sometime to get people across different teams and departments to actually work together and avoid metric based evaluations that ultimately create antagonistic relationships.

  3. "SAMSUNG"

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

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

    Pros

    Quarterly Pay Out to full time employees lunch card with money on it every month night shift differential

    Cons

    Management dose not care about employees only wafers a bad senes of entitlement from older employees in there last years of working in any industry the older techs do not want to train new techs plain and simple and management doesn’t make them to many older guys at Samsung that are stuck in bad habits and old traditions if you get what I mean

    Advice to Management

    Start training your new technicians get these older guy off the floor bring in some new blood because the new technicians are the future of the company and need to be trained properly


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Industrial Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Given lots of responsibility for being early in career. Chance to work in state of the art fully automated 300mm manufacturing facility. Lots of other young engineers.

    Cons

    Asian management style is to create a crisis and drive projects based on that. Constant top down pressure to go faster. Very little opportunity to be creative, more focus on "Copy exact" whatever Korea is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Better work life balance. Improve bonus compensation program.


  5. "Good Benefits, Different Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Room for growth, good healthcare, good perks (cafeteria, gym, soccer field, basketball courts)

    Cons

    Tough Korean culture, can be too faced paced for some


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    -SAS is profitable, the Foundry division is profitable, all is well this year.
    -SAS is stable, with a competitive, but aging, lead manufacturing node (14nm) and a diverse customer base.
    -SAS hires good people, and keeps them for at least 2 years.
    -Pay is good, benefits are great, bonuses are significant and frequent (5-6x yearly).
    Comments
    -Expats control key decisions.
    -The focus is on operations. The true north that limits the chaos.
    -For most employees, the focus is on just quietly doing as good a job at their job as possible and going home.

    Cons

    -Most jobs are uninspiring, frequently strenuously and monotonous, and filled with a barrage of harassments
    -Most departments are structured to be in constant, low-level conflict with other departments.
    -Middle-management has uncaring regard for individuals’ overwork, and do not reallocate resources or reduce workloads
    -Management by ends is widespread, but means to reach those ends are not provided.
    -Unforgiving work environment that promotes hiding mistakes
    -Socially chilly, stressful work environment filled with mostly unnecessary conflicts

    Advice to Management

    Samsung culture tries to motivate with conflict and overwork, which may be suitable for manufacturing (or not). A different culture is needed for engineers and other knowledge workers, because, I believe, conflict and overwork cause excursions, sap innovation, and reduce the effectiveness of engineers. Potential lions are reduced to kittens by this culture.


  7. "Shift Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Challenging workspace with lots opportunities for growth for if willing to put in the time and energy.
    - Culturally diverse environment with many amazing and talented people.

    Cons

    - Difficult environment with weak values in employee practices.

  8. "process tech 2"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    shift schedule, you have 3/4 days off

    Cons

    work politics, a lot of stress


  9. "Great workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything from experience to workplace and great opportunity.

    Cons

    nothing right now but maybe in the future

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great onsite amenities - there are two gyms (with saunas), a basketball/tennis court, a walking/running trail, and a full soccer field. Health insurance is great. Bonuses are appreciated and wonderful.

    Cons

    Parking during the day.
    If you do not have a strong work ethic, have a sense of entitlement, or your mama/daddy did everything for you and you don't feel up for getting your hands dirty, go to a snowflake company. You are not good enough to work for Samsung.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do AND build a parking garage.


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