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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay is good and bonuses are consistent (in 33 reviews)

  • Samsung is a great company with good pay and benefits (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is not very good (in 64 reviews)

  • night shift causes health issues, long hours, some politics (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Ramping-up Production while Ramping-down Morale"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security is great, even for under performing employees that have learned how to game the HR policies.

    Cons

    Some of the worst managers I have ever encountered at any company I have worked for or even heard about second-hand. A lot of them are great people who are just simply not management material, but were forced into their position through attrition. Sadly, taking a few CBTs and instructor-led classes does not transform someone into a manager, yet that's kind of how we operate. There is also a bi-modal Korean management structure that basically causes confusion, misdirection, and to some degree a good amount of favoritism if you happen to speak Korean.

    Advice to Management

    A good portion of engineers at the company are tired of the nonsense and mismanagement of their time. Quit treating everyone like they are immediately replaceable unless you want a workforce that is only coming through the doors everyday for a paycheck and not to make the company sucessful. In some departments, it's already reaching a tipping point where you don't have the luxury of just replacing people who are leaving with new hires because you kind of need experienced engineers to train them. I think that last bit is a pretty big issue, but that's just my humble opinion.


  2. "Integration Engineering"

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    Former Employee - PIE Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - PIE Engineer in Austin, TX
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good money, so-so on work hours - was tending to become overbearing.

    Cons

    Training plan / training expectations was non-existent. No core basic management skills were visibly apparent.

    Advice to Management

    SAS is growing very fast - without a solid plan in place for new hires and current management, all I can foresee is constant fire fighting / finger pointing.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Engineer3"

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    Former Employee - Engineering III in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering III in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology is latest and greatest.

    Cons

    Worst company to work with. Very long hours, no work life balance , no work from home option even you have a sick kid while the work can be remotely done. Company has so much fear of technology and information leak. Korean managers have lunch together and not mingle much with other employees. Very hard for women with kids to work.

    Routine mundane work no new engineering ideas are encouraged.

    Managers have no idea of how long it takes to complete a job. Everything has to be done 10-15min and priorities change every few minutes with lot pressure to finish all the tasks.

    Will not recommend the company.

    Advice to Management

    Employ good managers and try respecting engineers and not treat them as daily workers.


  4. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Typical semiconductor fab/culture. Not a ban place to work if you end up with a good group.

    Cons

    Nights, can be quite demanding given the current status of the site


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Times they are a changing"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation, on site amenities, in ramp mode to increase production, hiring more people.

    Cons

    Running out of space quickly for new employees so having to share cubical or bullpen even high level people. New building is coming in august but all the new hires will be in by june. Managers need to respond to employee concerns and talk to them. Build trust.

    Advice to Management

    Managers learn to listen and work with employees. Stop the elitist attitudes of managers and principal or staff engineers.


  6. "Hard Work, Great Benefits"

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

    Benefits are great. Health Insurance, Salary, and Bonuses/Gifts are all a plus

    Cons

    Very poor work-life balance. Extremely fast-paced. Poor systems. Culture prohibits many things from happening unlike U.S based companies.


  7. "principle engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    very intensive work environment while a lot of learning opportunity, good for people who wants a more challenging environment, also great on it's benefit

    Cons

    work is not very efficient - inefficient meetings, partial Korean style way of management

    Advice to Management

    high level people should focus on management more instead of micromanagement

  8. "Equipment Engineer 1 (CORP)"

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

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

    Pros

    Good entry level job
    Great benefits
    Competitive pay
    Good people

    Cons

    Being the little sister to Korea makes any real engineering solution a challenge
    Chance of shift work
    Raises and promotions done mostly on time basis not performance
    Not many transferable skills were learned since Samsung uses systems created "in house"


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Review of the company. They pay well, however their engineering practices are not as scientific."

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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

    They make money, and pay well. However, their culture can be pretty negative in some groups. If you find yourself struggling to keep a positive outlook in your group, there is an internal system for changing departments.

    Cons

    Some aspects of the company need to change. Such as the culture, which can be pretty negative.


  10. "Good place to retire"

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, great PTO time, fast-paced

    Cons

    Not much of employee recognition.
    Not much engineering. Most of the time, you contact other vendors to solve issues.


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