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Samsung C&T America Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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  1. "Culture problem"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung C&T America full-time

    Pros

    Well known brand which is good to put on your resume

    Cons

    No growth potential, culture problem

    Advice to Management

    Replace expatriates with locals on senior mgmt. position as many as possible.


  2. "One of the worst companies I've worked for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung C&T America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lunch benefits - Pays only 20% of lunch.
    Birthday - Celebrates as a group / Gift Cards.
    Clean and good environment.

    Cons

    50% of the Employees working for this company are not outside sponsored.
    You're not considered as a Samsung employee; treats you differently.
    Extremely Koreanized - Culture, Language & Beneficial.

    Advice to Management

    We know Samsung is a Korean company, change your attitudes.

  3. "Assistant manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung C&T America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very supportive, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Very different business culture. Too many routine managers from Korea.

    Advice to Management

    Have fun, listen to co worker, calm down, work smart, plan


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Slow growth, Demanding work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung C&T America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company offers pretty nice benefits. Growth is very slow and hard to advance unless you excel above and beyond.

    Cons

    The company while strives for globalization of workforce, it tends to heavily rely on Korean Americans in the office. The works tends to be put a lot more on Korean speaking workforce than others by far.
    The company has recently gone through so much changes including budget cut and workforce downsizing and it has started to strain those remaining and cause stress and exhaustion of working lots of overtime.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to do something then please follow up to it.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, worked wGreat benefits, worked with some really good people a lot of potentialith some really good people a lot of potential

    Cons

    Koreans are very distant to non-Koreans. Korean management while being very capable in Korean style business practices are out of their element internationally.

    2 tiers of employees, Korean and everyone else. No room for advancement. Koreans see non- Koreans as lazy, Non-Koreans see Koreans as needing to re-event the wheel everyday (Ground Hogs Day, everyday)

    Life gives you lessons and opportunities, Samsung was a definite lesson.

    New CEO bragged he worked for Jack Welch was going to make things happened. For that to happen he would have had to change the whole company culture….Never going to happen.

    Advice to Management

    To late, Office closed down


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Logistics coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy job and comfortable atmosphere.
    No micromanagement
    9-5 with 1 hour lunch
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Not for the passionate ones - most of the work here is more of data entry than doing projects and making accomplishments. Higher up positions are filled by rotational staff from Korea.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Straight up discrimination"

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    Former Employee - Pattern Maker in Bell Gardens, CA
    Former Employee - Pattern Maker in Bell Gardens, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung C&T America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of money to spend on salaried employee and great subsidized benefits and perks

    Cons

    Who is not Korean or any sort of management is dumped on to an agency to be paid and regulated

    Advice to Management

    Do not treat people like they are your property

  8. Helpful (5)

    "better luck elsewhere..."

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung C&T America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - good health coverage
    - everyone in the office is friendly and fun to work with
    - good work/life balance
    - convenient location
    - job security

    Cons

    - pay is mediocre at best
    - very political
    - it's like you're working in a different country
    - upper managers do not seem to care if you're a non-korean and will converse completely in their language with no regard for politeness or etiquette of any kind
    - if you're a non-korean, you practically don't exist; just a fly on the wall
    - the highest position in each department is held by a rotational staff from HQ giving you no real opportunity for advancement and oh, that rotational staff has absolutely no knowledge or experience in said field... he (yes, it's always a he) floats in from HQ for approximately 5 years and then floats out, paving the way for your next floater
    - trying to get anything done in this place is a joke because there's so much bureaucratic red tape and hoops to jump through: manual approval processes followed by electronic approval processes; the many, many protocols they've put in place in order to prevent embezzling (which has happened in the past) more so hinders than helps the business
    - your CEO of the moment (because you get a new one every 1 or 2 years), tries too hard to be likeable that he goes around sexually and racially discriminating everyone for a cheap laugh
    - this company does not care about its employees
    - i've seen long time interns/temps getting passed up for full-time positions but they continue to work the full-time hours
    - i've seen hardworking non-koreans getting passed up for promotions while their korean counterparts get promoted

    Advice to Management

    - promote within
    - promote based on merit, not favoritism
    - if you want to reduce expenses, maybe limit your upper managers on their monthly expenses instead of letting them use the company money like their personal piggy bank


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to gain experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Ridgefield Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate in Ridgefield Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung C&T America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Helpful peers to guide you

    Cons

    Management not too understanding at times due to cultural differences

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities for current employees to change departments


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Trading Company Mentality Usurps Customer Confidence - Commerce, CA Office"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Samsung C&T America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Perhaps being able to put the globally-recognized name of Samsung on a resume, even though the words and ideas of "Construction & Trading America" seem to negate that benefit.

    Cons

    Since the Korean management team decided to "take over" an already established highly successful business, they have proceeded to alienate customers and destroy confidence with their management protocol roadblocks, communications barriers, and a lack of understanding in US-style relationship business as a model for success.

    Advice to Management

    Due to the rotational nature of the management staff, you may want to consider not treating extremely talented non-Korean professionals as disposable, unnecessary, and targets for discriminatory remarks often chalked up to "language translation issues." Review the large number of business areas you have undertaken that have folded/failed within the 2 year mark and ask yourself why...


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