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Updated January 19, 2018
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Samsung Electronics CEO & Vice-Chairman Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place for experience, but don't expect and real vertical momentum"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to grow experience with plenty of duties to fill. Everyone needs to be well-rounded, filling multiple roles, which tend to multiply over time. My job today is nothing like the job description when I was hired, which has led to an expanding portfolio to showcase of my design, video and multimedia works. My role keeps growing which is nice, since it tends to give better job security.
    Working in marketing is also nice with the many interesting and fun programs and sponsorships we do. It's definitely something good to put on the resume having worked for Samsung.

    Cons

    The opportunities for growth as far as promotion and actual recognition of increased duties has been next to nil. I have increased my duties ten fold since I started, yet make the same pay and have the same title when I started. Every time I add a new skill or service, it becomes part of my job requirements. Three years have passed and I am still considered 'contract', lacking any benefits. The frustration mounts when new hires are brought on as 'full time' from the start. Being expected to help them with deliverables to fulfill their annual bonus only adds to the sense of unfairness. Although I am appreciative for working here, too many things make me wonder if there are better opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Try to recognize that we can't run as a skeleton crew. Having more than one person with similar skills helps spread the work load and adds to creative collaboration. As it is, we tend to work in a creative vacuum, leading to inefficiency.


  2. "Samsung, Good people to work with but the Management needs work..."

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    Current Employee - Market Research Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Market Research Manager in Dallas, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is always a challenge, the people you work with are all good, competitent people who will work with you to get your day to day work done.

    Cons

    Leadership is conflicted between the North American and Korean executives and the political battles between different divisions in Korea and in North America often make it difficult to get anything done in a timely fashion.

    Advice to Management

    They need to settle their differences and concentrate on the task at hand rather than fight petty territorial battles to insure their own position within the company.

  3. "Samsung Electronics is good for novice engineers."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Suwŏn, Cheju (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Suwŏn, Cheju (South Korea)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience for novice engineers. If you recently graduated from University, then you have good opportunities to get the experience with real industry problems and challenges. Your area of expertise can grow quite fast and you can understand the basic principles about research management. The foreign employers are usually supported with housing, and the taxes in South Korea are reasonable. The Samsung is a famous brand, so usually, the experience in Samsung allows to find better job easier, and can be a good step to find a good position in different company.

    Cons

    Once you got your area of expertise, which is needed for your job (~1 year), the further knowledge growth is quite limited. It's hard to know the working environment because of language barriers. Lots of politics in relations (maybe the same for all big companies).

    Advice to Management

    Check the quality of the RnD work which is done more carefully. Quality should be tested and confirmed.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Expand industry knowledge/contacts, but slim chances of moving anywhere but lateral."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Bedford, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Bedford, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestige of working for a well-respected company and the opportunity to gain professional business contacts and industry knowledge.

    Cons

    Little upward mobility and opportunities to grow into and/or learn about other facets/departments of the company. Senior leadership could do a better job of recognizing good work, especially concerning lauding newer, younger, but exceptional, talent over tenured employees who have performed at meets expectations over time.

    Advice to Management

    Address the above issue - this would also improve employee moral and engagement.


  5. "A good place for a new graduate, but not a place for senior level engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Suwŏn, Cheju (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Suwŏn, Cheju (South Korea)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of applications to work for as a mechanical engineer. The workplace is very much dynamic, and there are many coworkers to learn from. Good food for employee.

    Cons

    The company requires too much hard work with little payment. Staff members are difficult to communicate, and they are like goverment employee. The project are selected and managed by the decision from the top executive members, resulting in a lot of sudden drop of project without any notices. Too much emphases on security make the employeee uncomfortable with entering and going out work places. Short term based evaluation system sometimes results in unfair evaluation.

    Advice to Management

    The workplace should be more flexible.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Don't do it"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay is the only reason - I will leave as soon as I'm able

    Cons

    American workers are merely puppets. The Koreans run the whole show and the dual management structure (One Korean and one American manager) is enough to drive one crazy. The direction is mainly from the immediate American manager but if a Korean manager says something you are expected to say "how high" when they say "jump." There is no communication between groups and no accountability. Promotions are for the most part given to "corp" engineers who are trained straight out of college in the "Samsung Way." One group now managed by a "corp" engineer has an incredibly high turnover rate and yet he is still manager. Diversity is getting better but promotions, hiring, etc. are still dominated by those of Korean origin.

    Advice to Management

    As one of the previous reviews said: get rid of the Americans and fill in with Koreans


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Advice for the humanity"

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    Current Employee - Manager @ Marketing in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Manager @ Marketing in Milan (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you are a Manager, the salary and benefits.
    If you are a lower employee, salary is extremely low, there contract are temporarely and there management put a "shield" between them and you. The only reason to jion Samsung if you are a young one is that ofter a couple of years, at every door where you will knock someone will open and will give you an interview. The brand is very powerfull but there man do not count inside the company.

    Cons

    Koreans want to put their mind and taste in Europe. But it cannot works.

    Advice to Management

    Open you mind. There something more than numbers.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Koreans Rule Samsung"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best reason by Far to work for Samsung.

    Cons

    Probably 85% of employees are outsourced - only upper management are permanent employees. Samsung also has VERY high turnover - people drop like flies there. Samsung is a Korean company - but the Koreans micromanage EVERY aspect of business-to the point it's counter-productive. Everything has to have approval from Koreans prior to coming to fruition - and Koreans will ask a million questions about why you are requesting whatever it is you want. Way too many hands in the pot. Also-Koreans don't like anyone who is not Korean or at the very least Asian. All upper-management is Korean.

    Advice to Management

    See above. Stop being so racist towards non-Koreans and pretending like you don't understand English when someone pushes back on you for questioning them. It's very frustrating.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good company if family life is important to you."

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Specialist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They are willing to train you for the job, even if you don't have the experience. It's a good work environment as all the colleagues are very helpful and friendly. They provided alot alot of chance for regional travels. There is opportunities to meet with all customers and suppliers. They provide good exposures as meeting face to face with suppliers and customers provide you with more knowledge and better understanding of the business. They also have rewards those staffs that they feel has performed well, by providing them with cash rewards but that is only decided by the Top management and only if they like you.

    Cons

    To work in Samsung, you'll have to bare with long working hours, and suffers indecisive manangements.
    All the decisions are made by the Top management. Local managements do not have the power to make even simple decisions. They expect all staffs to work long hours, without overtime compensation and deems it as standard in office not to leave on the dot. They do not praise staffs for work well done, but instead, will be asking for more to be done. This is not good for Employee's morale as they were not praised for the work they've done. They require you to sacrifice family time for company activities.

    Advice to Management

    The top management to give full authorities to local managements. They are paid to make decisions and plans, not to just follow what the managements says.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "STA= South Korea Takes America"

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

    Pros

    Lots of varied experience in a quick time frame.

    Cons

    The only place I've worked where you are rewarded for falling asleep at desk as indicative of how much effort you put in night before.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the Americans- we're here to help as it is our company too.


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