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Samsung Electronics Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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  1. "An exciting and satisfying place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics (More than a year)

    Pros

    The technology that I work on directly impacts millions of people. Good exposure in related technologies. Start-up like work environment, fast and agile.

    Cons

    Engineering is strongly driven by market and product requirement. Research is sometimes sometimes hampered due to lack of time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lead"

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer and Senior Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer and Senior Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Samsung Electronics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great food, lot of good work

    Cons

    No work life balance, no good project management

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Military Style Management and Too much Politics"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Samsung is famous. You may have a chance to get free Android devices. Although their base salary is relatively low comparing to the main stream American companies, their compensation is not bad and their base salary is still higher than many Asian companies, such as Foxconn, Huawei, Supermicro, or ASUS etc.

    Cons

    The base salary is relatively low. The management and company culture are notorious bad. They exploit employee to contribute patent to company. It counts into your half-year assessment which is the reference for your bonus. As I have mentioned, their base salary is low, but their bonus may not be bad. Their the manager controls substantial portion of your yearly income, and that will serve a great leverage for the manager to exploit the employee.

    Another thing is that their company IT is notoriously poor. For example, my current American company outsources the IT architecture to professional IT service vendor (such as Citrix). When you got some trouble on your PC, all you need to do is to make a phone call to the help desk, and you quickly get a professional IT service to fix your computer. Nonetheless, in Samsung, fixing your own PC is a part of your skill in your work. You have to fix your own PC or you will be treated incompetence. The group which I worked for in Samsung does have a Korean IT guy. However, he acted like your boss. You have to beg him to fix your PC or your may have to wait for a long time, and you may not finish your job because of that. Your manager won't listen to your "excuse" saying that you could not finish your work on time because your PC has some issue. blah blah blah ...


  4. "Moving forward and pleasant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good Salary
    -Good work environment
    -Surrounded by smart people
    -Great company

    Cons

    -Lots of hours
    -Disorganized
    -Hectic at times
    -Need to have a better balance between work life and social life. Sometimes the hours are way too much and need to be taken down

    Advice to Management

    -Plan out jobs better


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are the best you can find out there (because you will need it after you are worked hard).

    You get to play with new toys before they are released.

    Many dedicated and great engineers to work with. Build up your network with great engineers for a while and leave when something better comes along.

    You will always hear "Money is not a problem at Samsung".

    Cons

    The problems are just in all other places.

    Poor planning, poor communication with HQ, poor work hours and work-life balance. Unclear expectations lead to a lot of rework and inefficiency. Inexperienced management that does not know how to properly plan a project. Massive reporting and micromanagement. Emergencies arise constantly that requires you to stay late for no good reason, e.g. create a demo for a visiting executive who just happens to be passing by to go somewhere else.

    To properly gauge work-life balance, check the parking lot after hours or on weekends. Unfortunately, the parking lot here is full of cars after hours and on weekends.

    Programmers are given only one monitor. Request for second monitor or more ergonomic workstation is always denied unless you get your doctor to declare you disabled.

    This place also takes advantage of foreign workers who cannot easily transition to other jobs. And discriminates against Americans.


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    "Not a healthy work place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Health benefit is good. Good bonus. Mostly not busy.

    Cons

    The culture is rotten from the root. From HQ, the very heirarchical culture gives little respect and room of freedom to lower level engineers. Being a remote office in San Jose, we did not get to experience the worst. But the local management here is super impowered over those ruled engineers. Power plays. Opaque.. Favoritism. Politics. Zero trust top down. It is very difficult to feel proud and willing to contribute when knowing that as an employee you are not really treated as part of the company. The best way to get company or organizational update is via Internet or grapevine. Several almost got their pays doubled over several years, while most hardly moved an inch. A few are very happy, most however are exploited. The company force installs spyware on employees computers. employees are not the esset of the company. There is some fundamental philosophical problems with the company and the local management.

    Advice to Management

    Think for the employees. But I know it is impossible for these exploitatiers.


  7. "It's getting better"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Suwŏn, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Among Korean big companies, it is most rational.

    Cons

    Rigid top down company culture

  8. "Experience at SRIB"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)

    I worked at Samsung Electronics (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good for innovation and exploring new technologies.

    Cons

    No WFH. Strict work deadline. No Work life balance.


  9. "Good salary but..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seoul (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary , Stability, Free meal, Flexible time, smart engineers, world wide product

    Cons

    Too political and too management centric environment. Engineers are smart but lacking of technical directors.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Probably one of the worst places to work in bangalore"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You won't get fired if you are from top engineering colleges. Even if you hardly contribute.

    Cons

    sub standard quality of work.
    I am a good programmer from one of the IITs, and most of the time I spend in Samsung, I didn't write a single line of code. Wasted time on working on a tool, for which you do not even need to be an engineer.
    Koreans are not good towards the indian employees and impose weird and strict rules.
    If you are a talented person, try to get out as soon as you can. If you are average/below average programmer, work hard and survive here.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not hire good developers when you don't have the quality of work to keep them interested.