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Updated October 17, 2017
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Samsung Electronics CEO & Vice-Chairman Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon
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  • A bit hard to maintain work life balance (in 323 reviews)

  • No work-life balance with endless deadlines (in 101 reviews)

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  1. "Under pressure, but very dynamic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Electronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will have dynamics experience regarding work and culture. And you'll learn how to achieve target and goals.

    Cons

    A bit hierarchical and under pressure for many occasions, so I would say it's hard-working culture.

    Advice to Management

    Samsung needs global culture for management, not just global products.


  2. "Fast moving, incredible products"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Electronics (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with great products to market and sell; a lot of experienced marketing and sales people

    Cons

    Politics, it's a big organisation

  3. "Like a dungeon"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice lunch, green space around the office

    Cons

    The worst desk i have ever had in my life: very dark corner with no natural light and facing a white wall. I cry every single day and i can't change as that's where the Korean boss sat me. The worst job ever! Please get me out!

    Advice to Management

    Why do you not care about your employees?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great brand,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big brand.
    Good salary and benefit.
    One of the best tech giant that strive for innovation.
    Ironically, there's so much wrong within the Company that there's far too much room for improvement.

    Cons

    In general terrible top management.
    Too hierarchical, no room for confrontation, practically almost a military career.
    Not enough care for actual end customers.
    Either you are Korean or you count less than zero in the relevant decision making processes.
    Bullish and not interested in understanding business dynamics outside of South Korea or US.
    Central European and UK offices are located in the middle of nowhere in the Countryside in Surrey, why would a smart young talent go all the way to Surrey when there's London full of opportunities????


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Lead"

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    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Staines, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package and cheap on site meals.

    Cons

    - Salary is much lower than what the industry offers
    - Poor management, they simply do not care for giving objectives or explaining the impact of work being done. Things are simply threw at you from Korea and deadlines are usually rushed
    - A lot of language barrier, most managers are Koreans and the important documents are all in Korean. If you don't speak Korean, you don't get included in important meetings, or you simply receive important documents that you cannot understand
    - Some of the staff are unprofessional, rude and have poor attitude towards new colleagues, making newcomers feeling unwelcome
    - Management simply does not step in when issues arise or problems are reported, but micro-manage unimportant tasks
    - Extreme amounts of red tape, things will take a long time to get done

    Advice to Management

    - Make sure you give your employees time and the tools they need to get their job done
    - Get rid of bad people in the company


  6. "review title"

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    Former Contractor - Designer in Weybridge, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Designer in Weybridge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Electronics as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    leading technology company with great brand values

    Cons

    often find working till late hours


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Opportunities, Frustrating Day to Day"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, great opportunities to work with world class brands. The Samsung name opens up many doors, which is great for sales and partnerships roles.

    Cons

    stifling and hierarchical, with little autonomy for regional and country level offices. So much job duplication its hard to feel you're making a real impact.

    Advice to Management

    give more power to local offices and empower star employees

  8. "not good"

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    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics full-time

    Pros

    there are no prosthere are no there are no pros

    Cons

    not a good place to work


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Frustrating if you like anything you work on to actually launch"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, plus you will get to work with some very smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Culture is absolutely hierarchical throughout all levels of the business.

    Korean management hire very senior Western leaders and then do not give any subsequent degree of autonomy or leverage to them, leading to very obvious frustration and demotivation which filters down to staff at lower levels of the organisation. This breeds an extremely negative working environment where individuals will quite openly criticise the company.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the experience of staff that you hire into individual functions - and consider whether the culture you have will suit certain people you interview before bringing them into the business. Realise that by increasing motivation you will also increase productivity.


  10. "Intense and unstructured but great to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast moving, testing new approaches in marketing and sales, working with the best products in the world. Very ambitious targets across the business.

    Cons

    Korean management is famous for being harsh and short-term driven. Constant change of direction on strategic matters.

    Advice to Management

    Improve people's management


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