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Updated March 12, 2017
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  • Good salary and opportunity for career, Well systematic operation (in 151 reviews)

  • There is a good work-life balance at all levels of the organization (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Samsung Electronics UK"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Samsung Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Great salary for an intern, also gained access to the same benefits which normal members of staff received!

    Cons

    I personally had no issues working at Samsung electronics UK, and if I had the opportunity to re-join them I would.


  2. "Samsung chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Money and bens are very good but they'd need to be given the culture and location. Organised chaos would be polite

    Cons

    Culture (or lack of). They expect the world and work you to death but give no credit. HR a joke. Made to feel like it's a privilege to have a job at all.

    Advice to Management

    Sort it out. There is a massive arrogance and they need to actually make people feel valued and develop a culture otherwise it will implode


  3. "hard but worth it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    be prepared to work very hard

    team culture

    Cons

    bad process, slow change, poor commission

    Advice to Management

    Process improvement


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  5. "Samsung Cambridge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, staff highly valued, achievements recognised by management

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lot of pressure for engineers to travel to Korea where working hours are very long. These are rather exceptional circumstances though and most of the time work hours are reasonable and very flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, keep innovating


  6. "Good for married woman"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Electronics full-time

    Pros

    High Salary and physical environment for working is good

    Cons

    Very conservative and typical Korean company

    Advice to Management

    If you are married woman, the place would be the paradise.


  7. "Salary"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    professional
    lots of benefits
    good cpd
    free laptop
    company car

    Cons

    hard work
    too technical
    small office
    long hours
    pressure driven

    Advice to Management

    treat everyone equally


  8. "Great Opportunity to Get Things Done"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent canteen (£2 for 3 course meal, Western or Korean)
    Location (surrounded by quiet parkland). ALSO A CON
    Office environment and equipment. Open floors, hot desks when required, all equipment you would expect.
    Very relaxed working environment and hours. Other reviews say there is a lot of extra hours required but I don't see it. It depends on your definition of " lots". Working a few extra hours once or twice a month is not lots and nothing compared to other Central London based companies where nearly everyone is expected to work late every night. Overall impression is that most people work 9-5 (or 8-4).
    If you are the type of person who wants to work somewhere where you can change and improve things this is a great place to get things done if you are willing to take the responsibility.

    Cons

    Location. Set in the outskirts of Chertsey you will need to drive or be happy for a potentially long commute. Company runs a shuttle bus to Weybridge with the last one leaving at 18:10 which means you have to leave the office at that time (also a pro!) otherwise you are stuck in the middle of nowhere.
    Complete lack of staff post-work socialising. Teams have regular orgainsed nights out but the location prevents any concept of "going for a pint" after work because most people drive home and the nearest pub is miles away.
    Politics. Other reviews also refer to this. I also have a different opinion on this to the other reviews. The politics that exist take the form of local British employees and managers working against each other and attempting to find ways to circumvent the Korean expats and senior leadership. I don't understand why this happens. If the senior leadership tell you to do something just go and do it. Don't waste your time causing problems. Fortunately those who do work on the basis of British vs Korean are not particularly adept at it and the politics that do exist can only be described as amateur.
    Some systems are outdated and complex and are difficult to change as they are centrally controlled across all countries by Korean headquarters. My advice is just live with it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Much negative noise is made about the continuous change and sudden directives from HQ. It is your job as managers to create a working environment where unexpected problems can be dealt with by building in contingency to allow the time to first put plans in place on how to deal with these issues when they occur, and then when they do occur you have the time, the systems and experienced individuals to manage them.
    Get rid of dead wood at all levels of the company and adopt a method of working which brings teams and processes closer to each other rather than the existing structure allowing individual managers to run their own fiefdom without any concern for others.
    Accept that certain areas of the company are hugely inefficient and need to be dragged into the 21st century. E.g. HR.
    This is a very calm and relaxed company which has a lot of people coasting through their day and that could probably do with a kick up the backside. They wouldn't survive in a company that could truly be described as hectic or manic. Samsung is not hectic or manic, just poorly organised in some areas.


  9. "Great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GUI Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - GUI Designer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were the best or top of the field. Some ambitious some not.

    Cons

    Old company, change is slow


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good salary
    - Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    - Churn rate is fairly high


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Hierarchical Nightmare"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent, modern office spaces. Reasonable perks and a great name to have on the CV. Some brilliant and very driven people can be found in spots.

    Cons

    The Korean business culture dominates all.

    Decisions making happens at a high level by senior leaders without them consulting or asking for the opinions of their colleagues who are below them in the pyramid but understand challenges in far more detail.

    As all the senior leaders are Korean, local teams at each subsidiary have minimal control over anything. Working here makes you feel like a small cog in a large wheel to drive someone's promotion and pay rise in Seoul.

    This must also be one of the worst places to work as a woman. No female role models in senior grades at all and I heard outright sexist remarks by colleagues on several occassions.

    Advice to Management

    Work to overhaul the business culture completely. You have a great opportunity to combine the strengths of both east asian and western working culture. This would make Samsung a much better place to work and no doubt improve performance.



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