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Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "Decent benefits - All bonuses are in cash - I found the work life balance manageable" (in 15 reviews)

  • "2: Decent salaries in cash and good benefits" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Labs report to HQ in Korea, but most employees don't understand what HQ wants" (in 12 reviews)

  • "work life balance and hq management" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Awesome workplace!"

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

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

    Pros

    New Management under Joon Lee at SRA is adopting culture of open innovation.
    Senior Management is very approachable.
    Talent people who are passionate can find multiple opportunities to showcase their skills and talent.

    Cons

    Dinners are not served.
    Lunches are subsidized (50%) but not free, like other big giants.

    Advice to Management

    Please adopt more and more of the work culture of Silicon Valley.

    Samsung Research America Response

    Sep 17, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Hello there! Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you're enjoying your time at SRA. As you have noticed, SRA is committed to adopting a culture of open innovation and our... More


  2. "highly Engaged Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great team, great products, things moving fast here, you just need to keep up

    Cons

    too many systems, too many login requests

  3. "Great place to make big impact while balancing life"

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

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

    Pros

    You have the potential to have larger impact, but not at the expense of your personal life. There is a strong feeling that SRA can guide the rest of the huge Samsung entity based on its connection with Silicon Valley and the talent employed here, and yet it's not a cut-throat stack-ranked environment where only those who live at the office will win.

    Cons

    Being part of a huge overseas-headquartered company is a challenge, and multiple layers of communication/executive buy-in is needed to move forward. But if you do get the go-ahead, a tremendous amount of resources/support are the reward for the extra effort.


  4. "Not bad over all"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance has been better
    401k match + other benefits
    Innovative/smart people to work with

    Cons

    Employees and the management don't have clear vision in long term road map


  5. "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is getting very good, opportunities for innovation

    Cons

    Direction is not clear at times

    Advice to Management

    Need effective execution and need to raise bar on accountability


  6. "Nice Workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    1. good working environment
    2. many talented people
    3. nice korean & asian food

    Cons

    Lunch is not free and benefits are not that good as other companies


  7. "Great Work Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Nice work environment, Dog friendly, Good Benefit, Nice colleagues, Global Impact, Challenging project

    Cons

    - Strong HQ, Big organization - lots of stakeholders

    Samsung Research America Response

    Feb 4, 2019 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Hello and thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you are enjoying your time at SRA. Our employees and perks are one of the things we are most proud of. Please know that we take your... More

  8. "Strategy Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment of goal and proceeding

    Cons

    A little Korean culture from top management

    Samsung Research America Response

    Dec 4, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Thank you for your review! It's great to see that you're happy working at SRA. We encourage you to email hrfeedback@sisa.samsung.com with comments and suggestions. Your feedback is welcome and... More


  9. "Good Starting point"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Large and stable company and good for developing organization navigation ability

    Cons

    Not so data driven and the skillset is not very trending

    Samsung Research America Response

    Dec 4, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We encourage you to email us your feedback and suggestions at hrfeedback@sisa.samsung.com. We appreciate your honest feedback and will continue to... More


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Disorganized and Siloed"

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

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. nuff said.

    Cons

    Software Development Pipeline is not defined. There is no standardization or best practices followed. IT security and process hinders agility and is poorly documented and practiced. Good technologist leave Samsung while the low performers fail UP.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize on tools and best practices. Bring your teams into the 21st century.
    Break down the walls between teams and push back on HQ as they are the main cause of a lot of the problems.

    Samsung Research America Response

    Oct 25, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Thank you for your feedback. Under our new leadership things have changed and our internal processes continue to be improved. Your feedback help us identify key areas that need more work. We'll be... More