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Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated January 10, 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. "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

  3. "Challenging place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time

    Pros

    great working environment, smart people to work with and fast pace

    Cons

    should hire people with less complaints, more hands-on work

    Samsung Research America Response

    Jan 7, 2019 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Hello and thank you for taking the time to review us! As you mentioned, our working environment and smart employees are some of the things that make SRA a great place to work. We welcome and... More


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (6)

    "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


  6. "Good place to work and learn about new technologies"

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    Current Employee - Staff En in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Staff En 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

    Good work-life balance.
    Creative work environment.
    New technologies to work upon.

    Cons

    No shares so compensation wise other competitor may beat Samsung.

    Advice to Management

    Give more bonus to employees to compensate for no shares.

    Samsung Research America Response

    Oct 16, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Thank you for your review! Work-life balance is very important to us and we want to continue offering that to our employees. SRA is proud to be the premier research & development center for... More


  7. "Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and health/dental benefits, Dog-friendly campus, subsidized cafeteria

    Cons

    HQ-driven instruction and micro-management forces local management to have no option but also micro-managing.

    Advice to Management

    Wish the management work harder to delegate the employees with necessary and reasonable authorities & responsibilities that fits the role and stop micro-managing. No one will be able to build and grow the skills and knowledge in such environment, no matter how hard they work. Simply paying higher through a promotion with more volume of work do not create compatible workforce.

    Samsung Research America Response

    Oct 17, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Thank you for your feedback. We are always looking for ways to empower our employees and encourage managers to foster an environment where employees feel valued and have opportunities to build their... More

  8. "Highly recommended"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Samsung is a great company with open-minded culture, very good place to work!

    Cons

    Bunch of free fruits and beverages.

    Samsung Research America Response

    Oct 16, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Thank you for taking the time to review us! Our employees are what make SRA a great place to work. We welcome and appreciate your feedback. Please email us at HRFeedback@sisa.samsung.com if you have... More


  9. "SRA Rocks"

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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of awesome projects to work on this lab. Good work environment.

    Cons

    There is no stocks benefit to the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the monetary benefit to the employees since there are no stocks options. This might be the main reason why employee quit SRA and join some other company in the Bay Area.

    Samsung Research America Response

    Oct 16, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Hello and thank you for your review. We take your advice seriously and are always looking for ways to make SRA a great place to work. Please email us at HRFeedback@sisa.samsung.com if you have... More


  10. "Place where AI is growing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Architect in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Architect in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing team with lot of innovation and freedom to pursue the technology. Very dynamic culture and a lot of learning.

    Cons

    Work environment changes quickly as there are many projects to deal with

    Samsung Research America Response

    Oct 16, 2018 – Sr. manager HR Ops

    Hello there! Thank you for review. We are very happy to hear that you're enjoying working with us. Thank you for all your hard work! We always welcome feedback so please email us at... More