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Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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Samsung Research America President Yongje (YJ) Kim
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Pros
  • Good benefits, smart colleagues, Silicon Valley management is good (in 18 reviews)

  • At the time I was there they were loyal, reasonable about work/life balance and the benefits were Best in Class (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Too much interference from HQ in Korea (in 10 reviews)

  • work / Life balance is pretty good in general, but sometimes, it can get pretty busy (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "IP Manager"

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

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a person who is involving the IP matters, anybody could get the best opportunity to learn all about the IP matters because SRA has been developing the cutting-edge technologies like VR, AR or AI so that it definitely could provide the environments to experience all IP matters from prosecution to legal claim or litigation incurred in U.S. I really have been satisfying with my carriers in SRA.

    Cons

    There is no Cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Samsung is a company ready to take on tough challenges and risks. It's not what you would think of a stereotypical Asian company. It's bold and speedy, and it rewards the bold.

    Cons

    There is a lot of splash-over from the Korea side, and there is definitely a learning curve to be able to communicate and understand the HQ side. Corporate policy and direction isn't as monolithic as those of the Jobs-o-cracy denomination would probably prefer. If you think Apple is just perfect, then this is not Apple.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to get US and Korean sides to understand each other at a motivation and thinking level. 95%+ of the people don't get it.


  3. "review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pretty nice and friendly environment

    Cons

    not found so far yet


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    "Smart people + focused research"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, perks, challenging work

    Cons

    Better management direction. Much of the research effort can be a little product-driven but much more focus can be directed at foundational, forward-thinking research.


  6. "Fabulous HR team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of team members I have ever interacted with. My HRBP truly cares!

    Cons

    Policies can be difficult at times, which can delay processes


  7. "Having a great time creating things the world has never seen."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fair performance evaluation. Sought after innovation. Best performance gets rewarded. Great health insurance plan. Decent 401k plan. Decent perks compared to other Silicon Valley companies.

    Cons

    No RSUs. No free food.

    Advice to Management

    More innovation. Less process. More perks!


  8. "Excellent leadership team, innovation, research, what else can one ask for"

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    Current Employee - Technical Project/Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Project/Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Advanced Software Platform Lab has an excellent leadership team and provides a great place for cutting edge research. interesting problems, talented team, and worthwhile research directions.

    Cons

    Some difficulties with culture but things are changing rapidly,

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, looks far into the future, stay positive.


  9. "Very good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and working environment

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours could be hectic

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    There is a good work culture. There are frequent happy hours and the work is intensive. People are smart and there is constant help whenever needed.

    Cons

    I had a few late nights due to work. But good experience.


  11. "One of the Best Experience !!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked in one of the labs in New York. One of the best team i worked with in my career.

    Cons

    HQ interference is annoying sometimes. Also project got cancelled and people got laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to let go good engineers they are hard to come by.


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