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Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Decent benefits - All bonuses are in cash - I found the work life balance manageable (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, smart colleagues, Silicon Valley management is good (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Labs report to HQ in Korea, but most employees don't understand what HQ wants (in 11 reviews)

  • work life balance and hq management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, great people to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time

    Pros

    Challenging tasks
    Autonomous working environment
    Relaxed workplace with beautiful campus

    Cons

    Bureaucratic management decision processes
    The cafeteria should be free!

    Advice to Management

    Look to promote sooner, or you'll miss out on quality candidates who leave


  2. "Good benefits"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Has good medical benefits
    Good 401k match rate
    Nice office building
    Mostly Surrounded by talented engineers
    Good salary rate compared to competitors

    Cons

    Too conservative
    Work and personal time balance is bit hard
    Little bit of office politics
    Some managers have Korean mindset and work culture

  3. "Diverse innovative community"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with top tier professionals from diverse fields makes the daily work always challenging to learn a new thing each day

    Cons

    Its a research center relying on funding from the big Samsung. Less flexibility to do super new innovative study

    Advice to Management

    Making a distinguished culture in the valley is not easy but ought to do!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Humble "start-up" mindset within a successful global company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - The people are really great to work with! They are smart, thoughtful, hardworking and they want to contribute to the mission in a meaningful way.
    - It's a "start-up" like culture. This allows people to work in various capacities and to create the opportunities.

    Cons

    - Lacking some of the progressive programs in comparison to other Silicon Valley companies


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not the best place for a software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer I in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer I in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits. Work-life balance. Not too stressful. Reasonable expectations. Job security. Opportunity to work on projects that reach millions of users.

    Cons

    Lack of vision. Working with HQ (in Korea) is more than challenging. HQ reshapes all planning yearly. Most software products only competitive because they are bundled with hardware.

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision and don't let HQ hijack it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Professional, Business Development"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principla Professional in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principla Professional in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work place environment. Illustrious coworkers. Competitive salaries and benefits. Get to know broad scope of technologies from systems, devices down to materials. Learn how to get things done, a strong point for Samsung.

    Cons

    Stock options are not available.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

    Wonderful work environment and wide range of product and service

    Cons

    performance driven, small gym and not attractive meals

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    always work on new ideas and consistent being innovative

    Cons

    like all other big companies, there will be internal issues


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Food, location, that is really

    Cons

    I disagree with some of reviews that mentioned this is a good place only for new grads. If you are on OPT/H1 visa and have other offers avoid this place, their constant sudden lay-offs will danger your immigration status. If you are hired to work on a research team the chance is even higher that you get laid-off in less than a year simply because HQ do not like your manager or they want to steal the project.
    This is not a merit based company, your promotion and staying power depends on how much you pleased your Korean counterpart in the Asian way.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Locally fine"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart colleagues, Silicon Valley management is good.

    Cons

    Deadling with HQ in South Korea is trying and difficult. Way too much time spend on internal politics. Poor understanding of US work culture. Utterly useless evaluations.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out if you wanna be korean company or not and communicate that to employees.


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