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Samsung SDS Reviews

Updated February 17, 2019
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  • "Work life balance can be demanding" (in 17 reviews)

  • "no work- life balance hectic timings" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work"

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

    I worked at Samsung SDS full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic location where you can go anywhere in Seoul within 30 minutes by any public transportation. Nice and kind people to work with.

    Cons

    Could not find any downside to working there, but too much trivial works compared to other global IT firms.


  2. "Limited Opportunities Unless Native Korean"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The physical amenities of the campus are very nice. Lovely space, good cafeteria (though trending downward), good gym, plenty of nooks to work privately. Opportunities to travel domestically and to Korea.

    Colleagues are friendly. Work-life balance (compared to the other offices in Seoul) is good, but be prepared to drop your life/cancel your vacation/work for 48 hours straight if an executive comes to town at the last minute.

    The Samsung name opens a lot of doors and looks very good on the resume.

    Cons

    There are exceptionally limited opportunities to move up or succeed unless you are a native born Korea. It's unclear who has it worse, Korean Americans or non-Koreans in terms of being taken seriously, getting put on good projects, or even just your colleagues in Korea being willing to work with you. Pay for expensive areas to live like Silicon Valley and Seattle is very low.

    Annual reorganizations completely ruin any long-term planning for team. Extreme focus on P&L can make investment efforts that will pay off in a couple years but require initial work to gain traction are killed before they are given a chance.

    HQ is very opaque and it is hard for regional offices to understand strategy and direction for the year. Additionally, the Seoul Office has the final say in absolutely everything. If a product is developed in Samsung SDS America, HQ will take over the project/source code from the regional office. This leaves the individuals in the regional offices demotivated in their work. All initiatives must have a sponsor in the Korean office as well, even if it is a regional initiative. But if you're not from the Korean office (ie you have prior personal connections) you can't even find who is the right person to talk to about sponsoring.

    Advice to Management

    Let regional offices take initiative and function like the separate entity that they are.

    Make sure that pay is in line with local employee worth, and stop the pay disparity between Korean and non-Korean employees.

    Support both Korean AND non-Korean employees.

    Start looking beyond P&L for the year and begin planning for the medium to long term. It's important to balance near and long term goals.

    Start looking beyond the Samsung Group for customers for true growth potential.

  3. "Logistics Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung SDS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Great support from co-workers.

    Cons

    No real career opportunity if not speaking Korean


  4. "Network Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung SDS full-time

    Pros

    no intervention between department was helpful for work

    Cons

    bureaucratic culture was bothering you when you need to focus sth


  5. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung SDS full-time

    Pros

    Good career step, good insurance package, good pay

    Cons

    no work & life balance at all, expect to put 20 + hrs a week of overtime especially if your Korean in this company


  6. "Logistics coordinator"

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

    Pros

    Brand name, solid workplace, great coworkers

    Cons

    Begins with contract work, has to move upwards


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    "management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung SDS full-time

    Pros

    Many employees are getting paid with no work.

    Cons

    one way communication and no hands on work from executives

    Advice to Management

    Think Globally in terms of treating the overseas experienced professional

  8. "Great work oppertunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung SDS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get so much work experience from various fields.
    If you enjoy working, you can work as much as you want.
    Endless supply of work!

    Cons

    Not enough time for other life.
    Salary is not too great


  9. "billing specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung SDS full-time

    Pros

    They have a good insurance program

    Cons

    You need to OT frequently, but if you don't want you can manage the project with a manager

    Advice to Management

    They need to hire more people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Ridgefield, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Ridgefield, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung SDS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. Helathcare is all covered

    Cons

    work load is could be very long and gruesome.