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Samsung Semiconductor Reviews

Updated November 4, 2017
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  • work life balance is questionable (in 18 reviews)

  • Limited career opportunities, poor work/Life Balance, language barrier (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Good atmosphere and lots of opportunities to get involved"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Company is headed in the right direction, great technology, good and dedicated employees. Everyone is committed to winning and making the company successful.

    Cons

    Navigating the corporate culture can be challenging at times, but if you have the right mentors and peer groups this can be overcome.


  2. "Excellent Employee Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The HR department bends over backwards to bring stress reducer activities to its employees. Monetary compensation package is good, benefits are on par with most companies in the Valley. The company truly does care about a work/life balance and for many of the departments they seem to be achieving it. However, if you are in a group that is always overworked obviously these attempts fall short.

    Cons

    Entire site is an open air environment to foster collaboration. This just doesn't work if you are coding or designing as there are too many distractions.

    Advice to Management

    Fight harder for permanent head count. Contractors are great for filling holes but having to retrain a new contractor every time a contract expires is not productive.

  3. "Good for Short Term Career Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, great campus and benefits. Great HR effort on events and social activities in general. Profitable business overall.

    Cons

    Restricted flow of information between teams, no clear direction and ad-hoc decisions in many cases.

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate more information exchange, ensure company direction and charter is known to every person


  4. "Product Marketing Analyst Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great working environment, and great benefit!

    Cons

    Need to have more focus on business analytics


  5. "Sr. Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good perks and health benefit

    Cons

    Top down culture. dispatchers with no team leading experience lead team of 10 ppl.

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure to dispatch a right person with right experience. Once dispatched allow some time to get settled instead of assigning a big team just because she/he is a dispatcher


  6. "Middle management"

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation package and excellent benefits plan. Without equity is a big minus so the company needs to be creative and come up other ways to make their package attractive. The campus is beautiful, new and with open floor plan....even the C level staff sit at work station like everyone else.. Other perks like free lunch, (food is tasty), arcade, massage chairs, nap pods, great gym with free classes and very affordable personal trainers. Colleagues are friendly and generally is an open, diverse and accepting environment. Samsung is now the most profitable tech company in the world, and also beat Intel to be #1 in the Semiconductor industry! It's a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Please recognize long working hours does not equal productivity - Make employees feel comfortable to work flexibly such as around the campus and not having to sit at their desks all the time. There are plenty of amenities on site, let employees use time in their day to use it and refresh their minds.

    Advice to Management

    Culture change starts at the top. Employees will only feel comfortable stepping away from their desk to take a mental break if they see you do the same.


  7. "great company & benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    environment will take some getting used to as it is all open. great food, amenities (gym, volleyball court, basketball court, bocce ball court, arcade, mini golf), and healthcare benefits

    Cons

    management sees walking around as non-productive time so you are expected to sit at your desk 24/7

    Advice to Management

    trust employees and do not make it seem like you are tracking when employees come in and go

  8. "Truly Grateful!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The leadership team, culture, and values.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.


  9. "Test Firmware"

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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 Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities are to learn, to enhance my career, and to see the future growth.

    Cons

    It is sometimes a little stress, but it helps the company grow faster and to be a leader of technologies such as nvme and SAS.

    Advice to Management

    Manager has helped a lot of chance to enhance my career and learn new technologies


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not an equal opportunity employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Fellow in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Fellow in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    C-level management have a good grasp of their various business units.
    State of the art campus.

    Cons

    Mid-level management exercises cultural bias such that it hires majorly their own race (ie: it's not an Equal Opportunity Employer).

    If you're not from within their same culture, you'd be discriminated and dis- respected, as if you're a second class citizen.

    Having worked with several S&P100 firms in the valley, I'd categorize my tenure at this firm and the team I'd work with as the worst experience in my career.

    Advice to Management

    Have a review of the racial percentage of employees from mid-level management down on all business units.

    Conduct an anonymous interview of all individual contributor's about how their respective teams are managed and respected.


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