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Samsung Semiconductor Reviews

Updated January 7, 2019
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Samsung Semiconductor President and CEO Dr. Kinam Kim
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Pros
  • "free lunch, nice building and good benefits" (in 30 reviews)

  • "Good working environment, nice people, and cutting-edge technology development environment" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance: some people feel working too much" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Poor work life balance at senior level" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Compensation is higher than area average
    - Good work/life balance
    - High visibility and good brand name
    - Stable company

    Cons

    - Far away from the headquarters

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Samsung"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Samsung offers generous benefits and amenities. The San Jose campus is beautiful. Relationships establish quickly in the fast paced environment. Coworkers quickly become good friends.

    Cons

    Systems and processes are challenging creating frustration in completing basic functions. Working from home is difficult from both a management philosophy and systems capability perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt new systems and processes and increase resources to alleviate workload intensity.

  3. "Good place of innovation"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to both product development and advanced research. Appreciation to technology development by upper management.

    Cons

    Collaboration is somewhat limited to Korea R&D counterpart

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of global R&D scale & talents


  4. "Samsung 5 years"

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Architect in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment ( facilities,etc.)
    good benefit and compensation.

    Cons

    Little to almost no opportunity to advance career.
    No equal opportunity employer.

    Advice to Management

    Career advancement opportunities to those who are not directly visible to management to HQ.
    Opportunity to share employee's experience at Samsung directly with senior management.


  5. "Good 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    modern, up-to-date and fun

    Cons

    not everyone knows each other, typical of a large company

    Advice to Management

    Get out there and brand just how innovative Samsung is


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Great building and amenities (gym and cafeteria)
    Great people to work with (mostly)

    Cons

    Horribly out-of-date and unstandardized system heavily relies on empirical knowledge


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A bizzare and odd company to work"

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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 Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    The gym is great and the trainers working at the gym are fantastic.
    Free lunch at their cafeteria and the food is decent

    Cons

    All the strategic direction and decisions come from the Korean headquarters; and unless you are Korean, you are treated like a second-class citizen and your ideas and contributions are not be valued. There is very little transparency and sharing of information within the company. They have no idea how to “collaborate” or “innovate”. Majority of senior executives are from Korea and they are quite rude, disrespectful and raise their voices. HR is unable to shift the culture of the company so that a company that has offices and presence in the US adheres to US values and professionalism in the workplace. Women especially are treated badly as Koreans are quite chauvinistic and expect everyone to bow to them - literally. Despite its new building in San Jose, Samsung is a rotten company!

    Advice to Management

    You are not operating in Korea. Need to adapt and adhere to the US work ethics and professional practices.

  8. "Lead ASIC engineer"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Good corporate benefits. Very frequent company hosted technology seminars and workshops for technical knowledge updates.

    Cons

    Very dynamic project scheduling changes


  9. "Satisfied"

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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

    Excellent benefit and the best cafeteria

    Cons

    You might need some effort to understand the company culture, rooted in Korea


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good perks, stable job, management can be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Amazing perks, free lunch, lots of team events, cool campus, very good benefits

    Cons

    Communication gap between HQ and america, management expectation is all over the place and seems very unorganized, only thing that matters is to get the work done, in any which way possible leading to a lot of disorganized/inefficient and sub par work quality.