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Updated February 4, 2018
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Samsung Semiconductor CEO & Vice Chairman Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon
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  • work life balance is questionable (in 20 reviews)

  • Far from HQ, no work life balance, language may sometimes be an issue (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Good atmosphere and lots of opportunities to get involved"

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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

    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. "Great place and great Company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very skilled engineers. State-of-the-art projects, good collaboration across teams, good life-work balance. Definitively the best place I ever worked in.

    Cons

    Being a remote site makes sometime a little harder to access to all necessary information.

  3. "Better than expected"

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

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

    Pros

    I had a few reservations about joining Samsung a few years ago, from the work environment to culture. However, for the most part, that wasn’t what I experienced. I found that at the organizational level, SSI does care about its employees and tries to make it a good place to work, with nice amenities, a good salary and benefits.

    I think the actual work experience depends on the specific group you are in. From an engineering perspective, the groups vary widely: from product development to research. It seems that each team/group has a decent amount of freedom to execute as they see fit - typically driven by a VP down to the mangers. My experience has been positive with supportive and smart colleagues, and a reasonable manger. Having said that, there is politics and some amount of unnecessary oversight by HQ and SSI itself, but it’s not really worse than I’ve experienced elsewhere.

    Cons

    At organizational level, there’s not a lot of trust. Which leads to, “If Samsung doesn’t trust me, why should I trust them”. I think that has several potential consequences, such as higher turnover, lower productivity, and a lack of ownership.

    The lack of stock RSUs/options is unfortunate.

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees to do the right thing. I think “trust but verify” would go a long way toward employee engagement and initiative.


  4. "Place to Innovate"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is headed in the right direction and dedicated its employees. Lots of opportunity to learn, innovate and grow.

    Cons

    Procedural and Tree culture not sure if it is good or bad.


  5. "Samsung strategy and innovation center"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Groups mission is a very noble technical cause. Very dyanamic leader with high energy to change the world. Hires bright talent. Chance to work on the cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    Middle management abuse the organization a lot. Lot of people at middle management are treating the place as a retirement place. Not well aligned with mother ship due to which lot of uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Remove all the negative middle management


  6. "Excellent Employee Benefits"

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    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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "Middle management"

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    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.


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