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Samsung Semiconductor Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Beautiful new building, good benefits, great technology (in 23 reviews)

  • Good benefits and good working environment(New building) (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is questionable (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay and platform. great new building and benefits and being part of market leader.

    Cons

    too much politics within the Us teams. Fully controlled by the Korean teams that usually are disconnected from the market


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Sales Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good healthcare provider and benefit

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunity if you are not a Korean.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "A very political environment, avoid it!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great facility, decent compensation (cant compare with google or apple, but better than other semiconductor companies in the bay area.), some excellent engineers easy to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management team. No vision, no leadership, no people skills.

    The executives, directors and some managers are very political. They spend significant time to make the Korean side happy, but care little about their own employees. They dont like people asking questions, in their own words "just do the job, keep your head down"! Some executives are very bully, and dont expect appreciation or help, no matter how hard you work.

    The culture is very Korean. Many decisions are from the Korean dispatchers. (But to be fair, I did enjoy working with the Korean engineers).

    Morale is low, and attrition is high.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, you guys are the biggest problem. You're literally destroying a otherwise great company. My advice? Please stay in SSI, so you wont ruin others.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "About this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Samsung offers very good salary and compensations. That's the main reason you can think about working at Samsung.

    Cons

    Very political, Not like typical American Company. Very Limited personal growth you can achieve, no management


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Worst Company Culture Ever."

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

    Pros

    There are no Pros at all that I can think of. It's a terrible place.

    Cons

    If you would like to be yelled at, lied to, and treated poorly, please be my guest.


  7. Helpful (15)

    "The Samsung Way is not the ethical way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Household brand with image of growing company and goals to achieve greatness; impressive-looking new buildings, very low employee contribution to health benefits

    Cons

    The Samsung Way, quite simply, is to achieve corporate goals by any means necessary, including cheating, stealing, and harassing employees. I was suspicious when I observed the lack of cultural diversity in the company & left the company when there was clearly no respect for basic ethics. Power is held and funding/corporate investment provided to units with Korean expatriates leading the units. Korean expatriates (referred to as 'Dispatchers') by and large hold all administrative management positions as well, treat women with little respect, and show little interest in providing mentorship or path for career growth. Note: Many positive reviews are written clearly by expatriates as their English is very limited- or interns seeking a permanent job. In summary, this lack of proper treatment & trend of poor decision making is not reflective of Korea, but it is reflective of the company and The Samsung Way feels very similar to the 'good ole boys' network.

    Advice to Management

    Change: the expatriate model causes great inefficiency. Hire Americans into the senior executive leadership positions to assist with the expatriates in extracting the most value out of the investment in America... or keep the same model and keep stealing from Apple.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "inside sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good cafeteria

    Cons

    Bad apples grow in mid-management levels

    Advice to Management

    Show your standards first before saying to follow


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging working environment"

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

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Fast decision, flexible and efficient working environment

    Cons

    poor work/life balance. expected to fully work over weekends over weekends over weekends. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Friday, Friday, Monday...


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Hard to Adjust"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good to know people working on many different things.

    Cons

    The work is unpredictable. Organization changes frequently. You may end up with totally different area than what the job description says.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Independent thinkers need not apply"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Strong employee benefits offering, competitive starting salaries in some groups

    Cons

    Too much oversight by Korea HQ teams - why hire top talent in Silicon Valley if you are going to have them work with, and possibly take direction from, less experienced people in Korea? Lack of communication - there is virtually no meaningful communication about the vision and long-term strategy being shared with the groups, just "fluff" emails from some leader in Korea the teams have not met. Need real storytellers here in SV to engage and motivate the teams!
    Starting compensation is usually competitive however, year over year increases are minimal and eventually lead to less-than-market-competitive salaries especially since there is no stock offering.
    Samsung uses internal systems (designed in Korea) for everything. Little to no input is taken from the local entity so you end up with a system that gives Korea what they want but creates a mountain of work (and frustration) for local users.
    The Values are just a set of words on a poster hanging on the wall. Few people truly understand them so they aren't modeled.
    Employee survey is a joke - the questions are poorly worded and little to nothing is done following release of the results.
    Too much emphasis on understanding and adapting to the Korean culture but Samsung wants to be a key player in the Valley. So HQ should seek better understanding, and acceptance, for the Silicon Valley culture. Otherwise, hire a bunch of traditional Koreans who will blindly take orders and continue doing things the way they have been done for years.
    No appreciation for process improvement.
    Too many changes in leadership - it is not uncommon to have a President of a group every year. This is done to "develop" leaders in Korea but it creates a lot of unrest for the local teams. Yes, change is a constant but some stability in leadership is necessary, especially in a development team.
    The infighting between HR teams over the past few years is disgraceful. HR is supposed to model the desired values and culture but the leaders have set a very poor example.

    Advice to Management

    I would say cut your losses and cease operating in the valley but I know that's not going to happen. So empower your local employees more - you hired them for a reason so get out of their way and let them innovate! Stop home-growing systems - buy best-in-class off the shelf systems to alleviate the unnecessary drudgery. Put more emphasis on retaining your employees by making sure they are competitively compensated even after they have been in the business for 2+ years. Make sure you have really strong, competent leaders in all areas of the business, invest in growing their capabilities, and EMPOWER them to do what is necessary for success.
    Restructure HR- hire brilliant and well-rounded HR professionals to support the business you are so committed to growing.



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