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Samsung Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 27, 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. "Awesome"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very Experienced Guidance and excellent quality work.
    Well Organized and structured intern program
    Great Food and other facilities provided even to interns :)

    Cons

    None that I can think of. I had an awesome time.
    Maybe just finding housing is difficult . Rest everything is really easy to do.
    Lot to learn both academically and culturally.

    Advice to Management

    Serioysly NONE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .


  2. "Working at Samsung"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Highly motivated and enthusiastic persons
    well settled system

    Cons

    Strict atmosphere
    Not flexible decision processc

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Sr DevOps Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Great workplace, great salary, great bonus, free lunches and good discounts for breakfasts and dinners. My team is constantly trying out new technologies and for professional growth that's excellent. Many cultural events, happy people

    Cons

    Haven't noticed one yet but I'm quite new


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Yet another sweatshop"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Nice new building. Good furniture. Good cafeteria. There are a few smart and good people working there, but most have left. You can negotiate a good salary, but obviously there are no stock options. Your bonus structure lasts for a maximum of 3 years, after which you only get your salary. There are an annual and semi-annual merit-accomplishments bonus programs.

    Cons

    If you need any kind of visa, those guys will make you jump through hoops. It's not uncommon for a competitor to steal a candidate to whom SSI had extended an offer just because SSI was incompetent on how to go about their visa, or worked on it too late.

    They make it really hard to start working there, dodging you on your start date.

    As part of your new-hire packet, you're asked to write a positive glassdoor review. (As if you can give a meaningful review after working 2 days there?)

    You have to write status reports (what you've actually done every day) on a weekly or daily basis (depending on the team you join) in order to justify your existence (to Korea Headquarters, KHQ) at the company (SSI).

    Dress code: business casual: no sandals, no shorts of any kind, no T-shirts of any kind, no baseball caps, no hats of any kind (which sucks if you're balding at any age). If you break any of those rules, you get talked to by your manager and eventually written up by HR.

    HR likes to write you up for anything, in order to use that as ammunition later, if they need to fire you.

    Management employs scrum and Agile for their development, which does nothing more than simply ask status everyday from your teammates. It's another form or micro-management.

    Not uncommon for an employee to have more technical experience than than their manager, yet their manager somewhat giving them technical tasks which result in wasted time and effort. Nine out of ten times this is the case. One out of ten, you'd find a manager who has superior technical abilities and wonder how they've survived so far in this very typical Korean company.

    Management is your typical Korean style management: They don't trust you about anything (ergo, reports every day). You have to do exactly as you're asked. However, if you do get under their skin, you can tell them anything, and I mean anything, and they'll believe you and follow it exactly as you tell it to them. As such, politics is alive and well.

    The population demographic is loosely: management/technical leads in advanced age ready to retire, developers fresh out of college with little experience (but very, very ambitious, to the point where it is suffocating and very political). This creates an interesting environment as described above and in the following paragraph:

    No innovation. Everything is done at the last moment, in the seat of their pants. No research in algorithms or technology. You'll find infantile "algorithms" if you can call them that in their designs and code, and old tools used. Neither the algorithms nor the technology scales forward, and for this every new product is last moment decision, barely meeting customer expectation and barely meeting product criteria and barely competitive performance compared to similar products already on the market. You wonder, then, how they make the sales and how they get the market? 1. They undersell your product (if you're a competitor) and 2. they make promises which they can barely keep and meet. However performance data doesn't lie.

    No long term planning, lots of disillusionment. Obviously the result of lack of experience or dont-give-a-damn-Im-ready-to-retire attitude.

    No one dares to take charge and responsibility, say as a result of a new design or tool, due to 1. retribution by KHQ, and 2. being ignored and your work forgotten. Everyone waits on everyone else and instructions are received from KHQ.

    No reusability of code or hardware designs. Everything is new every two years. And then you hear "we have to write a lot of code to get this working", they actually mean "re-write". Every team has their own code, with their own bugs. No common hardware platform, no common platform code.

    Not unusual to have meetings at 5, or 6 or even at 9 pm lasting an hour and a half to two and a half hours due to the time difference to KHQ and the India office.

    Language barrier is there: they do understand what each word means, but fail to understand the concept/meaning. As such technical concepts are lost. They'll revert to talking to each other in Korean, and you'll understand nothing so as to clarify what they think you'd said.

    Little to no reason for the existence of the San Jose office: KHQ takes no advice from the San Jose office regarding design, technology and future product planning. KHQ has forced the hardware team to disband and find other jobs, by giving them insignificant projects after the HW team showed good design and strategy. Thus, there is no longer a HW team in SJ. The FW technology is slowly being appropriated by KHQ, especially as KHQ develops the HW, and Koreans do not like to have to translate things into English (or to write lucid documentation of how the HW works) for SW/FW to be developed by people in San Jose. It's much cheaper for FW/SW to be developed at KHQ, since a FW engineer can walk over to a HW engineer and speak to them in their native language (Korean). After all, 1. Korean salaries are much, much lower than San Jose based salaries, 2. there is no language barrier, 3. there is no time and distance barrier and most importantly, 4. no cultural barrier.

    On every floor, in the elevator foyer, you'll find a poster mounted on the wall of the company's "values". Why do they feel the need to actually post the company's values everywhere? Are they trying to convince you or themselves?

    Have you seen the video above? Does it look like a Silicon Valley technology company video-ad or does it look like a dating app video-ad? Why does a good company need a video-ad?

    Advice to Management

    You are put in a hard position: placate KHQ, justify San Jose office's existence to KHQ, and keep and grow it. Unfortunately, your organization is riddled with politics (due to KHQ being involved at every level of management and decision making). You are losing very smart people every day. You know you cannot recover from this. You know there is no way out. You lost the HW team and are losing the FW team. Retire already.

    The video-ad you've posed about SSI looks more like a dating app video-ad, as opposed to Silicon Valley technology company ad. Why does a good place to work at need a video-ad, let alone one that looks like a dating app video-ad?


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Learning new technologies. Good benefits. Competitive Pay. Free food. Nice new campus.

    Cons

    Not that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more Software Engineers and continue building good software team.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Samsung is changing for the better"

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

    Pros

    Work ethic, brand loyalty, strength of management, innovation, benefits, culture, colleagues

    Cons

    Not for you if you are looking for an 8-5 job

    Advice to Management

    Continue adapting to North American "style"


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sales and Marketing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful new building, good benefits, great technology

    Cons

    Not enough autonomy from Korea

    Advice to Management

    Empower the local employees

  8. "Good Company to Work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, good flexibility in deciding role

    Cons

    None that I can think of at the moment

    Advice to Management

    None to note.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits, good brand name of company which is doing well of-late

    Cons

    Use and throw approach by directors, employees not respected for their contributions, would not recommend working here at all.

    Advice to Management

    The executives need to come down to satellite US sites every 3 months to check how their direct reports operate and also get feedback from the leaf level workforce.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice building, free lunch, end year gifts, lots of bonuses, busy but manageable

    Cons

    Dispatchers take credits for your hard work and ideas. Very unsecured that you are much much smarter than them. Top heavy management who got promoted due to seniority and the ability or skills set, clue less in managing people, no career growth or training, paranoid environment, hence you don't access to latest technologies, too much POLITICS


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