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rewarding, ambitious, work long hours.

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Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX (US)
Current Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX (US)

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

Pros

Samsung is one of the top electronics companies in the world. There's constantly new technology devices, so you get to be a part of the next big thing to hit the news in several months. The pay is very reasonable and the bonuses are pretty amazing nowadays! Top health benefits and unmatched 401K matching.

Cons

The expectations are very high! You work long hours. Work-Life balance needs improvement though it depends which department you work in and recently it has gotten a lot better than 5 years ago. Being a manufacturing facility, the mindset is different as if you were part of the actual device development or R&D department. Also, it takes time to move up in the company. It's more determined how long you've been there rather than your credentials and work performance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communication is key. Acknowledge your peers and positive attitude will be maintained.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No week-ends

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician II in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good at listening to techs on the floor regarding maintenance needs.

    Cons

    Night time superintendent's primary job is to walk the fab looking for procedural violations, if your working nights don't expect to have too many week-ends as most of them will be filled with useless mandatory training programs. Be prepared to work long fab hours on 12-hour shifts (1 hour lunch break only).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve work-life balance, especially for night shift. Need to have training available for night shift employees, I'm tired of coming in on my days off.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    A place where careers go to die

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are very competitive. Bonuses are thrown at employees pretty much every quarter, regardless of the company's performance. If you like free t-shirts, this place will fill up your dresser in no time flat.
    The engineers and technicians that you work with are good people who just want to make the best of a bad situation. Definitely some of the most patient people I've ever met in my life.
    You'll also develop a profound appreciation for any job you get after working here.

    Cons

    If you're looking for a career that will let you grow technically and progress as a professional, this is not the place for you. Training here is a joke, since it isn't written by qualified experts on a topic, but by the person who last violated the rules. As a result you end up with nothing more a bunch of poorly thrown together PowerPoint presentations with 5-10 poorly worded questions about how you better not screw up or it'll really hurt. Vendor and device training are impossible to come by. If you don't spend countless hours of your own time outside of work studying up and keeping your knowledge up to date with current technology trends, you'll be out of touch in no time.
    "Abusive" is the word that comes to mind when I want to describe the company culture. You will never be treated as anything more than a tool by which work gets done. Thanks and positivity must have been beaten out of management during their leadership training. The only thing you'll ever hear from management is how disappointing you are and how no one can seem to do anything right.
    In addition, every employee, regardless of tenure or position, is treated like some criminal who can't be trusted for a second. You'll have to pass at least 3 security guards and badge in at least 3 more times before you can even sit down in the morning. Even after all of this, don't even think about being to use your computer to get your job done, because the security software installed on all computers prevents you from doing just about anything other than log in.
    Despite the fact that this company is a technology giant, you'll feel like you're stuck in the 1980's with all the outdated computers and software you'll use. Counter-intuitive is the key word to use when describing all of their proprietary systems - just think about what would make sense and they do the exact opposite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get middle management in line and improve communication. Whatever sense of direction the company may have (if any) is completely lost before it gets to the people doing the work. Every supervisor has their own different expectations and none of them are in sync. The situation will never improve until the company as a whole begins to move as a unified force that has clear expectations and directives.
    Start to recognize that your employees are valuable, talented people and treat them that way. Beating people for 3 months straight then giving them some free stuff will not make them like their job. Sit down with the engineers and technicians and get their honest opinions about how to improve the way work gets done - there are a lot of great ideas and innovations to be had, but creativity is being stifled due to all of the wasted time spent on the current inefficient, oppressive set up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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