Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated 18 February 2015
Updated 18 February 2015
250 Reviews
2.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company provides opportunities to learn and grow and it has great pay and benefits (in 19 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and it takes a lot of mistakes to get terminated if you are well-liked by management (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance is a challenge in certain departments and areas (in 37 reviews)

  • Groups can become short staffed which means you will be working long hours until positions are filled (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Work Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people are really great to work with

    Cons

    SAS grossly overworks their employees, without appropriate compensation (especially contractors). The culture is very negative overall. It is incredibly difficult to change departments, positions, and get promotions. Tons of office drama and bad politics. The Korean sister company feels like Big Brother, constantly interfering with production and policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax and let youur employees do the jobs they were hired to do!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Engineering Tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Bonuses are regular but not big.

    Cons

    Beware.... Stay on the good side of your supervisor. If, you make a mistake, any mistake, it will be held against you indefinitely. Was transitioned from one job function laterally to another. Had no formal training for new position. Supervisor started documenting "ANY" mistakes on 3rd day in new position. Example: OJT trainer walks you thru procedure from their notes, and makes mistake, allowing send-ahead wafer to be reserved by unintended chamber. End result - No harm or jeopardy to tools, or product, but you get written up for SOP violation and nothing happens to trainer for giving "BAD" guidance.

    Started send-ahead for chamber that SOP said was a strip chamber, but was actually a "process" chamber. SOP was incorrect-but you get write up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mundane, Manufacturing, Not Innovative

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is there if you make it, 8AM-5PM (or 7AM-7PM w/ an alternating 3-4 work week if you are on a compressed work week schedule). All in all you can leave when the clock strikes the last minute of your shift. You are also able to sign-up for their user trial program where you are allowed to test out their latest and greatest flagship products. Compensation is on point for working in operations within the manufacturing industry.

    Cons

    Most of the work is purely operational, mundane, and surrounds monitoring day to day process of product until a production interlock or blocker occurs. For those unit parts that do have "sustaining" shifts you are expected to work night shift when your quarter rolls around, which can really eat into your social and/or personal life - sleep schedule can get really messed up. The pay when compared to MFG is okay, but when compared to other industries and trades where you engineering degree can be applied it pales in comparison.

    If you enjoy traveling for work, you will only get to go to South Korea and/or Japan for vendor training. Most if not all of the innovation is decided at HQ in South Korea so forget about installing change and optimizing large scale production change. The company incentivizes those people with seniority, not those who necessarily add value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster innovation, challenge your resources to add value to the organization, stand up for your people, and do not allow for archaic HR poliicies to stand tall if you have resources you feel are valued at more or are performing at the next level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    No reason to work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Superficial stuff. All the regular perks of a large company: dining service, gym, decent insurance benefits, OK 401K match.

    Cons

    There's literally no reason to excel here. Last quarterly meeting, our new employees commented on all the awards given out. I nodded to this. But it doesn't mean squat. Raises are like 0.5%. Career advancements are scheduled, regulated, and slow. If you have a strong work ethic, and take on a lot of responsibility, you will be worked into hell with no thank you. There are literally people all around us that do nothing but small talk, and then there's others that work super hard every day. The mismanagement is so bad. Also, PhDs do NOT make good managers. Technical understanding provides NO skills when it comes to managing people, delegating, but also REWARDING your subordinates. Also, the whole company is sucked out of innovation. Match HQ is not a leadership strategy. Seriously, do you want to spend your career developing skills that keep your head down and sustain? Sustaining is not a career. Following someone's footsteps is not a career. And yet this is the only thing you are expected to do and if you deviate from this path you'll lose your job. Internal job transfers are not easy. Your boss controls everything. Your boss decides your PTO, your boss decides your career, your boss reviews when where what you do. Do not work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sucede from Samsung.
    Fix your "boss decides everything" policies.
    Actually offer real learning opportunities for those already with bachelor's degrees. i.e. REAL FAIR compensation for MS at UT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Fast paced, good perks (subsidized lunches, gym, company events)
    Stay on the cutting edge of semiconductor mass production

    Cons

    Micro management by Korea. Fab engineering is constantly subjected to forced implementation of misguided efforts at line matching or q&r initiatives that are actively harmful to the companies overall goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people on the sharp end. DE, Innovation, and Q&R are not only removed from the actual site operations, but are actively harmful to us obtaining our goals. It's next to impossible to spend time improving processes and implementing real defense lines when our engineering talent is forced to spend time making up change points to release BBTs for line issues or setting up the current flavor of the month in FDC.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    None aside from the location Austin TX

    Cons

    Everything, No respect of workers, constant chaos and unrealistic expectations plan on working 6-7 days a week 16hrs/day is the norm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop violating all US labor laws to please the Koreans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good place to gain expirience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Individuals are given a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    Direction changes often, and prioritize are always changing. Makes work hectic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    How can a place have so much potential to be awesome, suck so bad?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, health insurance that is incredible, decent pay, great co-workers. Great people, unfortunately the ones that are great are not in charge, the ones that are put in charge are changed by it. Neat, gimmicky slogans to make you think that they care.

    Cons

    Horrible decision making, horrible focus on non value added tasks. They seem to actively select the worst possible people for leadership roles based on tenure. The focus on driving down cost of wafer moves affects almost everything you see and stuff you don't see. Middle management that says the right things, but their actions are the polar opposite of what is said. Total lack of manpower for the amount of work needed, but because we are struggling to make it work, and HQ is adamant about no more money being spent there will be few hired if at all to help. Supervisors that say they want your opinion on upcoming items then publicly disregards it as it is given. Fosters an atmosphere of just do your 13 hours and go home. No incentive to excel, beyond pay. Rating system for performance is horrible. Hope you like hearing about a mistake you made at least 3-4 times. Culture of engineers can do no wrong and technicians are neither to be seen or heard, unless you are a veteran senior tech or master tech. System changes that help the people that work the office and hurt the people in the fab. Engineers that avoid the fab like it contains ebola. Supervisors who are the happy shiny faces of management that could care less about your input if it does not agree with the mandates of management. They are there to convince you that you are wrong and that management is right; and that you are not a team player if you don't agree. It is as if someone watched office space and decided to make a company around it, or we are all secretly on a Korean reality show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't take our advice. The advice needed would take a monumental cultural shift and the release of a lot of long time people who are the problem, so in other words it will not happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fast paced, cutting edge company, with great benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    SAS is fast paced, and never boring. Things are constantly changing and new challenges arising. Great benefits and PTO allowances/schedule.

    Cons

    Poor communication between SAS and Korea, goals and expectations change so frequently it is difficult to determine if any progress is being made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on clear goals between SAS departments and Korea, and agree on requirements to make effective change.

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