Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated 13 December 2014
Updated 13 December 2014
242 Reviews
2.7
242 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Puppet Master Meets His End !

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

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

    Pros

    Good $. and that's why I cant leave, yet.
    Great Tools

    Cons

    Long Hours No Work Life Balance.
    Poor Culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Last year You got rid of the Puppets this year the Puppet Master

    Thank you for a great Present !

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

    Stay on the good side of management

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

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

    Pros

    fast paced, good money, hard work

    Cons

    If your on the bad side of your supervisor, they will find a reason to let you go

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor Response

    Nov 24, 2014Talent Acquisition Leader

    We are glad to hear that you enjoy the fast-pace, good money and hard work at SAS! We are working on and hope that you can develop more open communication and trust with your supervisor. We value ... More

  3.  

    Great company to build a detail hands on experience

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

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

    Pros

    Provide an opportunity to learn real stuff with hardwork.
    Over time compensation is reasonable.
    Will be huge foundation for your engineering career.

    Cons

    Leadership change too frequently.
    Too much dependency on mother company.
    Work life balance is not guaranteed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor Response

    Nov 24, 2014Talent Acquisition Leader

    Thank you for your time and service at SAS. We are sad that you have taken your engineering career elsewhere. You are right to point out that this operation provides good hard work with real ... More

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  5.  

    A great way to cut your teeth in the professional world.

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

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

    Pros

    A large company in which you can easily find people to form close bonds with, as professionals and friends. There are interesting and unique surprises every day--sometimes every hour. You are exposed to a variety of situations within engineering (identifying and investigating a problem, setting up and improving processes, dealing with red tape and justifying data, etc.), and have a ton of data at your fingertips telling a lot of stories--if you have the patience, focus, and time discipline to look into it. There are a lot of good, brilliant people working here that make it easy to stay for three years and keep an optimistic outlook for most of it (my experience).

    Cons

    People who stick their necks out to fix a problem get criticized the most; people who contribute less but document it better are given Lean certification. People who chronically fail to perform their jobs will not be punished--managers will just punish every other employee instead, assuming everyone is as bad as the lowest common denominator. The company is surprisingly sexist, even among the recent college hires; this frat-house attitude nicely complements and ironically encourages the petty and pretentious traditional Korean leadership style we all loathe. No matter what you accomplish during the day, if it's not whatever your manager thinks you should have done or should have had time to do, you've failed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of structure, expectations, and training is YOUR fault, not theirs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor Response

    Nov 24, 2014Talent Acquisition Leader

    We are lucky to have you on our team. Your willingness to speak up and collaborate with other smart employees appears obvious. We hope you continue to form close bonds and examine the data that will ... More

  6.  

    If you are Human, Run away.......

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

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Clean, beautiful campus. Subsidized cafeteria. Gym. Austin.

    Cons

    Micromanaged by Korean Uber Gods. If you are US native your voice does'nt matter. Advice, if you are young out of college....do NOT be lured by these people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sever L10/11/12/13/14/15/16 S1. Let SAS succeed based on TRUE merit. Copy exact is unrealistic. US innovation is the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Falling Quickly

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits. Good quarterly bonuses. Great location to Austin.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations from management. Quantity is always over quality no matter what they preach. Very small pay raises between promotions. Very few promotions. One promotion about every 4 - 6 years if you are lucky. Very unorganized & constant changes to maintenance procedures. Undefined rolls for team members which management fails to address. High turnover rate of team members both engineering & maintenance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix all of the above cons or your ratings will continue to plummet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor Response

    Nov 24, 2014Talent Acquisition Leader

    We have had a challenging year, introducing new technology that will change the way people use their mobile devices. Your profile shows you as a current employee and we hope you stick it out with us ... More

  8.  

    Cutting edge, fast pace, great benefits

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

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

    Pros

    One of the front runners in the semiconductor industry! Fast pace allows us to compete in a tough global market. Benefits are out of this world! Engineering teams have a lot of great minds working for them.

    Cons

    Many decisions about our production mix are made overseas and they vary frequently. Difficult to maintain momentum in any direction when the priorities keep changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries are a little low to compete with other technical industries within the Austin area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor Response

    Nov 24, 2014Talent Acquisition Leader

    Thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication!

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Process technician

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, starting pay. Shift differentials for night and off shifts. Compressed work week. PTO is ample and available. OT options.

    Cons

    industry conditions are cyclical, currently resulting in little money to spread to personnel.
    Very little advancement even for high performers due to annual review structure. This is standard in the industry and it is customary to move between companies in order to obtain pay raises. No acknowledgement or reward for loyalty or performance.
    Intense task saturation in some areas of the process. Like being an Air Traffic Controller with the recognition of a fry cook.
    Consequence, rather than praise-driven environment. "Do a million things right, do one one wrong you're gone"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more 24 hour amenities for a 24 hour operation
    more personnel support
    provide more frequent opportunities to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Appeals to a certain personality type

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, and the benefits are outstanding
    We stay on the cutting edge of technology
    Dynamic work envornment- it's impossible to fall into a rut in the engineering groups
    Austin location

    Cons

    Priorities can shift rapidly. If you like to know what you will be working next week, you'll have a hard time with SAS culture/
    Lack of accountability to other groups- upper management loves their metrics, most of which are metrics of fab engineering's performance. This gives groups that don't actually contribute anything to the production process a dispropotionate voice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the groups that actually make things happen in the Fab, not the guy reporting on the guy reporting on the guy reporting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    This is the truth

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

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor

    Pros

    Cafeteria and starting pay basically

    Cons

    terrible management, you wont get anywhere if your not "buddies" with them. Even if you are the hardest working employee in your group, it will take you nowhere. Co-workers talk behind your back, specially the sock lickers who are afraid to get fired. You can do a million things right and wont get noticed, you do 1 thing wrong and you are about to get kicked out. Absolute worst company. You will get thrown under the bus and stepped over by those who want to go higher in the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of the real workers with integrity and forget about your "buddies" who dont do anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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