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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
Samsung Austin Semiconductor – Austin – “Samsung Austin Semiconductor”

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2.5 196 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

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Youngwook ("YW") Park

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34% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The insurance benefits are great, the people you work with are great (usually), pay is good but not great(in 21 reviews)

  • This company provides opportunities to learn and grow and it has great pay and benefits(in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • expectation is very high and work-life balance is hard to find(in 28 reviews)

  • Groups can become short staffed which means you will be working long hours until positions are filled(in 15 reviews)

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    Seems like a good company, too big to be agile

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDepending on where you work, it can be extremely satifying. There is oppotunity to make a contribution, and have your voice mean something. The local management is under the direction of Samsung in Korea, so it can feel a lot like the Framers must have felt with "Taxation without representation."

    Even with that, it appears as though Korea listens to some of the leaders concerns, but drives profits ahead of anything else.

    ConsLots of opportunities to move within the company, and experience new things. Work/life balance is reasonable, and the teamwork is great. The intervewing process can feel a little strange, given that each hour can have 3 or 4 people in a panel interview.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen experiencing lapses in production, it is obvious that changes must be made. If the production is low and the leaders you have assigned tell you they are short staffed, consider bringing more people on. If the issue is quality of the product, consider revamping the quality department, not the whole company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    mediocre

    Engineering Technician (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsGood benefits, not bad when wanting to get your feet wet in the semiconductor industry in Austin, TX

    ConsSome departments have some really bad, inexperienced people in leadership positions and it is a Korean company and you will be treated like a second class citizen if you are not korean.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to better learn how to be an effective manager or just get people that are qualified to be in those management positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If U see a positive review here - it maybe posted by HR @ SAS

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsRecognized brand name. If you get in a good work group, great. If you get a boss that understands work-life-balance it can be good also. You can learn how to survive in a business that does not take lessons learn from any of the business programs for improvements, methodologies, or really embracing what is written all over the walls; as being a place of honor to work - not.

    ConsInnovation and doing processes like the “big boys” is not a business concern. All are an extension of HQ in S. Korea. Largest user of water and electric in Austin!

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe clear the decks and bring in better blood for all management levels? Or last one out, shut off the lights? Let HQ write it off the books.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cost Savings

    Purchasing (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsPeople there are great to work with.

    ConsCost savings taken to the extreme, Management is oblivious to issues within Purchasing Department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of dead weight, analyse your employees job functions. One hand doesn't know what the others doing, Ever!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Engineer

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

    ProsLots of smart people to learn from, fast paced environment

    ConsPoor management, very corporate and political, controlled by headquarters, discourages innovative ideas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Pay, work-life balance depending on departmetn

    Conswork-life balance, high stress, 24hr coverage

    Advice to Senior Managementneed more focus on employee development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Benefits.....

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

    ProsThe insurance benefits are great, the people you work with are great (usually), pay is good but not great.

    ConsSamsung is managed from a top down approach, and lower management is punished if they cannot implement what the top up envisions no matter how feasible it is. This also means there is little to no creativity/innovation granted to anyone not in management. Samsung HQ is in Korea and it very much feels like Samsung Austin is a little brother, they push their influence and don't take on any suggestions. This is a good place to start if you want to get into the Austin area, but otherwise it is not worth it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou really need to start shifting the company culture otherwise you are never going to be able to compete with the likes of Google, TI, Cirrus Logic, DropBox, Facebook, TSMI, etc.... which are all at your backdoor looking for creative and qualified engineers. To be blunt "get over yourself".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ENG TECH

    Eng Technician (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsTeamwork enviroment, GWP . . . . . . . . .

    ConsManagement Teamwork enviroment, GWP . . . . . . . . .

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick up for the entry-level people

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    Paradise Lost

    Leader (Former Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsGreat benefits and perks. Excellent work environment for those on compressed work week. Quick advancement opportunities for those the fit the mold and are willing to drink the soju. Excellence and change are company core values which means that challenge is constant so you are never bored.

    ConsEighteen years into this experiment and still can't solve the Korean-local puzzle. Not an environment that is a match or welcoming for most. Life can be stressful for engineers in many departments. Leadership must develop a schizophrenic approach to treat their employees with an American style while learning to navigate Korean-style among executives. Disappointing that HR has recently compromised their ethics to ask trustees to spike the glassdoor reviews with advertisements rather than focusing their efforts on making the work environment healthier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBite the bullet and allow the workforce to achieve results in a manner that doesn't alienate people or cause undo stress. Allow SAS to be a global outpost or cut your losses and let your workers find long-term alternatives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Past high performer - grass IS greener on the other side

    Engineer III (Former Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsI worked at SAS for close to 7 years - I survived the layoffs, held multiple shift schedules, and held multiple roles. All these factors are a necessity that I do not hold against the company.

    The company is transparent in it's expectations - you will work a lot, and they take great measure to make sure this is known before you start. Pay is decent, and PTO is flexible and abundant. Healthcare is also great.

    ConsI will not highlight the long working hours, the challenging management structure, or even the tense relationship with Korean counterparts - those are a given part of the job, and something you sign up for. Please read ahead for what I believe to be a definite and unique "con", though.

    The problems that face employees at SAS are sometimes non-issues elsewhere due to the way the company conducts it's business. Homegrown applications and business processes that do not observe any kind of industry standard practice are incredibly inefficient. The company's backend (IT Infrastructure, support roles) is terrible and makes accomplishing even the most mundane tasks a challenge.

    Furthermore, training in these homegrown practices and applications will NOT provide skills you need for other company's that observe industry standard practices and enterprise applications.

    Aged desktops and security programs decrease employee mobility and flexibility. This is 2014, time for an overhaul! Get laptops, introduce newer security software, and start using online collaboration tools.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo things that will make work FUN. Laptops, online collaboration tools, and high quality software make it much more enjoyable to work. Provide mobility and a high-class product / interface that makes the engineer proud to work for the high technology company that Samsung is supposed to be. Stop using old technology! Adopt industry standards that will make engineers worry less about growing their skillset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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