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Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated 16 August 2014
Updated 16 August 2014
53 Reviews

2.9
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Daniel Eum
6 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They're hiring good people, and they're challenging them to do great work (in 3 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good salary and talent (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • This is a korean company within Silicon Valley - literally (in 3 reviews)

  • fast-paced, it doesn't really feel like silicon-valley company (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place with benefits and good funding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Bonus Options
    Year end gifts
    Summer camps

    Cons

    HQ dependency
    Business model is different for each lab

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fair pay with good bonus for copy cat mobile services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    Pros

    Fair salary, good benefits and good bonuses. Company brand name.

    Cons

    Everything is urgent with no real tools or control to make a significant impact. Get things done, no matter how it's gets done. Obvious Korean preference if you wish to move up. No clear vision. Carousel of leadership. High turn over. No real innovation. Scared upper management, survival is the game for directors and up. No one high up the ladder wants to really innovate just duplicate. Those who do want to innovate have and will eventually leave. If your product becomes a success HQ will try to take it over and spit you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lot's of chaos. Lot's of politics. Try to make progress while working in a spinning washing machine.

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

    Pros

    Pay. Worklife balance is good so far, but when HQ starts to pressure management (the way this project is going, they certainly will), the pressure will fall at the feet of the employees who will be expected to work 24/7 to achieve unrealistic goals and pull something miraculously working out of a tangled heap of disorganized mess.

    Cons

    Totally chaotic. Can't make progress because people are stepping all over everyone else's feet. Infighting abounds. Managers don't have a clue of the technical details and thus make unrealistic and unreasonable requests and misguided assertions which requires worker's time to try to explain often to no avail--managers want stupid things done, thus stupid things must be done and when it isn't successful the workers will be blamed.

    The IT department is a pain in the neck and the compute resources are crappy (ultra books [so called] that work like crap), constant connectivity outages, lack of flexibility in how you can setup your work environment.

    Apple need not worry. This place is a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the current management and find a group of leaders that believe in making progress in a less chaotic politically driven environment and instead is driven by problem solving and information. Give people in the group a sense that this project is well organized and makes steady progress toward realistic goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't go there...

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

    Pros

    The only "pro" I could think of, the reason why most people stay more than a few weeks at Samsung, is the salary. So unless you're really bendable and could accept crazy work conditions in the name of that good salary, Samsung is not for you.

    Cons

    Everything else... Catastrophic managers, completely broken HR, management by fear and secrecy, company spying on your email and all electronic communications, "colleagues" reporting to management everything you say, complete inability to have any impact on Samsung products or projects because non-Koreans cannot dare having any influence on Koreans, Koreans stealing your inventions or documents under their name.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change things and people. Hard. Harder. Including yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn about the mobile industry and the trends. Korea / US control issues and politics slows things down!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great working hours
    Decent salary and bonuses
    Access to devices
    Good overview of mobile industry and opportunity to talk to a lot of companies for collaboration

    Cons

    HQ (Korea) still controls most things
    Leadership is not as strong and visionary as it should be
    Processes are broken with no clear roles and responsibilities as well as success metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a visionary leader
    Reduce dependence on HQ for decision making

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership Vacuum

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA (US)

    Pros

    Relatively high pay
    Brand name is considered important and successful
    Co-workers are very nice people

    Cons

    The planning function is ridiculous. There are a team of young Koreans who attempt to lead the organization on behalf of an almost absent President. This is not a global company. It is a Korean company that is attempting something far beyond its capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is VERY important. The current President is essentially a manager. They also should stop getting rid of their successful leaders with strong personalities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience to learn hard work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    Good benifits , good pto, name value

    Cons

    Work hard. Lack of leadership. Nothing happens without direction from HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hShould nderstand ulture difference between Usa and Korea

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unless you're ready to retire, don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

    Pros

    cheap benefits
    great salary if you have a Masters of Phd from a top tier college (that's all they care about)

    Cons

    Very Korean, if you can't conform, you will fail.
    Management doesn't take ownership and will throw you under the bus if given the chance.
    If you're not an engineer or UX designer, you will get paid pennies.
    No recognition for hard work, only brown noses prevail.
    Human Resources dept is HORRIBLE and corrupt, they continually break policy and would rather bury their head in the sand than deal with real issues head on.
    HQ in Korea run everything.
    Always in crisis mode.
    Turn over is about 33% of employees leave in less than a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of hiring people based of their education (paper status) and hiring on the spot, actually sit down and really see if the candidate you hire is worth the money you're going to pay. Give higher salaries to people who help run the company instead of only engineers and designers. Some interns make more than regular full time employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top down

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

    Pros

    Descent salary, descent benefits, descent bonus

    Cons

    30% overhead...in terms of reports,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the us subsidaries have some autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change is coming

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

    Pros

    Being that Samsung has its hands in a lot of pots, you get some nice employee discounts, though not as many as I would have hoped. My management chain has been nothing but awesome, they made sure I have everything I wanted to be able to get my job done. The teams get together regularly and have mixers as well as other team events. The best part is our game room that has everything you could want to blow off some steam, or just to waste time. Medical benefits are top notch. Aeron chairs for everyone!

    Cons

    It is a satellite branch of a larger company, so there isn't any escaping the dynamics of HQ vs the other guys. I have heard horror stories, but I see things changing everyday. Teams are budgeting for team snacks, as well as other goodies, but corporate should be providing these, not just individual teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on the tech lock down, and make the facilities look and feel more fun. The culture is shifting, but not as fast as employees would like to see. It would be nice if we could get discounts on everything Samsung makes instead of a few products from each family of products. Having a physical corporate store would help with company pride.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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