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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reviews

Updated 23 October 2017
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Samsung Austin Semiconductor President Chan Hoon Park
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35 Ratings

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Pros
  • Pay is good and bonuses are consistent (in 35 reviews)

  • Samsung is a great company with good pay and benefits (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is not very good (in 65 reviews)

  • long hours, high stress, not much else to say here (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay. Great benefits. Great location. Have worked for many semiconductor companies both in FABs and as a Vendor and can say with great confidence that this is the best place I have worked at, the job is very secure and Samsung is investing money here in Austin all the time.

    Cons

    You will have to learn to work for the Koreans. They are demanding and the cultural differences can be extreme. You must have some thick skin and the ability to work in a stressful environment. Most of the neg reviews on this site stem from new spoiled college kids that have not worked anywhere else and have the biggest since of entitlement I’ve ever seen. I have been here almost 10yrs and have seen the company grow and change much. Would recommend this place to anyone with a decent work ethic and willingness to push themselves.

    Advice to Management

    You are learning, just keep it up.


  2. "Mixed"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech II in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech II in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and bonuses are quarterly and yearly

    Cons

    management can be a little displaced on the main focuses

    Advice to Management

    keep Quality and safety as your top priorities.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Okay place to start out. Lots of room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You will learn a lot of skills in a short period of time which can set up you for a solid future career path
    - Facilities (Cafeteria, Fitness area, Walking paths, Overall cleanliness )
    - High-tech environment
    - Management is generally receptive to you carrying out improvement projects of your own
    - It's a big company so it's pretty easy to find a group of people to become friends with
    - Nice volunteer/sporting opportunities throughout the year

    Cons

    - WORK LIFE BALANCE!! A huge factor in my negative rating
    - Stressful and above average work hours. Often times the stress and overtime is unnecessary
    - Very "blaming" culture where you spend a lot of time proving it's not your fault rather than working on a solution
    - Had 5 managers. 3 of them were very difficult to work for and had no business being in that role. Major reason for the stress among the engineers/technicians
    - They seemed to care more about hours at the office than actually getting work done
    - Salaries start out pretty good but the raises are very low
    - Hard to unwind after stressful day when you are supposed to respond to your pager at anytime of the day. (Luckily most technicians understand this and don't try to contact you unless totally necessary)

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is a talented engineer, doesn't make them a good TR (manager). Focus on making TR's the ones with the people skills and not necessarily the most knowledge of unit part. I also think the stress put on TR's is so great that it carries down to the engineers/technicians and makes for an unpleasant work environment. Streamline the TR responsibilities so they don't feel so taxed and I think you will find the engineers will be happier, less stressed, and ultimately better employees who will want to stay for a long time.


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  5. "Sr. Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    One of the best place i have worked

    Cons

    There are no stock options


  6. "A decent place that will bore you"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent management
    Good work life-balance for the most part

    Cons

    Bad engineering skills (no one else runs a fab like this)
    Constant 'crisis' projects with no purpose
    Internal competitions, you cannot be successful if someone else is
    Horrible homegrown software systems

    Advice to Management

    Push back against unnecessary projects. You just waste engineering resources


  7. "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money is just ok, raises are not that great

    Cons

    Hours are horrid, advancement is who you know, not what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly listen to your people and be fair to them. A lot of good people have left this company.


  8. "Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Starting pay for new grads is okay. Cafeteria is nice. They have a basketball court and a soccer field if that's what "work" is for you. If you're lucky you'll get to go to S. Korea. You will learn the art of Korean company politics.

    Cons

    This is a Korean company operating in America. There is only so much growth potential here. There is no value staying at this company for more than 3 years. You are absolutely replaceable. You don't get stock or equity. You will likely never get a patent. You're just a body. Sounds mean... but it's true.

    Advice to Management

    My only advice is to do more to recognize and retain your good, experienced employees. Do more to recognize your poor managers and make examples of them. Also, Awards are meaningless if they don't translate into promotion opportunities. You are creating resentful employees when you give them $25 gift cards, but no promotions.


  9. "Senior Engineering Technician"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Corpus Christi, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Corpus Christi, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good hours, good incentives

    Cons

    long hours, high stress, not much else to say here

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management


  10. "The worst company"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None it's a horrible place to work that's why I'm writing this

    Cons

    They treat you like an animal if you clock in literally 2 seconds late you get written up just a really bad environment

    Advice to Management

    When an employee takes off for a family emergency don't investigate into it like your the police


  11. "A good place to hide, not a good place to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cafeteria is the highest praise.
    Facilities are clean and well-kept. Fab and offices.
    New fitness center and outdoor activity.
    The benefits are OK but they have gotten rid of discounts and other programs in the past.
    Job stability is similar to government positions, do not screw up and you can work here a long time.

    Cons

    Underpaid for the hours.
    Cost of living in Austin is highest in the state.
    Promotions are not merit based.
    No recognition of merit outside of yearly review cycle.
    Managers always late on reviews.
    Career development is one page questionaire that employee fills out for himself and manager never looks at.
    No flex options for employee work.
    You must literally be disabled to request sit/stand desk.
    Not forward thinking company.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of always hiring numbers and more employees for site that cannot handle anymore, give flexibility and respect to employees, even juniors. They will love you a lot more if you would realize their needs.


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