Samsung Research America

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Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated 23 November, 2014
Updated 23 November, 2014
66 Reviews
3.1
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They're hiring good people, and they're challenging them to do great work (in 4 reviews)

  • Fair salary, good benefits and good bonuses (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The management level is eager to please our Korea HQ, but constantly fails to convince (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Not your typical Samsung Department.

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

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are 4 groups here at SRA that are actually very different, if you want to compare them from the rest of the herd. These 4 labs are highly creative, innovative, and have released very relevant top rated products. Cool thing about these departments, is that they shell you from the usual politics that plague the rest. They encourage creativity, good design, and thinking outside the box mentality. These groups function like a start-up, They are quick and agile to the changes. Being in this ecosystem really helped me to mature, grow, and learn from others.

    It is also a great place to learn about the mobile industry, it's developers engineering, and business.

    Lots of perks. Free devices (gifts), free lunch (depends on the department), 401k, great health benefits, fun environment, great salary, great bonus, etc...

    Cons

    - You work a lot (but you get rewarded for it)
    - Headquarter is in Korea and they still control everything. You need HQ's approval to release anything.
    - Things change very quickly.
    - Little or no process at all.
    - Communication?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't really blame management. They have their own bosses who treats them harshly then your lowly senior designer. Our team is just lucky that we have good managers and great people. It is what it is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Changed and Focussed

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

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have been here for a short while. The refocus initiative has been great and there is a sense of enthusiasm and high energy.

    The team I am in really looks out for each and gives great flexibility innovate while setting achievable and realistic business goals.

    If I had to summarize

    Energy, refocussed efforts on specific goals, compensation, ability to get software onto millions of devices, new wave of innovation, hiring top tier talent, flexibility to innovate

    Cons

    some internal tools, portals, processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue empowering US employees to do what they do best

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    senior manager

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

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time

    Pros

    good perks,benefits,free gifts,large campus,salary, good people

    Cons

    no strategy,weird levels of people,no proper structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have clear vision

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An island of Korea in Silicon Valley.

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

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K). Extremely intelligent and educated workforce.

    Cons

    Constant change. Everything is run from Korea (HQ). Local efforts are often over looked. Extreme internal politics, constant high level reorganization. Lots of employee churn after the Samsung mystique wears off and talented staff run out of patience and find they can work anywhere else they like. No employee ownership/stock plan. One way communication with HQ, information shared in a need to know only fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for autonomy and embrace the silicon valley work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    nice company

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

    I have been working at Samsung Research America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    challenge work, nice environment, great team

    Cons

    less benefit, cafeteria need to be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more group work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great!!!

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

    I worked at Samsung Research America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    lots of freedom in work, many gifts and fooooooosball

    Cons

    nothing per se, samsung research was fab for me

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people + focused research

    • 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)

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation, perks, challenging work

    Cons

    Better management direction. Much of the research effort can be a little product-driven but much more focus can be directed at foundational, forward-thinking research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A smattering of talented junior/midlevel people trapped in a hellish prison of inept leadership and cultural impasse.

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

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is specifically for Samsung UXCA/SDA in San Francisco
    They pay you a lot of money.
    The hours are very much 9-5.
    They have great recruiting.

    Cons

    This is specifically for Samsung UXCA/SDA in San Francisco
    You will never release a product in the market. They do not– and probably never will– have any support from headquarters in Korea to actually make products. They are either a tax loophole or an ideas factory that has no say in actual shipping products.
    You will be asked to do redundant or nonsensical projects.
    Leadership will constantly tell you what a great and unique position the lab is in.
    Atmosphere is peculiar at best and toxic/poisonous at worst.
    Any additional bonuses or compensation will have 2+ year vesting clauses that trap you once you realize you must escape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is specifically for Samsung UXCA/SDA in San Francisco
    Stop pretending everything is ok. 70% attrition is not normal.
    Stop pushing out the creative leaders who don't agree with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing . . .

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

    I worked at Samsung Research America (more than an year)

    Pros

    OK Money, no 12 hour days.

    Cons

    Middle management gums things up. Big barrier between Korean bosses and US workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anonymous round robin reviews. Hire the contractors so they have a stake in the company's performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very flexible for students

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

    Pros

    Great flexible hours for college students and good pay. Good snacks and great staff members.

    Cons

    For a contract worker, not many perks. Not many interactions with other employers, thought they were all very friendly.

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