Samsung Research America Reviews

Updated 13 April 2015
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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. Research Team

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samsung Research America

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good laboratories to work. As a intern a had lot o freedom to choose my working schedule.

    Cons

    Couldn't see the real application of my project.

  2. Android Engineer.
    Basically working on Samsung customized Android platform to optimize the performance and power.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Samsung Research America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable.
    Working Environment is good.
    Work life balance is also good.
    Sometime is a incubator of good ideas.

    Cons

    Compensation not compatible compared to other top companies in Bay area.
    Lots of policies to follow as a Asian based companies.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say here. Everything is well organized. Except that we may need to more stimulate employees' passion to work.

  3. Great People, lot's of red tape

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Sports Vertical in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Sports Vertical in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Did not meet a single incompetent person who wasn't willing to help anyone and everyone
    Management is highly experienced and innovative, they sit down with every team frequently
    Pay and benefits are incredible, 25% jump from my previous employer for essentially the same work

    Cons

    Corporate in Korea can squash anything anyone from America has going, despite months, even years of work
    Some verticals serve the same function and cannibalize resources

    Advice to Management

    Make sure inept verticals are not taking away resources from teams that are making money

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  5. Internship

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good payment and housing
    Interesting project

    Cons

    Less open than other internt companies

    Advice to Management

    Maybe more diversified and flexible

  6. Hard work and proud of working there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, well structured training course,

    Cons

    a little trivial jobs, security, complex system

  7. Very poor work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at Samsung Research America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting projects, lot of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Hectic work schedule, no work life balance, poor management, long hours of work valued more than quality of work.

  8. Great People, Great Work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the team I was working with, along with the work we were doing. We had a lot of freedom to conduct actual research, and were free to pursue things we found interesting.

    Cons

    The location wasn't ideal, and Samsung hasn't invested in the shuttle services provided by Apple or Google. Also, working with samsung HQ can be a bit difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Things are great.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Dysfunctional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at Samsung Research America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good (decent) salaries

    Cons

    Prepare to be 'owned' 24/7. I worked out of NYC and dealt with managers in Korea and San Francisco every day. Due to the time difference this meant it was common to work 12 -15 hours each day.

    Advice to Management

    Korea is the capital of South Korea, not the world!

  10. Has scope for improvement

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great ideas and infrastructure, smart people, good salary and relocation packages
    I didn't experience micromanagement by Korea HQ , thanks to my mentor who is great.
    HR was very helpful

    Cons

    Too much internal dirty politics - Teams and people within the same lab (where I was interning)t just wanted to make each other look bad and suck up to the lab head. I faced hostility from a female lab member who probably couldn't fathom that an intern is smarter than her.
    No one wants to do anything out of the ordinary - if you want to drive innovation, you have to think outside the box!!
    No perks - no free food, no gym

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people and retain them - If there is a high attrition rate, surely you are doing something wrong that is driving away talented people.
    Be nice to your employees - If you want to compete with the biggies (F, G, A) then listen to your employees , let them work in a comfortable and creative environment, don't strangle them, pamper them

  11. Amazing company and work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Samsung Research America

    Pros

    Great salary,great work culture,amazing learning experience

    Cons

    Hectic timings,hectic schedules,work life balance average

    Advice to Management

    Good communication with lower level people

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