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Updated 26 Mar 2020

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Samsung Electronics America President and CEO YH Eom
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36 Ratings
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  • "Work life balance does not exist(in 153 reviews)

  • "Korea headquarters culture can still work its way into day-to-day work(in 76 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Chaos!"

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    Current Employee - Field Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    401K match, mileage reimbursement, not getting stuck behind a desk, peers are usually pretty awesome, get access to cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Constant fear from being externalized or layed off. Upper management is disconnected and changes direction frequently. Drastically underpaid for the job I do. It's one of the only reasons I want to leave Samsung. No budget to truly influence change in our territories. As an FSM, you have very few, if any opportunities, for promotion. Schedules change all the time and with no notice. All admin time is off the clock and done at home. Sales goals change frequently and payouts are dismal. The company thrives on chaos and everything is controlled from Korea. Everything is last minute with no clear direction on how to execute. Have to work weekends and holidays with huge black out periods.

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    Samsung Electronics America2020-03-09
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Korean influenced company culture"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Electronics America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are nice and polite.

    Cons

    1. Literally, every actions in the US are required "Korean HQ" approval. Key technology and works for sure are limited in Korea only. 2. Cultural barrier seems not a big problem but it is in fact. It's happened on most of meeting that on the half way of meeting, people start foreign language conversation and half of attendees hanging there until the end of the meeting. 3. Basically, all employees are disposable once the upper manger like to cut down the budget. 4. Difficulty to get Visa for foreign employees. 2/3 of employees are foreigners, so USCIS easily block applicants. Now, HR makes it more difficult to apply it. 5. Bureaucratic and politics are common issue of this company

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    Samsung Electronics America2020-03-02
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Failed Korean Leadership retired in US"

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    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Electronics America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Salary, Good Benefit, Good Korean / non-Korean People

    Cons

    Korean leadership failed to survive in Korea, HQ. Try to retire in US to save their As and kicking out all the local leaders. If you are not an dispatcher or A-sucker, you won't survive

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    Samsung Electronics America2020-03-26
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good place for cruising"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samsung Electronics America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice offices and pretty good food if you like Korean food at the cafeteria. Both large campuses in the bay area are nice. If you ARE happy be with good above average salary and can put up with crap it's a great place so spend a.couple years and build a house or something. Mid senior level where you avoid contact with Korean bosses are best positions.

    Cons

    Top down hierarchical and patriarchal culture with added process that want a reciept for every dollar. Yes that's not just statement they want a reciept for every 1 dollar. The processes are mind numbing. Performance reviews and projects need to go to Korea for approval and you will be treated 2nd class at higher levels but money's pretty good for a short time.

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    Samsung Electronics America2020-02-08
  5. Helpful (3)

    "No Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist 

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics America full-time

    Pros

    Great experience, pay, benefits, resume booster

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth, very militarized leadership, every process needs to be approved by Korea

    Samsung Electronics America2020-02-24
  6. Helpful (11)

    "Poor Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get access to latest technology

    Cons

    The culture needs work, employees are often rude to each other and a lot of employees have large egos including executive leaders. Samsung is not a collaborative environment rather everyone tries to throw someone under a bus (this is the attitude of senior leaders as well) Korea wants to take over US operations and is slowly doing so. Leadership says they are fast paced, however, it's more of being fast because everything is late due to poor planning and getting things from Korea late. Further, the company processes of getting approvals to start a project are long making it impossible to be fast. PTO needs work, you start with 20 days including sick days and only major holidays off. Office hrs are 9-6 which they don't tell you until your first day. Reviews are tough and they make it really hard to get high scores and you are rated in comparison to your team members which doesn't make sense and contributes to a competitive negative environment. Career growth is also hard and HR policies are not consistent, its easier for a non full time employee to get a role than for a full time employee. This is a very high stress environment that will burn you out really quickly. Think really hard before working here, actually look elsewhere it's not worth your time.

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    Samsung Electronics America2019-12-13
  7. "Great place to be in... but it is not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Director of Strategy & Transformation in Ridgefield Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a very dynamic and fast-paced environment that will keep you on your toes most of the time. The Strategy & Transformation team cuts across all business units, so it provides an excellent opportunity to learn about all of Samsung America (a $30+ Billion subsidiary). The team reports directly to the CEO, so the exposure to C-Level and senior management is unmatched. The head of the Strategy team truly cares for each team member's development. She will seek coaching/mentoring opportunities, as well as providing the right exposure to senior leadership. There are three main types of projects the team works with: executing CEO strategic/tactical requests, planning business direction and growth areas with a 12-60 month outlook, and managing multi-functional projects that cut across two or more business units.

    Cons

    Working for the CEO's office can become very demanding. The team is expected to work at lightning speed (perhaps the fastest compared to the rest of the organization). Members among the Strategy & Transformation team are expected to be high-performers that can deliver within regular working hours, which occasionally can add significant pressure. However, this prevents members from working overtime or weekends (adding to the work/life balance). The organization is highly siloed, so cross-team collaboration becomes a big challenge. Because it is a subsidiary, many *big* decisions are made in HQ (in Korea). This adds bureaucracy and slows down the business at times, or reduces the empowerment of locals. Systems/tools are mostly developed by an affiliate. These tools are tedious, unintuitive, and a headache to most employees.

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    Samsung Electronics America2019-10-16
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Not a good place to work or grow!"

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    Human Resources 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics America

    Pros

    Enjoy working with the people - great blend of personalities at all levels.

    Cons

    1. Processes are extremely inefficient, no one takes ownership and everything...and I mean EVERYTHING is dictated from Korea. Korea uses employees working in the USA as puppets - we do not plan or strategize with leaders, we just execute what Korea demands without rhyme or reason. Nobody questions anything. 2. “Chaos” is an understatement - it’s like the blind is leading the blind. Very dysfunctional working culture. 3. High turn over because Samsung Electronics America does not reward employees (or top performers). Samsung really don’t pay very well. 4. Korea is obsessed with reducing Headcount so they have many contractors that work as full time employees for years never getting a full time role - it’s ILLEGAL and no one is doing anything about it.

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    Samsung Electronics America2019-10-06

    Samsung Electronics America Response

    November 19, 2019People Experience

    Thank you for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at Samsung with us. As you referenced, we work with a variety of contractor roles and service providers that contribute to many of our projects throughout the organization. That being said, we do not condone any kind of illegal activity when it comes to our staffing practices. Since you are a current employee, we recommend you reach out to your HR Business Partner or Compliance to discuss these concerns directly. Sincerely, Your Employee Engagement Team

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  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Management is predominantly from Korea

    Samsung Electronics America2019-08-25
  10. "Better than its reputation ..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Samsung Electronics America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Samsung is really trying to make a difference in how it treats employees in the Valley. Lots of benefits, lots of activities, great cafeteria. HR has been responsive to a number of (minor) issues, unlike other places I've been.

    Cons

    Korea headquarters culture can still work its way into day-to-day work. Nothing wrong with that -- they're the bosses -- but it sometimes jibes with the environment they're trying to create in the Valley. Development is often located in Korea and other teams (PM, Marketing, Sales, etc.) are in the U.S. so communication and sometimes strategy can get complicated.

    Samsung Electronics America2019-05-02
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