Don’t join Samsung

Samsung 566;)effyw
May 4 43 Comments

Joined Samsung Research, Mountain View 2 years back. Worst decision I ever made. I had two other offers when I took this job. Both paying way more (one offer was from a FANG). I took Samsung offer because I liked the team even though TC was much lower. After the sign-on bonus expired, they didn’t increase my TC even though I performed above average level on review. I was severely demotivated because my TC wasn’t low, it was very poor.

Fortunately I got a few offers including one from a FANG company. I just resigned and leaving Samsung soon.

Current TC: 210k

New TC: 292k

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TOP 43 Comments
  • Google Aphrodite
    Was this in US, or Korean office (or other)?
    May 4 3
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      Mountain View.
      May 4
    • Google Aphrodite
      Thanks for clarifying. Good luck at the new company, although keep in mind promo also depends on team & politics even at FANG.
      May 4
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      Thanks. Sure, but I don’t expect to be poorly paid there like Samsung.
      May 4
  • Facebook public2
    Next you will tell us that the sky is blue?
    May 4 2
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      It wasn’t very obvious to me that they will pull my TC down severely if I performed above expectations.
      May 4
    • Facebook public2
      Why not? That's Amazon and Samsungs bread and butter: penalize performance
      May 4
  • Qualcomm
    leetMonkey

    Qualcomm

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    leetMonkeymore
    yoe? Care to share what discipline and project?
    May 4 7
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      5+ years of working in applied ML + PhD in applied maths.
      May 4
    • Qualcomm
      leetMonkey

      Qualcomm

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      leetMonkeymore
      Ah so software, how’s the feedback on hw? Is that shitty too?
      May 4
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      To best of my knowledge, TC is shitty in all of Samsung for all IC.
      May 4
    • Qualcomm
      leetMonkey

      Qualcomm

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      leetMonkeymore
      So is it just the TC or quality of work as well?
      May 4
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      TC, work was ok.
      May 4
    • Samsung / Project CxMv51
      OP were you building 1 or building 2? depends on which team you are on and how much your bringing in revenue
      May 4
    • Samsung effinglee
      Doesn't matter. We're one of the few teams bringing in money and growing. Still the TC shit and they treat employees like slave labor. Racist and discriminating in day light.
      May 5
  • New / Ops
    tooQ10

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    tooQ10more
    Does Samsung have Korean-style work hours even in the US?
    May 5 2
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      No, I have life-life balance, not work-life balance.
      May 5
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

      New Ops

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      tooQ10more
      That's good to hear. Korean (and Japanese, and increasingly Chinese) work culture is pure misery. Low pay, long hours, bullying bosses -- the trifecta!
      May 6
  • Citibank / Data
    bDGE50

    Citibank Data

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    bDGE50more
    Samsung Director of data science in phones division resigned within a year if I remember correctly because he thinks company sucks big time.
    May 4 0
  • Samsung / Product LwdI24
    Can attest to this. SEA sucks as well.
    May 10 3
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      I was in SRA.
      May 10
    • Samsung / Product LwdI24
      I've worked with teams in SRA too
      May 10
    • Pure Storage puree
      Hello 566 i sent you a private message. Could you please check
      May 30
  • Uber koloo
    Why the hell did u pick Samsung over original fang offer?
    May 5 3
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      Ya good point. I wasn’t very TC focused at that point and really liked the team at Samsung. It was a horrible mistake on my part.
      May 5
    • Kohl’s got-
      At what level were you at samsung ?
      May 5
    • Uber koloo
      Which of fang? Amazon?
      May 5
  • Amazon chipndl
    Having FANG offer, but decline and accept Samsung for lesser pay? Something doesn’t quiet add up
    May 4 1
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      I did do that. It was an Amazon offer @ 263k. Samsung offer was 228k including sign on. It came a bit late but I didn’t join Samsung. Could have said no to Samsung still. I wasn’t very TC focused at that point and really liked the team I was going to join at Samsung.
      May 4
  • TuneIn WsvF24
    LOL 2 years back? If it's the worst decision what made you be there that long. Masochist?
    May 4 1
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      I started looking for job post 1 year when I realized they just want to lowball employees. Preparing takes time and job search moves slowly.
      May 4
  • Grab mklf
    I heard you but you gave us only what we already know. It's called growing pain. Take your lessons and congratulations on your new job!
    May 4 0
  • Samsung / Eng
    not-a-Kim

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    not-a-Kimmore
    Does anyone know whether Samsung tries to “reclaim” the sign on bonus or LTIP (given in lieu of RSUs to some) when an employee leaves before the vest time schedule is up?
    May 19 3
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      Yes but that period is usually 1 Yr for signing bonus. Terms should be in ur offer letter.
      May 19
    • Samsung / Eng
      galaxy-10

      Samsung Eng

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      galaxy-10more
      What about renewals given after the 1 year period? Looks like there is a clawback for everything. Does Samsung collect the money owed if the employee leaves before the clawback term is completed?
      May 20
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      I didn’t get any new reward after 1 Yr. I got some peanuts which was in initial offer letter. You pay it back pro rate if u leave before 2 Yr.
      May 21
  • Kohl’s got-
    how much is the bonus at samsung ?
    May 5 2
    • Samsung / Project CxMv51
      depends on your level. starts at 20%, director 30%, sr. director 40%
      May 5
    • Samsung 566;)effyw
      OP
      Base salary + 20% bonus = shit TC.
      May 5
  • Microsoft OqDv32
    What was your level and role in Samsung?
    5d 0
  • Qualcomm RYlh03
    SARC is shithole too
    May 10 0
  • Qualcomm RYlh03
    Samsung GPU/SARC?
    May 4 0
  • Apple TimAppl
    Thanks for the enlightenment.
    May 4 0

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