I worked at Samsung Group full-time for more than a year
Pros – Competitive salary and bonuses (joining and annual)
Cons – I was a project leader for almost two years and i strongly recommend people to stay away from Samsung Research America, specially researchers due to the following reasons.
1. There is no independence and everything needs to be approved by HQ in South Korea. Upper management in South Korea thinks in terms of hardware and they do not understand software. They are old people with poor understanding of technology and all decisions are taken based on what other US companies are publicly doing
2. People from HQ steal many project ideas as they need to approve them. They will say “please do not work on this item idea because we are already working on it at HQ”. Then, they will ran back to HQ and create a project based on your idea or team idea. HQ stole to big projects from my team in just two years.
3. Similarly HQ will also steal the patents generated by you or your team and i have known some instances in which patents submitted from usa to south korea for approval come back with different author names.
4. Finally, since all funding comes from HQ your managers at Samsung research america (usa) will be powerless after all the abuses you suffer.
In summary, Samsung is a follower company, following the work of leading companies such as apple and this is so embedded in their culture that they even follow and steal ideas from each other within the company.