Sam­sung in Sil­i­con Val­ley to re­cruit IT work­ers

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Baek Byung-yeul [email protected]­re­

SAN JOSE — Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics has be­come a global leader in the semi­con­duc­tor busi­ness, ac­count­ing for the largest mar­ket share in the en­tire chip mar­ket in 2018. The back­ground of such suc­cess came from its ef­fort to se­cure more skilled work­ers in Sil­i­con Val­ley where the world’s top IT tal­ents are gath­ered, the firm said Fri­day.

Sam­sung’s De­vice So­lu­tions Amer­ica (DSA), the U.S. head­quar­ters of the firm’s mem­ory busi­ness unit, has been run­ning var­i­ous busi­nesses in Sil­i­con Val­ley rang­ing from mar­ket­ing, sales and re­search & de­vel­op­ment. What is as­ton­ish­ing is the of­fice build­ing, which was newly built in 2016, has been of­fer­ing top-class ben­e­fits to its em­ploy­ees.

“The 10-story build­ing is the sub­ject of envy of em­ploy­ees of nearby global IT firms such as Google and Ap­ple for its en­hanced fa­cil­i­ties,” said Oh Jong-hoon, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Sam­sung DSA.

“The build­ing has three out­door gar­dens and is equipped with var­i­ous kinds of sports fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing ten­nis courts, bas­ket­ball courts, vol­ley­ball courts and fit­ness cen­ters.”

Oh said Sam­sung DSA is as old as the his­tory of Sam­sung’s semi­con­duc­tor busi­ness as it was es­tab­lished in 1983 when it pro­duced its first 64-kilo­bit chip.

To be­come a sus­tain­able leader in the chip busi­ness, Oh said pro­vid­ing qual­ity ben­e­fits to its em­ploy­ees is the bare es­sen­tial to sur­vive in com­pe­ti­tion with global IT firms such as Ap­ple, Google and Face­book.

“In Sil­i­con Val­ley, we can hire top tal­ents that are hard to find in Ko­rea,” Oh said. “Com­pared to the head­quar­ters of Ap­ple, Google and Face­book, our build­ing is small. How­ever, we have been try­ing to pro­vide qual­ity ben­e­fits to our em­ploy­ees so we can re­cruit more job­seek­ers.”

The din­ing hall of the fa­cil­ity is also the high­est qual­ity among Sil­i­con Val­ley firms, Oh said. “We have a to­tal of 14 sta­tions, mean­ing em­ploy­ees can en­joy a va­ri­ety of food op­tions rang­ing from Korean, Ja­pan- ese, Chi­nese, In­dian, Mex­i­can, Amer­i­can and even a sta­tion for fresh juice. Ev­ery em­ployee here is very proud of the din­ing hall,” Oh said.

There are more than 1,100 em­ploy­ees at the DSA head­quar­ters, in­clud­ing 400 from sales and mar­ket­ing de­part­ments, 600 from R&D and 150 from the Sam­sung Strat­egy and In­no­va­tion Cen­ter (SSIC). In the nearby town in Moun­tain View, Sam­sung is also op­er­at­ing an­other R&D unit Sam­sung Re­search Amer­ica, ded­i­cated to the study of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) tech­nol­ogy.

En­ter­ing the head­quar­ters, a se­cu­rity ro­bot that is equipped with sen­sors and cam­eras comes into sight. Sam­sung said a to­tal of three ro­bots in the park­ing lot are mon­i­tor­ing the area sur­round­ing the build­ing for 24 hours.

Also, the build­ing is pow­ered with 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy in a bid to re­duce its car­bon foot­print.

Cour­tesy of Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics

Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics’ De­vice So­lu­tions Amer­ica head­quar­ters in San Jose

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