Cypress Semiconductor

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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
236 Reviews
3.3
236 Reviews
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
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Pros
  • Like most families, there is bickering, but in-all, the work environment is positive (in 15 reviews)

  • Great stock options ( not anymore though- at least at the entry level ) (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Sorry you have no life here, hence no meaning to work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • If you have to deal with upper management learn to live in fear (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    there is no pros for Cypress

    Cons

    totally chaotic, 100% mismanaged, self centered CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    completely change the management structure and hire new people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cypress is in trouble - the CEO has lost it and nobody has the courage to tell him.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor

    Pros

    They used to be generous with stock, but now only VPs get a lot. They have two fun movie parties per year.

    Cons

    People are treated rudely, there is almost no work/life balance, and the company is not growing so advancement isn't good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone has to have the guts to tell the CEO when he's wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    principle engineer

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    US company and still remain US culture

    Cons

    bad management and move all position to India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to many speaker without work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a very good experience.

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    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employees are very smart.

    Cons

    Considerably too much paperwork and procedure.
    I worked nights and weekends. Bank on 50 hrs/wk, minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the Agile Project Method.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Cons far out-weigh the Pros

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free tennis shoes and semi-lab booties and bunny suit for working at Cypress.
    Sporadic/intermittent group training sessions with free lunch provided.

    Cons

    I was recruited for Cypress by an out of state recruiter(OnPoint Staffing) as a contractor. When I reported for work - my payroll was messed up and I was told that my rate would pay $10/hr less than my offer letter stated - and so after working with HR and payroll it took about three weeks to get this all ironed out.

    Next, my semi-lab operator customer, who was to define the changes to the specific semi processing equipment user interfaces that I was to change - never showed up to meetings - and so my team-leader told me to just clone code changes that had been done by a prior contractor for other semi processing equipment to the remaining semi processing equipment user interfaces. I suspect the semi-lab operator customer was new and was NOT familiar enough with his new fab machines to support the specification process. The entire process was entirely AD-HOC in terms of the Capability Maturity Model.

    The coffee in the break room tasted like battery acid - and the cafeteria was like a soup kitchen out of the Great Depression and the lunch room was too gross to eat in as the place was swarming with humungous horse flies.

    When I used the common laser printer to print about five pages of personnel items, I was chided about using the printer for this small amount of personal items and the supply cabinets were empty, so I resorted to buying my own spiral binder and other supplies for taking ON THE JOB training notes.

    There were NOT many veterans to seek out for technical guidance and the one I managed to find advised that as soon as he received stock options executions as part of his benefits he would immediately sell the CY(Cypress Semi) stock.

    My project ended prematurely when my Cypress consulting shop - OnPoint Staffing - filed for Ch.7 bankruptcy protection and my payroll checks bounced for the last couple of weeks, I worked at Cypress. Moreover, there were NO monies for OnPoint Staffing to send out W-2's for tax preparation purposes, and so I had to go through a tedious process of reconciling my pay stubs to generate my own grand totals and then filling out a special form to report to the IRS when your employer can NOT provide W-2's. In addition, there is another tedious process you have to go through with Social Security to get your FICA/MediCare with-holdings credited as well, when your employer(OnPoint Staffing on behalf of Cypress) goes bankrupt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cypress Semi in Bloomington, MN is a disaster - the moral stinks - no-one who is professional wants to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and stock benefits

    Cons

    Negative people
    Yelling and cursing at employees from top down
    You will do nothing but work in your life here
    Overloaded processes make it impossible to get anything done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I've ever worked for (20+ years in industry)

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, ESSP plan, profit sharing.

    Cons

    Atmosphere of management by fear starts from the top, and is followed down the chain.
    Schedules are impossible to meet
    Core values of company seem to apply only to individual contributors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell it like it is. If a schedule is impossible. Say it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Cypress, A Religon All it's Own--If you join this company, leave your Christian Values behind--Prepare to be brainwashed

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    Former Employee - Principal Analog Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Analog Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Original Company Core Values respectable and correct--corrupted over time by self-seeking company managers

    Cons

    The Company does not respect the personal values of it's employees. Lying, subterfuge, and cover-up is expected from employees, so as to proliferate management " tall tales" on issues throughout the company. If one stands by thier principles and tells the truth regarding company issues, one is told what to say, such that it matches the "story" management wishes to tell. If one refuses to just "go-along" with the dictated "story", one gets the privilidge of attending countless meetings on the subject of the "story", pursued and told to "conform" to management's line, much like one would endure in a Communist re-education camp.
      I once attended no less than 10 "meetings" as described above, all with the intent of wearing me down so I would just accept management's "version" of the facts on an issue. This is much like brainwashing.
      HR simply reinforces Management's "tales" and behaviors. Cypress cannot handle the truth....worse, the Company does much psycological damage to all that must work there.
      I escaped to a better job. I hope all that hate the above behaviors can get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Examine yourselves, your behaviors, and change them into something respectable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Former Engineer - A Very Dysfunctional Organization in Bloomington Minnesota!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits is just standard.
    You can learn a lot.
    Lots of talented people (but being used as a slave).
    Cultural diversity.
    Work location closed to Mall of America.

    Cons

    Compensation is terrible. Work load ratio is 5:1. Management sucks. Competition is not healthy.

    I spent years in this company. In the beginning there were lots of enthusiasm and energy because I thought this is a good company to inspire one's passion. However, overtime things degraded from bad to worst when the management are scrambling on how to make TJ happy - and this became the only motto of the company. Nothing else. Very frustrating.

    The organization in Bloomington is very dysfunctional, currently ran by a former navy "rescue" guy who doesnt know anything but to intimidate people and full of BS. An operation guy on "roids" who loves to pull up a lot of power trips and do lots of self promotions. This place is RUN BY POLITICIANS and kiss up people who only knows how to survive TJ's wrath. And that's all they know. Management is not the only problem, the HR is as also very dysfunctional who doesnt have any human factor in dealing with people. HR worked for the management, they dont care about the rest of the people and that's a fact. The performance review process is really terrible - It is really based on how good you kiss up with your boss. If your boss dont like you then start looking for a job because sooner or later you'll end up at the bottom. A lot of good actors/actresses in this company. Very difficult to know who is your enemy and who is your real friend. People love to gossip and start a rumour and that's very frustrating and it's a fact. 2 to 3 people leave this place every month and the HR/management dont care because the mentality is they can replace anybody anytime. People are loud - always trying to make a statement that they are better than everybody else. Really, the competition is based on how loud you are, and you'll be rewarded if you have this kind of attitude. Every meeting reviews are like courthouse, anything you say will be used against you and in contempt - It's terrible. Management ask too much things to do and they think it's easy - seriously!

    Lots of good companies out there. Based from my frustrating experience, I would not want to waste my time with Cypress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking on how to motivate your people by looking on the human factors of management. All you care is keeping your own job and looking on numbers. Too much politics. Too much BS. Too much favoritism. Change your performance review based on accomplishments, loyalty, attitude, and quality. All you know is only looking on the quantitative side of the job. This is the reason why every day the life in Cypress is only to survive. The management in this place dont have any vision at all. Section managers dont have balls to stand up for their people. Stop compromises. Stop ruining people's lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Probably the worst job ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting technology, interesting CEO with good core values on paper. Stock options, ESPP, RSUs were good, got worse, might get better.

    Cons

    Company core value claims to "deplore" politics. The reality is the opposite. TJ, surrounds himself with yes-men. The most recent VP is notorious for being obsequious in public to the CEO that it's embarrassing. It's not even yes-TJ - it's always yessir.

    The most interesting product (core PSOC) doesn't really work. USB is boring and in decline. Memories are boring and in rapid decline. Anyone who points out problems in any business gets shoved to the side and out.

    It doesn't matter how bad or good you are. You should be a yesman (no women appear to be allowed) and be a CY NCG hire. Outsiders get all the abuse and blame.

    CEO pushes to move to being a "systems and solutions" company, but doesn't let anyone who understands systems and solutions to even speak in front of him. His obsolete ideas on SRAM are used as a model for logic design and fw/software design.

    Everything is done by rote and checklist based on decades old obsolete waterfall strategies which might work if you're designing transistors (SRAM), but they don't apply to systems and solutions which are built iteratively. There are periodic fits of initiatives - the current one being Design Win Replication, which means if big customer asks for a particular solution, they try to rebuild it for that customer's competition as a generic part. Customer problems get reviewed all the time in the board room and heads roll frequently.

    TJ will issue a mandate, VPs follow it blindly and 6 months later TJ will forgot he set it up a recent way and VPs will scramble to go back to the old way. Weeks are lost preparing for these meetings, with all levels of employees on call and standby to be verbally abused and questioned by the CEO himself on problems years old.

    A chinese or indian engineer got fired once as he didn't understand english and annoyed TJ on the call. Oh, you better understand american foosball, as TJ is a Packers fanatic thinks that somehow that's relevant to chip design.

    The VP of HR isn't an HR person - he's another old employee who's drifted from one project to another. He's cut stock grants and RSUs to the bone, complicated the hiring and firing processes to the point where it might take 6 months to hire someone in a low cost region, but only after you fire someone in a higher cost region. Salaries are by design at the average market point or a little below, but they want to hire "only the best." New college grads are reviewed by the VP staff and must be at least at the top in the grades, but have to accept average salaries.

    Worst job ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Same advice you give to everyone else: "Fix it. Right now. Or your fired!"

    Since this is a family channel, I've censored the language. The lingua franca of Cypress is replete with four letter words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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