Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
T. J. Rodgers
26 Ratings

Pros
  • Good work environment good management (in 15 reviews)

  • Employee benefits includes stock options (in 14 reviews)

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

  • Once upper management makes a decision it's final (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Old style company, abusive culture, no respect for employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of documentation, good teleconference tools around the world. Nice people at working levels.

    Cons

    No employee and customer focus. Company operating around CEO. Abusive management and bad languages used frequently. 8am policy is hard for working families with young kids. Processes, memos and specs are overkilling. Groups compete against each other instead of doing right things for the company. Little collaboration between groups. No work and life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees and customers. Don't let good people leave. Think of big picture and do the right things for the company.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Please don't waste your time here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No pros at all while working here

    Cons

    1)They do not treat employees like human beings but like machines. No respect whatsoever for employees.
    2)Lot of stress which makes job satisfaction ZERO. No work life balance.
    3)Less pay
    4)No new ideas. Just the same boring stuff over and over again.

    Advice to Management

    Management is not used to listening to advice.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Toxic work environment with ineffective management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is very little to be discussed here. Cypress Semiconductor provides a chaotic work environment that can for some prove to be a challenge. The reality of the situation at Cypress Semiconductor is employees subjecting themselves to unnecessary stress and toxic culture.

    Cons

    1) No work life balance
    2) Abusive Management (TJR)
    3) Systems are broken
    4) Lack of innovation
    5) Atrocious Employee Morale

    Advice to Management

    Kick TJ Rodgers to the curb, dump his executive team of sycophants and bring in fresh blood. The company has stagnated over the course of the last 15 years, instead of innovating the company has continued to cut expenses and drive for increased efficiency with fewer headcount.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Run away from Cypress

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good to gain experience if you are a fresh grad
    2. Colleagues are very nice and smart

    Cons

    1. 8am policy meaning everyone starts working at 8am
    2. Company is running out of ideas to grow revenue.
    3. Very hostile leadership style
    4. Departments waste a lot of energy to compete among themselves instead of competing with other companies
    5. Very low pay and no growth opportunity


  6. Helpful (3)

    Old company that can't learn new tricks.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Undoubtedly good experience for new college grads.
    2) Being in an environment with smart peers who are all local experts.
    3) Everyone communicates well, not just execs, sales & marketing, but also all HW/SW/FW engineers, et al.
    4) A definite chance to work on multiple projects, often wearing multiple hats, which provides great value to CY individual contributors than say larger companies.

    Cons

    1) Absolutely hostile and aggressive management chain. Prepare for abundant swearing and raised voices.
    2) Incredibly lean workforce to a detrimental degree (morale at an all-time low). There's a saying that for every engineer, there are two managers telling him/her what to do (often with conflicting instructions).
    3) Tough work-life balance - often working early mornings, late nights, and weekends depending on the global team you're working with.
    4) Company does not exchange old processes for efficiency, be it software, documentation, etc. Plenty of bureaucracy slams on suggestions by fresh hires such that the old process stays after multiple rounds of attempted improvement.
    5) Process overhead and strict top-down management does not promote innovation.

    Overall, if you want to climb the ladder, be highly aggressive. But you can be certain that you'll leave your peers/friends behind with them scowling at you.

    Advice to Management

    Make some of your projects and processes agile. Introduce better enterprise software so that workforce isn't constantly struggling with slow systems.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Corporate environment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    there is no pros for Cypress

    Cons

    totally chaotic, 100% mismanaged, self centered CEO

    Advice to Management

    completely change the management structure and hire new people.


  8. Helpful (7)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    principle engineer

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    US company and still remain US culture

    Cons

    bad management and move all position to India

    Advice to Management

    to many speaker without work


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not a very good experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Look at the Agile Project Method.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Horrible place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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



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