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Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
228 Reviews
3.2
228 Reviews
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
T. J. Rodgers
160 Ratings

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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
  • Work life balance, misalignment of goals with executive management (in 21 reviews)

  • Upper management- thinks intimidation/ bullying and swearing is the best way to manage people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Volatile place to work. But good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tech/Operator in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Tech/Operator in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for employees, especially medical insurance. Lots of overtime when production is behind. This makes up for lower wages paid. Good people on the shop floor.

    Cons

    TJ Rodgers is full of himself. Has a Napoleanic complex. He is a talented man, but trusts no one. Micro manages everyone in the company. Very arrogant upper management. No opportunity for long term employees to advance in pay and position. Those employees who have been promoted are often reduced in pay and position for no other reason than spite and company decisions to keep them humble. Lack of respect for employees and management by upper management and TJ Rodgers. They cuss and swear and use fowl language to employees. Treat them as inhumans. A very bad, negative, condesending attitude toward workers and management. They expect perfection beyond what anybody can do. Very demanding culture. Short staffed often and expect miracles to happen. No way to grow in pay unless you are very political with the immediate supervisor to get a "merit pay increase." Very political. Very unfair. They use lots of temporary employees and do not make them direct hires to save money and the cost of benefits. Very immoral way to treat people. They are often very good employees. Profit over justice and fairness. The only people that really count is upper management, not the common employee. They look out for themselves and victimize the production people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to treat their employees with respect. Get back to direct hires. No temps. Offer a way to grow after employees hit the top of the pay scale/career path. Realize that people are human. Make realistic demands. Become a company that cares about the people that work there. Not just words. Not just the Chairman and upper management. End the attitude of entitlement for upper management. People are not "disposables." They are what makes the company run in the end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Time to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of structure for NCGs to learn and to not make mistakes. Plenty of training and a sense of comradery.

    Cons

    Experienced engineers not allowed freedom to act, freedom to decide, freedom to work the way it suits them. Immense program mgmt oversight that is referred to as the Gestapo! So you can understand why that isn't seen as a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's either time for change - get out of the 80's and 90's style of management - or employees will choose in ever increasing numbers to leave. There is literally an epidemic of good talent leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good product, just need to have good management practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Have great products, can be a real game changer for Cypress and their customers.

    Cons

    Way too political in a bad way. Too controlling. Too much de-incentivizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about all of your employees. Make them feel like they all matter, not just the upper layer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    good first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fab Operator in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Fab Operator in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    benefits, workout room, co workers

    Cons

    low pay, no room for advancement, on feet all day, 12 hour shifts, job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay employees more money seriously a company that makes close to a billion a year pays workers near minimum wages some people have worked on the production floor for 10-15 years only get 5-6 more dollars than a new employee your basically going to get less than a 50 cent raise every year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    challenging and demanding work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot if you are ok with no work life balance.

    Cons

    It is a very stressful environment. They are always cost cutting and trying to do more with less bodies.
    The finance group in particular has had over 50% turnover in the past few years. They lose people and do not replace them and expect the rest of group to pick up the workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people the way you would want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work lots of politics

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor

    Pros

    solid finance experience, hands-on work

    Cons

    high turnover rate, no stability

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but stuck in the past and going nowhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Very smart, hard working colleagues
    Constant management to the bottom line; this company will likely survive long term as a result
    Good core products that support the rest of the company
    Clearly defined (and implemented) corporate goals and processes
    Good communication of corporate status and short term goals from CEO on down

    Cons

    Constant management to the bottom line has resulted in a shrinking experienced US engineering workforce, and an expanding offshore junior workforce. You must routinely sacrifice your evenings and weekends in order to make a difference here.
    Senior management that knows how to produce commodity hardware, but no clue about software production - which is a real product differentiator
    CEO that manages based on 1990s standards and practices; result is a waterfall development process with a death march for nearly every major project milestone
    Lack of innovation provides no real opportunity for this company to grow long term
    Too much "paperwork" and process overhead that seems to adds little product value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company/management is far more internally "political" than they will admit to.
    Stop focusing on Ops/expenses (achieving quarterly profits) as the long-term survival strategy. Explore more new product opportunities in order to grow.
    Stop producing software like hardware, they're very different.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Autocratic Management Style

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Dedicated people. Strong team oriented culture at lower levels in the company. Very good training programs.

    Cons

    There is too much micromanagement. Once upper management makes a decision it's final. It's very difficult to get a poor decision reviewed, analyzed and changed. Lengthy product development cycles have limited company growth. Bonuses are not always paid timely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make use of your people’s knowledge and experience when developing business plans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Internally driven company focused on keeping CEO happy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Good compensation packages - specially options
    - Strong documentation system to capture learnings
    - Quarterly bonus system to keep track of goals
    - CEO is committed (in his own way) to make the company successful

    Cons

    - Internal driven (no focus on markets) culture. Company has been stuck at ~800M for years due to this
    - Everything is driven by one person (CEO), he demands and people follow
    - Looking good in front of the CEO is the order of the day this includes telling stories
    - Process and compliance focus. many policemen and system around to watch you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Top Heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Open culture
    Benefits
    At least the individual contributors are super nice and you get to a point where they are almost an extended family.
    Great place to be the first few years cause you will learn a lot but past that you're wasting your time.

    Cons

    Way too top heavy. How can you go to battle with 10 generals and 2 soldiers? Doesn't make sense.
    Unless you have a manager who can buffer you it's a harsh and aggressive place to work.
    Very few actually get the deserved promotion/raise unless you quit.
    Way too political. They contradict their core value about politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim upper management.
    Hire management that have expertise in their field instead of solely relying on natural talent and unproven track record record.
    Stop kissing TJ's behind and do what is right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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