Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
T. J. Rodgers
27 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. Helpful (6)

    Operationally efficient with low innovation and growth

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Mature Industry, so a lot to learn in the first year
    Work in lots of areas at early stage of career with complete ownership
    Lot of mergers, acquisition and takeovers to acquire market leadership

    Cons

    American company with Indian Govt style Bureaucracy
    Overkill processes stifle innovation and increase time to market of products

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement is not the best style of Management
    EVPs should stand up against CEO in cases where he is wrong


  2. Helpful (1)

    Wafer FAb Operator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wafer Fab Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Wafer Fab Technician in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor

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

    Pros

    Great work Schedule. 3-4 days off a week. Big company, plenty of benefits that start on your first day.

    Cons

    Long hours. Factory Work with caustic chemicals. No help in moving up. Resistance from management if you try to get ahead. They want you doing your job and nothing else. Constantly cutting off computer functions you might want for your job, all in an effort to stop people from getting on the internet. Raises are very uncommon. Basically a cost of living increase every 18 months.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Good luck

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, stock, seemingly professional work environment, potential to get noticed for very hard work. If you have a related degree or a lot of related experience, you will do well.

    Cons

    For operators without a degree who work very hard, success is based on luck. Some people can advance, but most are stuck where they are for their Cypress career. High School-like environment and very clueless management. In all fields, you will see people that barely do anything and are always gone, still keeping their jobs. People who are very hard workers will have work/projects piled on them and will be criticized if they don't keep pulling the company's weight. Raises for most are awful. Unless you are one of the lucky ones, you will get 1% raises and 2 or 3 shares of stock a year. Also constant training classes, MANDATORY overtime and constant 2-hour video-chat meetings with an egotistical CEO that even wastes time bragging about his favorite football team. If you really care about the company you work for, they will work you to death. If you don't care, they will keep giving you paychecks.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair and listen to the people in the fab. A lot of you ignore what's blatantly obvious and keep worthless people around because they are another body. Production supervisors are too scared to punish, maintenance and engineering supervisors wanna hear themselves talk and make empty promises, managers locally and in California look down from their thrones and scream when things aren't perfect. HR let's people do whatever they want as long as they turn in a Doctor's note when they're done.


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  5. OK place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor

    Pros

    people there are good and knowledgeable

    Cons

    don't like the CEO. Very self centered


  6. Helpful (9)

    Volatile place to work. But good benefits

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Time to leave

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Good product, just need to have good management practices

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

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

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

    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 Management

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


  9. good first job

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

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

    Pros

    benefits, workout room, co workers

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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


  10. challenging and demanding work environment

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

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

    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 Management

    treat people the way you would want to be treated.


  11. Helpful (1)

    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



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