Cypress Semiconductor

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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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3.1 210 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers

T. J. Rodgers

(148 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Like most families, there is bickering, but in-all, the work environment is positive(in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, misalignment of goals with executive management(in 19 reviews)

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

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    They say Jump! You better say How High?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- fast pace
    - great coworkers
    - latitude for trying new ideas
    - recognition for work

    Cons- lower pay than other local tech/medical device companies
    - very high turnover . . . seems to chip at morale
    - many mandates - required overtime, furloughs, required 8AM in the door start time, no distance working or flexibility. does not have a contemporary tech business feel.
    - all of my stock options which are part of my "total compensation package" are worth $0 at current market price. yes, $0.
    - low to no capital expenditure at Minnesota site - squeeze process/mfg engineers for more out of marginal equipment (see high turnover/burnout comment above). No capital plan or roadmap.
    - culture of delaying equipment repairs until things are really broke and then squeeze maintenance/equipment staff (see high turnover/burnout comment above)
    - hyper tactical management
    - out of date 'Focal' employee ranking system, they use a stacked employee ranking system where you are pitted against your coworkers. learn to play this game.
    - quarterly bonus based on 'critical success factors' (tasks or project based items). You may have unachievable goals set -or- task completion is it out of your span of control to complete. Too bad for you! often successful completion of said factors leads to effectively working overtime . . . and if you divide your hours spent by the payout . . . you are getting robbed. again, learn to play this game.
    - long hours for many people - but for some people, that's a pro (!)
    - some are not happy with new vacation policy (see mandates comment above...). If you want to save up vacation for a big trip home or other travel need - look elsewhere

    Advice to Senior ManagementThings have actually improved in my time there, keep trying!
    Focus on what is going well - people are very, very, very aware of what is not going well...so why spend time on it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay, long hours

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood benefits, lots of autonomy in decision making

    ConsWork life balance, misalignment of goals with executive management

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess overhead/process

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great technical people but management is terrible

    Product Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsHighly talented engineers, technical learning. You get thrown into the thick of it, are responsible for components quickly.

    ConsManagement values guys who can talk BS more than real work. Too much importance to project management as opposed to creative thinking, innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee morale determines the success of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good engineering environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosbenefits/pay/stock, work from home, "cypress university" training programs. documentation/publishing and work/project reviews first seem excessive, but you learn essential project management skills applicable everywhere.

    Consexcessive red tape, strict "goal" oriented bonus (miss quarter goal by one day and you lose bonus points - this leads to a spectrum of dishonest reporting wherever possible). not having a 401k match is a downer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dedicated engineers, focus on "staying lean" can backfire.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFocus on the bottom line -- company is in a pretty stable financial situation.
    Engineers are passionate about what they're doing.

    ConsFocus on finances means company always runs lean. In practice this means trying to do too much with too little. Obvious consequences include: poor communication, folks are stretched too thin; too many "top priorities", management says things like "we have three #1 priorities" fairly regularly; Leads to some angry customers, if they're not a high-value customer support can be hit and miss; Getting anything done is much harder than a reasonable person would expect, CEO, EVPs, and middle managers feel free to stick their nose in and make a big stink, but they don't all want the same things.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Product Marketing Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat NCG program where new college grads get pretty good training.

    ConsCompemsation is average

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery structured, process and data driven company.

    Consoverhead due to elaborate and complicated procedures.

    Advice to Senior Managementtake more risks

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    Marketing Communications

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsExtremely hardworking and excellent staff; much of the desire to continue at Cypress is based on the relationships developed over time. Archive of all documents very helpful for consistency of projects and historical knowledge.

    ConsDysfunctional and highly political organization -- CEO, while brilliant and very successful, leads the company by intimidation. Goal alignment and strategy change frequently leaving employees in the dark.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency between upper management and employees, plus empowerment of middle-tier staff to approve budgets and execute programs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Principal engineer becomes Paperwork engineer

    Design Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsVery much a procedure oriented company.

    ConsFollowing directions at any cost!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Design Co-op

    Design Co-op (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly working environment. Helpful mentor.

    ConsThe company is kind of slow-paced

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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