Cypress Semiconductor

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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
236 Reviews
3.3
236 Reviews
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
T. J. Rodgers
166 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Good place to Intern to build solid skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company has a lot going on, so you will definitely find a variety of technologies and developments that are interesting, allowing you to gain first hand experience.

    Cons

    Company has a lot going on, so people seem stressed out to the max. People putting in massive hours to be able to accommodate scheduling, and sometimes not being able to give their full cooperation to specific tasks due to being booked on too many things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good compnay for young engineers to grow

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

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

    Pros

    Best place for young engineers to grow. Cypress forces everybody to write memos, which will help young engineer as that will indirectly forces them to learn more. ESPP price gets locked for 2 years so during shaky economy this can turn into a big gain.

    Cons

    Payscale is lower than competitive. New product development is more of an accident than savvy planning. Company new product idea is all about being lucky as they take hit and miss approach with 15-20 new products at a time with a hope of 3-4 products can into a big hit.

    If you are with a product group that misfires then it can bring serious stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cypress do have talent but they are not always used properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I worked for Cypress in San Jose for 7 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Manager, Wafer Fab & Sort in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Production Manager, Wafer Fab & Sort in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I liked the physical environment, salary, benefits and the talented, competent coworkers.
    Team atmosphere was good for the most part. I admired TJ Rodgers for his willingness to invest in his employees through offsite training or outside trainers brought in to give people the skills they need to succeed. This extends to providing discounted PC's for personal use, and tools and equipment needed on the job.
    Christmas parties, summer picnics, and "theatre parties" were good morale boosters (I can only speak for the 1990's)

    Cons

    Too many meetings and too much time preparing for meetings, detracting from time remaining to do actual work.
    Atmosphere in meetings was sometimes hostile, definitely worse than what my be considered "normal".
    Favoritism practiced by middle management allowed for the development of "cliques" and resentment at the lower levels. A single failure to meet the clearly stated, objective goals usually resulted in career-limiting consequences, particularly if you had all the tools and training you needed at your disposal (see pros)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to listen to all sides before trying to resolve conflict.
    Cut back on the frequency of meetings, particularly those that require time consuming collection of data in preparation.

    TJ - I love you buddy, but sometimes you need to take a deep breath and count to 10 before reacting!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Engineering focused company

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to gain technical knowledge and business expertise. Skilled and dedicated engineers. Good benefits and profit sharing (company was often criticized by wall street for quantity of employee stock compensation). Design and manufacturing experts in the company. CEO loyal to employees.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities limited as the company has not grown significantly in many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify more market areas where Cypress could grow. PSOC was a great success, what is in the pipeline that could be as good or better?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company Review

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you have a process background

    Cons

    Strong Culture, Suffocating processes, No vision for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customer is King

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    They say Jump! You better say How High?

    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Things 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay, long hours

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of autonomy in decision making

    Cons

    Work life balance, misalignment of goals with executive management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less overhead/process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technical people but management is terrible

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee morale determines the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good engineering environment

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    benefits/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.

    Cons

    excessive 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Focus 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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