Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated August 7, 2015
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
T. J. Rodgers
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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 (3)

    Great Overworked People

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Cypress there is a great team atmosphere of people who are willing to assist if they can. The knowledge base is huge and there are a lot of intelligent people making tough decisions every day.

    Cons

    Even with all the knowledge, the company is crippled with the inability to think at growing into a company who is competing in the current industrial standard. State of the art products are ran on old machines that require constant maintenance to keep above 65% efficiency. Saving a $ is top priority, saving time and stress is not a priority. "Work smarter, not harder" is said but when the smarts come out, the ideas are crushed into long drawn out meetings that end with no real progress.

    Advice to Management

    Take a chance and listen to your workers. If they barely have time to see their family in between shifts, maybe headcount is too low compared to the work load. It is not an oddity to work 65+ hours a week for some of the 8-5ers


  2. My personal review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides freedom to take decisions If certain things are not done correctly then you can change it Transparency

    Cons

    A lot of processes for everything Takes a lot of time to do things, which should have been done easily, due to the processes

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on processes


  3. Helpful (4)

    Interesting work, good people. Questionable pay practices. Only for the thick-skinned.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer Principal in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer Principal in Lynnwood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for junior engineers to become proficient in a variety of engineering skills. Coworkers are bright / skilled.

    Cons

    Management has a general disdain for the engineering ranks. Questionable pay practices. The mandatory bonus program holds 10% of your base pay hostage until the end of each quarter. Cypress only has to pay back 20% of the pay-in, So the "bonus" program sometimes turns into a quarterly pay cut. Check every paycheck. Mistakes are made regularly.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Sucks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good for new hires, lot of exposure

    Cons

    low salary, horrible work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect and dignity, pay them competitive salary and create work life balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Learning Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cypress offered a lot of opportunities. It is a small enough company that your voice can be heard, but large enough to have plenty of growth options.

    Cons

    Aggressive company culture. Starting at the CEO level, the senior management was involved in micro-managing certain day-to-day activities.

    Advice to Management

    Less micro-management from the top. Determine when a situation is appropriate to get excited and escalate your emotions and when it is ok to keep a level head.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Cypress still pays out annual merit based (ranking) stock compensation and pay raises.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is high , a lot of over head in PM system and managing executive board room communications.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy and overhead , reduce number of sites - projects with 8 sites around the world trying to work together is a drag on efficiency.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Love & Hate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer - Design
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer - Design
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's so dynamic, open for growth, every day is a new challenge, get to learn new things and work on different project. So hard to get bored.

    Cons

    Long hours, stress, pressure, work-life balance is hard to maintain


  9. Sr. Layout Design Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good to work with this company

    Cons

    Work life balance in this company

    Advice to Management

    More benefit especially for health


  10. Working for Cynot too exciting and not too bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    there is room for filing patents There is room for development and publications Company respect social events and family life

    Cons

    Very strict lengthy management process Very slow decision making sometimes


  11. Been working at cypress for over 10 years as Product engineer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Lynnwood, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Give you chance to make change at your small level. the moto is to follow spec or change it

    Cons

    Everything comes from top, what ever the CEO says is worshiped

    Advice to Management

    Do more 1 on 1 where focus is employer growth in the company and not what are working on



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