Synopsys

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Synopsys Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
526 Reviews
3.7
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You don't get lots of work to do as the products are pretty stable, which means good work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Provide good work-life balanced and flexible work environment (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • gt;) Limited opportunities for growth (in 14 reviews)

  • Expectations are little high at-least in our team, breaking work life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not work in Synopsys HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    None None None None None

    Cons

    Traditional, Not innovative, tons of politics, No Talent mobility,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good company to work in.

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, working environment is very good. Work time is flexible and people are very friendly. Has many electrical cars in the compus.

    Cons

    Not many chance to learn.

  3.  

    Appraisal process in certain CAE groups is a sham

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Limited work pressure, good company if you are amongst the ones who just wants to glide through

    Cons

    Appraisal process is a big sham in IG CAE groups. There's no correlation between the feedback you receive and evaluation of your performance by your peers. This is indeed very disappointing. You can receive excellent peer feedback and yet have a stagnated career, just because your management doesnt like you. In my previous company, we had a 360 degree feedback system where the feedback about the managers was collected from the reports and provided to the managers for bettering their performance. However, in Synopsys, there's nothing like a 360 degree feedback system, only your managers can evaluate you, your opinon of your managers does not matter, They are ridiculously empowered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give engineers a fair opportunity to evaluate the managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not recommend a CAE role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff CAE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff CAE in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Staff is mostly friendly
    No micromanagement
    Work from home is not encourage, but permitted (privileges depend on whether you are in good books of the VP)

    Cons

    Left the company as the work is boring and there is no growth or appreciation for the CAE work in IG CAE org.
    Sucking up helps in this company
    Poor bonuses and salary increments compared to the industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to reduce the bureaucracy and recognize and reward real talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Peformance evaluations/reviews/appraisals in Synopsys, a BIG BOGUS

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

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

    Pros

    -A reasonably stable company
    -Allows working remotely and flex time
    -If you are titled "CAE" and you dont perform, be rest assured that you wont be fired.
    If you are titled "CAE" and are among the performers, be rest assured you will not be rewarded in anyway.
    All CAEs in Synopsys are put into one big bucket when it comes to performance evaluation

    Cons

    -Peformance evaluations/reviews/appraisals in Synopsys are a BIG BOGUS
    -opportunities for professional growth and career advancement are extremely extremely limited
    -There are plenty of folks in our CAE groups who clearly have no work charter, they just come to work browse, chat and go home and the management is perfectly fine with that.
    -Managerment is clearly looking for yes men.
    -Sadly, dissenting opinions and people are squashed. Join this company ONLY if you pledge to always agree with your manager
    -Poor paymaster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is stagnating, management needs a shakeup.

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

    Ad-hoc management, hard work is not recognised

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff CAE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff CAE in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    I have been working for Synopsys for 11 years.
    Company has a very good executive management.
    work/life balance is pretty decent

    Cons

    Middle management (especially in the CAE side) is poor and stagnant.
    Most managers are technically competent, but are old school and lack management skills
    Managers (at least in our group) behave very differently with their management versus with their reports. Disagreement is NOT appreciated.
    You have to literally suck up to your manager to be in good books.
    There is not much room for career growth for the CAEs.
    Lack of recognition for good work is prominent in all groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a direct channel of communication with individual contributors to get a realistic feedback about the managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A sad "Yes Boss" policy in IG CAE Business Unit

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CAE II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CAE II in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy work environment
    Good talent in R&D organization
    If you are a slacker, you dont need to worry in the IG CAE organization (slacking is ignored here)
    Industry leader

    Cons

    Its not surprising that most reviews about the company from Mt View Synopsys are not positive:
    The IG CAE Organization firmly believes in "Yes Boss" policy, if you disagree with the management, you are either doomed or on your own.
    Bonus distribution and career growth is "certainly" not performance based, Bonus amount rather distributed equally among the employees
    Growth potential in IG CAE organization is next to none, also mentioned in other reviews.
    Very little emphasis on quality of work, quantity is appreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get some new blood in IG CAE middle/upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Relaxed work environment, but expect no career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff CAE in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Staff CAE in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    All in all a stable company, but does not have much growth potential due to the nature of the industry
    Provides a good work/life balance, mostly an un-stressed work environment
    Talented engineering staff
    A good place to work if you want a laidback work environment

    Cons

    CAEs are underpaid
    No incentives/awards/recognitions for good work. rather the awards are randomly distributed in the organization.
    Like mentioned in other reviews, career growth and promotion opportunities almost do not exist. Promotions in the synthesis CAE organization are politically driven.
    Big chunks of bonuses are awarded to the managers, most individual contributors are granted peanuts. Again, bonuses are NOT performance driven. The money pool is equally distributed among the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide recognition and incentives for good performers (message to the IG CAE management), else the company will start losing them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Uninspiring opportunities and business philosophy

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

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

    Pros

    Safe. A good place to wait for retirement. Core business is growing at 3% and very predictable with the 3 year lease model

    Cons

    Growth is predominately by acquisition, which leaves little opportunity for career growth. Most of the people I worked with were B and C players: the A players had moved on to more exciting opportunities. Most upper management had been in the same position for more than a decade. There were a lot of silos in the back-office support..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try organic growth, and improving internal efficiencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good and Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Pros

    Aart, he was very good as a motivator and his high work ethics and morals during my employment.

    Cons

    Very hard to get promoted, becoming a govt agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to common employee, get their feedback.
    Need to do more M&A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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