Synopsys

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Synopsys Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
509 Reviews
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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.  

    Overall decent, but, not up to par with the valley's new generation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong and stable management. People have deep histories and connections and difficult to break through some ranks. Company itself is very well managed and rock solid in financial and technical sense. Complex technical problems are aplenty to work on. The company attracted superstars a while ago, and some are still there due to the captive nature of EDA industry.

    Cons

    Limited mobility internal as well as external. If you fall out with the current lot, you just can't leverage your experience and domain knowledge due to the pool being so small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain people decisions are hard to digest given that management should know everything about the contributions and quality of a person over time - especially for the long timers. An engineer who invests his self for that many years, should not need to do self-marketing to grow. It is a pretty nice place otherwise. Cliques are unavoidable, but, at least keep track of the people who don't belong to any and do take care of them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work with.

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

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

    Pros

    It has intelligent engineers to work with. Most of them are open and friendly. The compensation and bonus is competitive in the industry.

    Cons

    As software company, the compensation is not as high as other industry software companies, like Google and facebook. In EDA, it is good. Some groups has a little more political issues than the other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Synopsys

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, great senior management with honest communication about vision, strategy and challenges

    Cons

    Incapable manager that slowed down innovation and doesn't care about customer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to learn - not so great place to earn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Durham, NC

    I worked at Synopsys as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Intelligent and experienced people to work with.
    Helpful mentors and managers.
    Excellent work-life balance.
    Learning pace is set by employee and not supervisor.
    People believe in values of the company.
    Friendly atmosphere.
    Management values employees and seeks individuals with core values and ideologies.
    Excellent leadership.

    Cons

    Pay seems a bit on lower side.
    Not many fresh graduates joining in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the branding of Synopsys from conservative payer to a more liberal one.
    Increase in incentives might lure many fresh graduates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I worked at Synopsys as an ASIC/logic design engineer (1998-2002)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of smart co-workers; all the EDA tools,licenses, and computing power you could ever ask for; relaxed work environment; good salary and benefits; occasional employee parties/functions to keep people from getting burned out due to spending all of their days in their cubicles; access to free training on Synopsys tools.

    Cons

    long hours; company continually re-organized (at least back in those days); commutes were long due to silicon valley overcrowding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i was happy working at Synopsys and don't have any advice for the corporate management. my issues had more to do with living and working in silicon valley, and that's why i left the company to move away from California.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, low pressure

    Cons

    No raise or career advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    OK

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to leading edge semiconductor technologies and circuit design.

    Synopsys is the most financially sound EDA company, and the caliber of co-workers is high.

    Cons

    Limited career growth and below average job satisfaction due to the highly reactive nature of a career in EDA. This isn't specific to Synopsys, though. It is characteristic of the EDA industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aid employees in finding career development opportunities.

    The salary structure is a mystery. Even if your product group exceeds revenue goals the annual bonus / incentive pay is unpredictable.

    Mgmt is aware of employees' hard work and over-time hours. Proactively reward / recognize employees' accomplishments rather than wait for them to resign from Synopsys.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Well managed, stable and respected company

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

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

    Pros

    The company has strong financials and is the market leader in most areas of the industry. They sometimes maintain this leadership through acquisitions but do a good job of integrating new companies and technologies. In general the staff is intelligent, hard working and customer focused.

    Cons

    Legacy products and bureaucratic tracking systems can make it difficult to satisfy customer requirements. The development and support teams are global, requiring many late evening meetings which can interfere with work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Company with good work/life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment, friendly colleagues. Company allows remote work which is big plus.

    Cons

    Not much increase in salary over the years and not too much personal growth.

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

    Stable and filled with good people

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

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

    Pros

    For such a large company there are an extremely high proportion of truly nice people who are enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    It's hard to move up once you get to a moderately senior position, but it's also very easy to stay put and have good quality of life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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