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Synopsys – Why Work For Us?

Synopsys: Innovation and Beyond 

Synopsys is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, IP and services used in semiconductor design and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and FPGA solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and is located in over 25 countries located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India.

At Synopsys we talk a lot about commitment, and about what it takes to be a great, enduring company. A key element of Synopsys' success is our strong set of core values: Integrity, Execution Excellence and Leadership. We adhere to these principles because they are right, and because they achieve results.

To Our Stockholders, Business Partners And Employees:

At Synopsys we talk a lot about commitment, and about what it takes to be a great, enduring company. A key element of Synopsys' success is our strong set of core values: Integrity, Execution Excellence and Leadership. We adhere to these principles because they are right, and because they achieve results.

Our first commitment is to our customers. Synopsys is dedicated to enabling its customers to design remarkable chips by delivering the most complete semiconductor design solution through a combination of software, services and intellectual property. Customer satisfaction is Synopsys' most critical measure. We track success "one chip at a time."

For its stockholders, Synopsys is committed to managing its business skillfully and in accordance with all legal and ethical requirements, and to reporting its results with accuracy and candor. We believe great companies sustain growth and strong profitability over time, and opt for the long-term health of the enterprise rather than focusing only on short-term gain.

For its employees, Synopsys is committed to fostering an environment that treats people with respect, honesty and professionalism. We strive to develop the best in all of our employees, and to provide an environment that encourages corporate and personal growth.

Finally, Synopsys is committed to partnering with the communities in which we work. Every year, Synopsys reaches out to local communities with resources and employee leadership to support education, science programs and a variety of other activities.

Synopsys is proud to be a technology and community leader. We look forward to sustaining that leadership by fulfilling our commitments with energy, skill and integrity.

Aart de Geus
Chairman and CEO

Inspiring the Next Generation of Technologists 

Synopsys is a leading semiconductor design software company enabling new generations of advanced electronic devices. Our community involvement programs inspire and nurture the next generation of the world’s technologists—many of whom will become our future employees, partners and customers.

Synopsys Community Affairs embodies the company’s values by implementing worldwide philanthropic strategies that strengthen local communities, encourage employee engagement and inspire a new generation of leaders.

Synopsys understands the importance of science and math education, and collaborates with business partners, non-profit organizations and universities to share their knowledge with underserved students. By actively partnering with local organizations, encouraging employee leadership and providing financial donations, our global workforce improves the quality of life and economic vitality in our communities.

Synopsys is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where employees live and work. Each year, the company and its foundations donate more than $2 million in charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations with a strong focus on math and science education. Signature programs promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) at the K-12 level through teacher training in project-based learning and science fairs and competitions such as “sciencepalooza!” Since its inception in 1999, more than 1 million students and teachers have participated in the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Technology Outreach Foundation programs.

The Synopsys Shares program is another important part of the company’s philanthropy and leverages the creative energy of employees to make a positive difference and respond to local needs. Through the program, employees are empowered to organize community service projects and giving campaigns, participate in Synopsys-sponsored volunteer activities, and take advantage of the employee matching gift program to double the impact of their charitable gifts. Each year, employees are involved in more than 150 community affairs activities at offices around the world.

As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor intellectual property (IP), Synopsys offers Internship opportunities to make a significant difference within the walls of our billion-dollar company and upon the world as a whole. It all starts with a culture built on integrity and a commitment to help semiconductor and electronics companies around the world accelerate their innovation. 

Who qualifies as an Intern?
Undergraduate or graduate students (Masters or PhD) who are enrolled on at least a half-time basis at an accredited college or university, or who have graduated within six (6) months of the internship opportunity. Typically, a student should have achieved sophomore status before being considered for an assignment.

A student may be required to provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university program upon request prior to employment. Candidates currently on student visas, (F-1, J or Practical Training), are also encouraged to apply.

Where are Internships located?
Internship opportunities are offered throughout many Synopsys offices worldwide. Available locations include, but are not limited to, Mountain View, CA; San Francisco, CA; Hillsboro, OR; Bangalore, India; Asia-Pac; and various locations in Europe.

What opportunities are offered?
Students may find opportunities in Infrastructure areas such as Information Technology, Enterprise Information Systems, Finance, Legal, Marketing or Human Resources. Research and Development opportunities can be found in the areas of Software Engineering, IP, Verification, Test, Timing, Synthesis, Design for Manufacturing, FPGA or Mixed Signal/Analog.

How long is an Internship?
Average duration of an Internship is three (3) months. Synopsys offers Internship opportunities throughout the year, with most positions available in the summer.

What benefits do Interns receive?
Competitive salary
Holiday pay
Real world work experience and research opportunities
Exposure to EDA and semiconductor IP technology
Opportunity to work with engineering and business experts

How do I find and apply for an Internship?
Please visit our Careers page to access a database that is searchable by type and location. Internships can be found in the Functional Areas under the heading "Intern".

What is the Synopsys University Program?
The Synopsys Worldwide University Program has been providing technology, tools, and resources for teaching and academic research since 1986. By offering industry-leading EDA and semiconductor IP technology at discounted prices to universities worldwide, Synopsys is ensuring that our customers and the industry are fully prepared to meet the design challenges of the future. Please visit the University Program page for more information.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Synopsys in May 2015.


    Applied through employee referral. Was contacted by the team to schedule a phone interview. Was also contacted by HR about an hour after the phone interview to decide a tentative start date etc, although HR made it clear that the Manager was yet to make a hiring decision and would decide in a day or two.

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    • Interview started off by asking me about my experience with Programming, What is the largest code you have written, etc. Questions were mostly software based-was quizzed on many basic software concepts for about an hour and VLSI basics for 10-15 minutes. C/C++: Imagine you have a program that takes in an integer input and you have to print out each digit using a function that can only print one char-how would you do it. Usual questions on Arrays, LinkedLists, Vectors, Hash tables-buckets; Identifying unique elements when using buckets. Questions on Trees-balanced, unbalanced trees, worst case complexity, Methods to balance trees:red-black and AVL trees. Questions on Graphs-Adjacency Lists, Adjacency Matrices. The difference between them and which one to use in what context. Questions on enumerated datatypes and typesorting. Questions about all of the sorting algorithms and which data structures to use to implement each of them, Worst case swap/comparison complexity in each case. Question on how qsort() is implemented in C and how it would sort Records of data. Questions on malloc, stack and heap. The difference between using malloc and declaring a fixed array. Questions on maps-when to use them, what is their advantage. VLSI-questions on latches/flipflops; Assign and always statements in verilog. Questions on Static CMOS and its advantages. Questions on the different types of power dissipation and methods to reduce each of them. Questions on Functions/Procedures/Tasks in Verilog.   1 Answer

Synopsys Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Companies , Forbes, 2009
Employees’ Choice - 50 Best Places to Work , Glassdoor, 2011
The Best Enterprise Software Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2013 ,, 2013
Fortune 500 , Fortune, 2015
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Additional Info

Headquarters Mountain View, CA
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1986
Type Company - Public (SNPS)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Synopsys, Inc. is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world’s 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, and is also a leader in software quality and security testing with its Coverity® solutions. Whether you’re a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest quality and ... More

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