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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
235 Reviews
3.2
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
T. J. Rodgers
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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
  • Work life balance, misalignment of goals with executive management (in 22 reviews)

  • If you have to deal with upper management learn to live in fear (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Your work will matter, and if you perform, you will thrive

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

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

    Pros

    -You are given meaningful work after a brief training period
    -You are expected to perform. People looking to coast should not even interview here.
    -You get to personally sign off on what you will deliver, so if your work-life balance is out of whack, you have no one to blame but yourself. If you want to work hard and out-perform others, you will be noticed and rewarded accordingly. If you are in a period where life needs more time, that's usually OK too, just don't expect to get as good of a raise as a peer that had more output than you.
    -Benefits are better than average.

    Cons

    -Salary is often not competitive. HR tries to spin it off such that the overall compensation is competitive, but now that the stock price is not as volatile as it was in the past, the ESPP program is no longer as valuable to employees as it once was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture can often be too rough around the edges, to the point that it lacks professionalism. That largely comes from the CEO. Putting the fear of god in people is required at times, but that card gets played too often in my opinion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company culture

    • 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

    Performance oriented, lot of opportunities exist for lateral growth, focused pricing team if you want to learn the pricing skills for B2B products

    Cons

    Need to be very proactive to keep up, else it will be really difficult to move ahead in Cypress culture; Sometimes, it tends to be very team focused, leading to other teams fighting for each other.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Company culture

    • 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

    Pros

    Precision questioning and answering, Lots of opportunity for lateral growth

    Cons

    Not many benefits, Should be seen with the senior management a lot

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Volatile place to work. But good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for employees, especially medical insurance. Lots of overtime when production is behind. This makes up for lower wages paid. Good people on the shop floor.

    Cons

    TJ Rodgers is full of himself. Has a Napoleanic complex. He is a talented man, but trusts no one. Micro manages everyone in the company. Very arrogant upper management. No opportunity for long term employees to advance in pay and position. Those employees who have been promoted are often reduced in pay and position for no other reason than spite and company decisions to keep them humble. Lack of respect for employees and management by upper management and TJ Rodgers. They cuss and swear and use fowl language to employees. Treat them as inhumans. A very bad, negative, condesending attitude toward workers and management. They expect perfection beyond what anybody can do. Very demanding culture. Short staffed often and expect miracles to happen. No way to grow in pay unless you are very political with the immediate supervisor to get a "merit pay increase." Very political. Very unfair. They use lots of temporary employees and do not make them direct hires to save money and the cost of benefits. Very immoral way to treat people. They are often very good employees. Profit over justice and fairness. The only people that really count is upper management, not the common employee. They look out for themselves and victimize the production people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to treat their employees with respect. Get back to direct hires. No temps. Offer a way to grow after employees hit the top of the pay scale/career path. Realize that people are human. Make realistic demands. Become a company that cares about the people that work there. Not just words. Not just the Chairman and upper management. End the attitude of entitlement for upper management. People are not "disposables." They are what makes the company run in the end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Time to leave

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of structure for NCGs to learn and to not make mistakes. Plenty of training and a sense of comradery.

    Cons

    Experienced engineers not allowed freedom to act, freedom to decide, freedom to work the way it suits them. Immense program mgmt oversight that is referred to as the Gestapo! So you can understand why that isn't seen as a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's either time for change - get out of the 80's and 90's style of management - or employees will choose in ever increasing numbers to leave. There is literally an epidemic of good talent leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good product, just need to have good management practices

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Have great products, can be a real game changer for Cypress and their customers.

    Cons

    Way too political in a bad way. Too controlling. Too much de-incentivizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about all of your employees. Make them feel like they all matter, not just the upper layer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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