Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. Company on the move up

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Technically challenging work. Intelligent colleagues that are willing to help. Results focused environment with frequent opportunities to learn and interface with other groups in the Fab.

    Cons

    A little fear-based motivation to get things done. Lots of paperwork required after the merger with Spansion Inc, but the Fab has not been impacted too bad. Change may be coming.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with bringing younger employees in and educating them. Don't 'drag out the adoption of Cypress systems


  2. Helpful (3)

    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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Don

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None in the pros category.

    Cons

    Management shows disrespect and wastes the time of the employees. Experience matters a lot as even a dumb experienced guy is worth than an intelligent smart less experienced guy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't waste the time of the employees.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Operationally efficient with low innovation and growth

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Mature Industry, so a lot to learn in the first year
    Work in lots of areas at early stage of career with complete ownership
    Lot of mergers, acquisition and takeovers to acquire market leadership

    Cons

    American company with Indian Govt style Bureaucracy
    Overkill processes stifle innovation and increase time to market of products

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement is not the best style of Management
    EVPs should stand up against CEO in cases where he is wrong


  6. Tough but enrichin

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Well organized systems and processes
    2. Hard working, smart people
    3. Tough as nails management

    Cons

    1. Overhead of systems/processes sometimes makes it too bureaucratic
    2. Decision making power is concentrated and centralized

    Advice to Management

    Cut bureaucracy.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Old style company, abusive culture, no respect for employees

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of documentation, good teleconference tools around the world. Nice people at working levels.

    Cons

    No employee and customer focus. Company operating around CEO. Abusive management and bad languages used frequently. 8am policy is hard for working families with young kids. Processes, memos and specs are overkilling. Groups compete against each other instead of doing right things for the company. Little collaboration between groups. No work and life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees and customers. Don't let good people leave. Think of big picture and do the right things for the company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  9. Good Opportunity and Growth

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

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology & great reputation

    Cons

    Lean organization & not enough time to get the work done!

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep your Great employees!


  10. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer Member of Technical Staff in India, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer Member of Technical Staff in India, TX

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, good, awesome, fantastic , great

    Cons

    Tough, smart, process driven, strict, result driven

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. 1 year

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A good learning place where employees are given flexibility to work wherever they want

    Cons

    nothing so far worth sharing



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