Cypress Semiconductor

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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
224 Reviews
3.2
224 Reviews
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great stock options ( not anymore though- at least at the entry level ) (in 14 reviews)

  • Like most families, there is bickering, but in-all, the work environment is positive (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, misalignment of goals with executive management (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management- thinks intimidation/ bullying and swearing is the best way to manage people (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technical people but management is terrible

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly talented engineers, technical learning. You get thrown into the thick of it, are responsible for components quickly.

    Cons

    Management values guys who can talk BS more than real work. Too much importance to project management as opposed to creative thinking, innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee morale determines the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good engineering environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    benefits/pay/stock, work from home, "cypress university" training programs. documentation/publishing and work/project reviews first seem excessive, but you learn essential project management skills applicable everywhere.

    Cons

    excessive red tape, strict "goal" oriented bonus (miss quarter goal by one day and you lose bonus points - this leads to a spectrum of dishonest reporting wherever possible). not having a 401k match is a downer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dedicated engineers, focus on "staying lean" can backfire.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Focus on the bottom line -- company is in a pretty stable financial situation.
    Engineers are passionate about what they're doing.

    Cons

    Focus on finances means company always runs lean. In practice this means trying to do too much with too little. Obvious consequences include: poor communication, folks are stretched too thin; too many "top priorities", management says things like "we have three #1 priorities" fairly regularly; Leads to some angry customers, if they're not a high-value customer support can be hit and miss; Getting anything done is much harder than a reasonable person would expect, CEO, EVPs, and middle managers feel free to stick their nose in and make a big stink, but they don't all want the same things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    there is no pros for Cypress

    Cons

    totally chaotic, 100% mismanaged, self centered CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    completely change the management structure and hire new people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Marketing Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Great NCG program where new college grads get pretty good training.

    Cons

    Compemsation is average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great experience and great exposure

    Cons

    Work long hours and there is a 8-5 policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of layers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Cypress is in trouble - the CEO has lost it and nobody has the courage to tell him.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor

    Pros

    They used to be generous with stock, but now only VPs get a lot. They have two fun movie parties per year.

    Cons

    People are treated rudely, there is almost no work/life balance, and the company is not growing so advancement isn't good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone has to have the guts to tell the CEO when he's wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to learn

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    Former Employee - Co-Op Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Co-Op Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The company focuses a lot on processes and documentation. The good thing is that there is plenty you can learn from people by reading about their work, and grow.
    The San Jose office, being headquarters, expects a more formal culture. I'm not a big fan of wearing formal shirts and socks matching with shoes.

    Cons

    Hiring process is not the best, especially for new grads.
    It takes a long long time to get used to the "Cypress" way of doing things, some of which are quite unnecessary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Very structured, process and data driven company.

    Cons

    overhead due to elaborate and complicated procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take more risks

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company for advancement

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High tech, challenging equipment. Definitely result oriented.

    Cons

    A bit heavy on micromanaging/red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep management in check

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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