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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
243 Reviews
3.2
243 Reviews
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director 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
  • Sorry you have no life here, hence no meaning to work-life balance (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.  

    Engineering focused company

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    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
  2.  

    Time to leave

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    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
  3.  

    Focused on quality and very results driving culture, great place for ncg

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Eng in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Eng in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    8-6pm work schedule
    Excellent people: worried about the overall health of the company instead of cranking out a million power point foils to make themselves look good. Honest hard working and commented.
    Everything is visual via the memo system: nice for a new ncg

    Cons

    Company is large and many people calling into meetings from around the world even on routine meetings, makes office in san jose seem quite and non busy - however this is not true

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good product, just need to have good management practices

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    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
  6.  

    Company Review

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you have a process background

    Cons

    Strong Culture, Suffocating processes, No vision for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customer is King

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good first job

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    Former Employee - Fab Operator in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Fab Operator in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    benefits, workout room, co workers

    Cons

    low pay, no room for advancement, on feet all day, 12 hour shifts, job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay employees more money seriously a company that makes close to a billion a year pays workers near minimum wages some people have worked on the production floor for 10-15 years only get 5-6 more dollars than a new employee your basically going to get less than a 50 cent raise every year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    They say Jump! You better say How High?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    - fast pace
    - great coworkers
    - latitude for trying new ideas
    - recognition for work

    Cons

    - lower pay than other local tech/medical device companies
    - very high turnover . . . seems to chip at morale
    - many mandates - required overtime, furloughs, required 8AM in the door start time, no distance working or flexibility. does not have a contemporary tech business feel.
    - all of my stock options which are part of my "total compensation package" are worth $0 at current market price. yes, $0.
    - low to no capital expenditure at Minnesota site - squeeze process/mfg engineers for more out of marginal equipment (see high turnover/burnout comment above). No capital plan or roadmap.
    - culture of delaying equipment repairs until things are really broke and then squeeze maintenance/equipment staff (see high turnover/burnout comment above)
    - hyper tactical management
    - out of date 'Focal' employee ranking system, they use a stacked employee ranking system where you are pitted against your coworkers. learn to play this game.
    - quarterly bonus based on 'critical success factors' (tasks or project based items). You may have unachievable goals set -or- task completion is it out of your span of control to complete. Too bad for you! often successful completion of said factors leads to effectively working overtime . . . and if you divide your hours spent by the payout . . . you are getting robbed. again, learn to play this game.
    - long hours for many people - but for some people, that's a pro (!)
    - some are not happy with new vacation policy (see mandates comment above...). If you want to save up vacation for a big trip home or other travel need - look elsewhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things have actually improved in my time there, keep trying!
    Focus on what is going well - people are very, very, very aware of what is not going well...so why spend time on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    challenging and demanding work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot if you are ok with no work life balance.

    Cons

    It is a very stressful environment. They are always cost cutting and trying to do more with less bodies.
    The finance group in particular has had over 50% turnover in the past few years. They lose people and do not replace them and expect the rest of group to pick up the workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people the way you would want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good pay, long hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of autonomy in decision making

    Cons

    Work life balance, misalignment of goals with executive management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less overhead/process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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 (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

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