Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Old company that can't learn new tricks.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

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

    Pros

    1) Undoubtedly good experience for new college grads.
    2) Being in an environment with smart peers who are all local experts.
    3) Everyone communicates well, not just execs, sales & marketing, but also all HW/SW/FW engineers, et al.
    4) A definite chance to work on multiple projects, often wearing multiple hats, which provides great value to CY individual contributors than say larger companies.

    Cons

    1) Absolutely hostile and aggressive management chain. Prepare for abundant swearing and raised voices.
    2) Incredibly lean workforce to a detrimental degree (morale at an all-time low). There's a saying that for every engineer, there are two managers telling him/her what to do (often with conflicting instructions).
    3) Tough work-life balance - often working early mornings, late nights, and weekends depending on the global team you're working with.
    4) Company does not exchange old processes for efficiency, be it software, documentation, etc. Plenty of bureaucracy slams on suggestions by fresh hires such that the old process stays after multiple rounds of attempted improvement.
    5) Process overhead and strict top-down management does not promote innovation.

    Overall, if you want to climb the ladder, be highly aggressive. But you can be certain that you'll leave your peers/friends behind with them scowling at you.

    Advice to Management

    Make some of your projects and processes agile. Introduce better enterprise software so that workforce isn't constantly struggling with slow systems.


  2. Worked for Cypress for 21 years. Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They have very Good Benefits

    Cons

    I do not like to Gown up

    Advice to Management

    Better Communication


  3. Sr. Layout Design Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor

    Pros

    Good to work with this company

    Cons

    Work life balance in this company

    Advice to Management

    More benefit especially for health


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  5. Been working at cypress for over 10 years as Product engineer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Lynnwood, WA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Give you chance to make change at your small level. the moto is to follow spec or change it

    Cons

    Everything comes from top, what ever the CEO says is worshiped

    Advice to Management

    Do more 1 on 1 where focus is employer growth in the company and not what are working on


  6. Never get bored

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good people, good pay, busy days

    Cons

    sometimes the pressure of working can be too high


  7. Helpful (4)

    Good luck

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, stock, seemingly professional work environment, potential to get noticed for very hard work. If you have a related degree or a lot of related experience, you will do well.

    Cons

    For operators without a degree who work very hard, success is based on luck. Some people can advance, but most are stuck where they are for their Cypress career. High School-like environment and very clueless management. In all fields, you will see people that barely do anything and are always gone, still keeping their jobs. People who are very hard workers will have work/projects piled on them and will be criticized if they don't keep pulling the company's weight. Raises for most are awful. Unless you are one of the lucky ones, you will get 1% raises and 2 or 3 shares of stock a year. Also constant training classes, MANDATORY overtime and constant 2-hour video-chat meetings with an egotistical CEO that even wastes time bragging about his favorite football team. If you really care about the company you work for, they will work you to death. If you don't care, they will keep giving you paychecks.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair and listen to the people in the fab. A lot of you ignore what's blatantly obvious and keep worthless people around because they are another body. Production supervisors are too scared to punish, maintenance and engineering supervisors wanna hear themselves talk and make empty promises, managers locally and in California look down from their thrones and scream when things aren't perfect. HR let's people do whatever they want as long as they turn in a Doctor's note when they're done.


  8. Good for Freshers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor

    Pros

    Can work on Hardware and Software
    Good for freshers up to 2 years

    Cons

    Poor managements
    work - life balance not good.


  9. OK place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor

    Pros

    people there are good and knowledgeable

    Cons

    don't like the CEO. Very self centered


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Company culture

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

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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.



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