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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
225 Reviews
3.2
225 Reviews
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
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 21 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 experience at Cypress, well organized, conscientious people, very performance driven

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Program Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership
    High Visibility
    Performance Driven
    Apolitical
    Good People
    Document System is Excellent

    Cons

    Searching for new niches and a new brand beyond Memories
    Excessive Meetings and reviews
    Constantly preparing for reviews and meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have strong leadership but you must search for new products, a new brand.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work Hard, Play Hard

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is good (I work in a satellite office), projects are interesting, and pace is fast

    Cons

    For a company that prides itself on its lack of bureaucracy, there is quite a lot of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of "shutdowns," and use some common sense when it comes to ROI decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Highly document driven and process driven company

    Cons

    More focus on documentation quality than product quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees for performance

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  5.  

    Driven Company with good rewards

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you are smart and work hard you get rewarded. Compensation for the top performers is very good. If you perform, you are given more responsibility. Cypress has a variety of product types and the work is interesting.

    Cons

    Company is going through a transformation and it can be difficult at times as things change quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wider sharing of the company vision within the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but stuck in the past and going nowhere

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Very smart, hard working colleagues
    Constant management to the bottom line; this company will likely survive long term as a result
    Good core products that support the rest of the company
    Clearly defined (and implemented) corporate goals and processes
    Good communication of corporate status and short term goals from CEO on down

    Cons

    Constant management to the bottom line has resulted in a shrinking experienced US engineering workforce, and an expanding offshore junior workforce. You must routinely sacrifice your evenings and weekends in order to make a difference here.
    Senior management that knows how to produce commodity hardware, but no clue about software production - which is a real product differentiator
    CEO that manages based on 1990s standards and practices; result is a waterfall development process with a death march for nearly every major project milestone
    Lack of innovation provides no real opportunity for this company to grow long term
    Too much "paperwork" and process overhead that seems to adds little product value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company/management is far more internally "political" than they will admit to.
    Stop focusing on Ops/expenses (achieving quarterly profits) as the long-term survival strategy. Explore more new product opportunities in order to grow.
    Stop producing software like hardware, they're very different.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cypress hires only the best engineers, others no so much!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding compensation, great people, challenging projects, cutting edge technology, great opportunities for NCG's to grow their technical toolbox, very strong marketing team

    Cons

    Upper management struggles with critical decision making. Constant re-organization - I've had no less than 10+ managers in the 10+ years working here. Cutting edge technology divisions are struggling financially. Sales and Marketing team is way too lean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify - don't put all your eggs in one giant basket.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay and stock benefits

    Cons

    Negative people
    Yelling and cursing at employees from top down
    You will do nothing but work in your life here
    Overloaded processes make it impossible to get anything done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Worked all around at the back end and coordinated assembly activities with the supervisor for a better production output

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    Former Employee - Back Lead  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Back Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Policy and procedures of the company was highly followed by all employees with equal opportunities for every one

    Cons

    lay-off some employees due to relocation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep all good worker employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Autocratic Management Style

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

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

    Pros

    Dedicated people. Strong team oriented culture at lower levels in the company. Very good training programs.

    Cons

    There is too much micromanagement. Once upper management makes a decision it's final. It's very difficult to get a poor decision reviewed, analyzed and changed. Lengthy product development cycles have limited company growth. Bonuses are not always paid timely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make use of your people’s knowledge and experience when developing business plans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I've ever worked for (20+ years in industry)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, ESSP plan, profit sharing.

    Cons

    Atmosphere of management by fear starts from the top, and is followed down the chain.
    Schedules are impossible to meet
    Core values of company seem to apply only to individual contributors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell it like it is. If a schedule is impossible. Say it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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