Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Good luck

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    • 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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


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  5. Helpful (3)

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

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    • 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.


  6. Company culture

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    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.


  7. Company culture

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Precision questioning and answering, Lots of opportunity for lateral growth

    Cons

    Not many benefits, Should be seen with the senior management a lot


  8. Helpful (9)

    Volatile place to work. But good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech/Operator in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Tech/Operator in Bloomington, MN

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for employees, especially medical insurance. Lots of overtime when production is behind. This makes up for lower wages paid. Good people on the shop floor.

    Cons

    TJ Rodgers is full of himself. Has a Napoleanic complex. He is a talented man, but trusts no one. Micro manages everyone in the company. Very arrogant upper management. No opportunity for long term employees to advance in pay and position. Those employees who have been promoted are often reduced in pay and position for no other reason than spite and company decisions to keep them humble. Lack of respect for employees and management by upper management and TJ Rodgers. They cuss and swear and use fowl language to employees. Treat them as inhumans. A very bad, negative, condesending attitude toward workers and management. They expect perfection beyond what anybody can do. Very demanding culture. Short staffed often and expect miracles to happen. No way to grow in pay unless you are very political with the immediate supervisor to get a "merit pay increase." Very political. Very unfair. They use lots of temporary employees and do not make them direct hires to save money and the cost of benefits. Very immoral way to treat people. They are often very good employees. Profit over justice and fairness. The only people that really count is upper management, not the common employee. They look out for themselves and victimize the production people.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to treat their employees with respect. Get back to direct hires. No temps. Offer a way to grow after employees hit the top of the pay scale/career path. Realize that people are human. Make realistic demands. Become a company that cares about the people that work there. Not just words. Not just the Chairman and upper management. End the attitude of entitlement for upper management. People are not "disposables." They are what makes the company run in the end.


  9. Good compnay for young engineers to grow

    • 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Best place for young engineers to grow. Cypress forces everybody to write memos, which will help young engineer as that will indirectly forces them to learn more. ESPP price gets locked for 2 years so during shaky economy this can turn into a big gain.

    Cons

    Payscale is lower than competitive. New product development is more of an accident than savvy planning. Company new product idea is all about being lucky as they take hit and miss approach with 15-20 new products at a time with a hope of 3-4 products can into a big hit. If you are with a product group that misfires then it can bring serious stress.

    Advice to Management

    Cypress do have talent but they are not always used properly.


  10. Helpful (3)

    I worked for Cypress in San Jose for 7 years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Manager, Wafer Fab & Sort in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Production Manager, Wafer Fab & Sort in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked the physical environment, salary, benefits and the talented, competent coworkers. Team atmosphere was good for the most part. I admired TJ Rodgers for his willingness to invest in his employees through offsite training or outside trainers brought in to give people the skills they need to succeed. This extends to providing discounted PC's for personal use, and tools and equipment needed on the job. Christmas parties, summer picnics, and "theatre parties" were good morale boosters (I can only speak for the 1990's)

    Cons

    Too many meetings and too much time preparing for meetings, detracting from time remaining to do actual work. Atmosphere in meetings was sometimes hostile, definitely worse than what my be considered "normal". Favoritism practiced by middle management allowed for the development of "cliques" and resentment at the lower levels. A single failure to meet the clearly stated, objective goals usually resulted in career-limiting consequences, particularly if you had all the tools and training you needed at your disposal (see pros)

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to all sides before trying to resolve conflict. Cut back on the frequency of meetings, particularly those that require time consuming collection of data in preparation. TJ - I love you buddy, but sometimes you need to take a deep breath and count to 10 before reacting!


  11. Helpful (2)

    Time to leave

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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