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
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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Internally driven company focused on keeping CEO happy

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Good compensation packages - specially options
    - Strong documentation system to capture learnings
    - Quarterly bonus system to keep track of goals
    - CEO is committed (in his own way) to make the company successful

    Cons

    - Internal driven (no focus on markets) culture. Company has been stuck at ~800M for years due to this
    - Everything is driven by one person (CEO), he demands and people follow
    - Looking good in front of the CEO is the order of the day this includes telling stories
    - Process and compliance focus. many policemen and system around to watch you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great, fun job with good people but unrealistic management expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer Member of Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer Member of Technical Staff

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

    Pros

    Very competitive salary. Company and president takes care of its people

    Cons

    Systems very encumbering, causing development delays and missed market timing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steamline the processes so that things can get done more quickly. Avoiding all possible errors is not humanly possible and trying to do so by continually adding more checks and procedures serves only to lengthen time to market and employee frustration. Taking reasonable chances will get the company much farther than trying to avoid all problems and errors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    operator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    short work week, long days off

    Cons

    it is hard work, mandatory overtime

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Top Heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Open culture
    Benefits
    At least the individual contributors are super nice and you get to a point where they are almost an extended family.
    Great place to be the first few years cause you will learn a lot but past that you're wasting your time.

    Cons

    Way too top heavy. How can you go to battle with 10 generals and 2 soldiers? Doesn't make sense.
    Unless you have a manager who can buffer you it's a harsh and aggressive place to work.
    Very few actually get the deserved promotion/raise unless you quit.
    Way too political. They contradict their core value about politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim upper management.
    Hire management that have expertise in their field instead of solely relying on natural talent and unproven track record record.
    Stop kissing TJ's behind and do what is right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at Cypress Semiconductor in Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Field Sales in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay, Lots of Customers, Interesting Products, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Extremely Engineering Arrogant Organization, Most of the time people are focusing more on making themselves look good to management rather than working hard. A culture of looking over your shoulder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN TO CUSTOMERS! Cypress products and marketing should take customer priorities into account. Dont tell your customers what they need, ASK your customers what they need and modify your engineering efforts to support that.

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

    Product Design Engineer

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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 3 years

    Pros

    You will learn what a company should look like. The computerized documentation system for new product introduction is the best I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    Highly unstable department configuration. For tactical reasons the company reorganizes very quickly when product line begin to fail. The inside political fighting is very vicious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put all specs on spreadsheet forms. The existing documentation system that I developed for NPI vsystems needs to be fullly automated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Many learning opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Planner  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Planner in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Never boring; constantly new challenges and work is definitely not confined to repetitive tasks. Employees are encouraged to keep learning and improving processes and procedures

    Cons

    Very demanding and is more suitable for young single professionals than people who require good work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Facilitate a company wide anonymous survey to understand how the employees feel about the job demands and to understand the work life balance sacrifices that are needed to meet the job demands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor part-time

    Pros

    Lots of independence
    Interesting product lines
    Lots of inovation
    fast paced, exciting

    Cons

    TJ obedience
    Sucking up to management
    Brainwashing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimize TJ pleasing and more on engineering

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved it

    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Very transparent. There was very little hierarchy. Much of your success was proportional to the quality of your work rather than perceptions.

    Cons

    Everyone wants to be TJ. And most people at the top put on that persona in a corp meeting.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very process driven, but great management visibility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Access to senior management and information transparency. Constantly challenged.

    Cons

    Process burden is high. A lot of time can be spent on pleasing the top brass.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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