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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
236 Reviews
3.3
236 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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  2. 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Autocratic Management Style

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

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  6.  

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

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

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tough but fair

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

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

    Pros

    Change occurs quickly
    Good management visibility, good access to the company vision
    Energetic environment
    Great Stock / Variable comp
    Sometimes it feels like you are working on the wrong things

    Cons

    TJ's way or the highway
    Pressure to perform
    Lowish base pay
    Difficult working environment if you don't like harsh language
    Focus changes with the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plot a longer term course of action

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great, fun job with good people but unrealistic management expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than an 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
  11. 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 (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

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