Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Principal engineer becomes Paperwork engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very much a procedure oriented company.

    Cons

    Following directions at any cost!

  2. Most of my experience in the Semiconductor industry was gained at Cypress and will forever be in their debt.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Positive Teaching environment, lifelong relationships were nurtured there.

    Cons

    Over the years the bottom line has become more of a factor then loyalty to their employees.

  3. Design Co-op

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Design Co-op
    Current Intern - Design Co-op

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly working environment. Helpful mentor.

    Cons

    The company is kind of slow-paced

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  5. Helpful (1)

    principle engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    US company and still remain US culture

    Cons

    bad management and move all position to India

    Advice to Management

    to many speaker without work

  6. Glass is Half Full

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    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

    Working in an ultra high tech company presents lots of challenges but when you are surrounded by smart hardworking individuals anything is possible.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is difficult to see the difference between whats important and what is urgent.

    Advice to Management

    People, people, people they are your best asset make sure they know it and they are appreciated. I once read "Employees who feel valued gladly will compete in the race, overtake the competition, cross the finish line first, and end up on the medal stand."

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not a very good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    The employees are very smart.

    Cons

    Considerably too much paperwork and procedure.
    I worked nights and weekends. Bank on 50 hrs/wk, minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the Agile Project Method.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great experience at Cypress, well organized, conscientious people, very performance driven

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  9. Cons far out-weigh the Pros

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Software Consultant in Bloomington, MN
    Former Contractor - Software Consultant in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free tennis shoes and semi-lab booties and bunny suit for working at Cypress.
    Sporadic/intermittent group training sessions with free lunch provided.

    Cons

    I was recruited for Cypress by an out of state recruiter(OnPoint Staffing) as a contractor. When I reported for work - my payroll was messed up and I was told that my rate would pay $10/hr less than my offer letter stated - and so after working with HR and payroll it took about three weeks to get this all ironed out.

    Next, my semi-lab operator customer, who was to define the changes to the specific semi processing equipment user interfaces that I was to change - never showed up to meetings - and so my team-leader told me to just clone code changes that had been done by a prior contractor for other semi processing equipment to the remaining semi processing equipment user interfaces. I suspect the semi-lab operator customer was new and was NOT familiar enough with his new fab machines to support the specification process. The entire process was entirely AD-HOC in terms of the Capability Maturity Model.

    The coffee in the break room tasted like battery acid - and the cafeteria was like a soup kitchen out of the Great Depression and the lunch room was too gross to eat in as the place was swarming with humungous horse flies.

    When I used the common laser printer to print about five pages of personnel items, I was chided about using the printer for this small amount of personal items and the supply cabinets were empty, so I resorted to buying my own spiral binder and other supplies for taking ON THE JOB training notes.

    There were NOT many veterans to seek out for technical guidance and the one I managed to find advised that as soon as he received stock options executions as part of his benefits he would immediately sell the CY(Cypress Semi) stock.

    My project ended prematurely when my Cypress consulting shop - OnPoint Staffing - filed for Ch.7 bankruptcy protection and my payroll checks bounced for the last couple of weeks, I worked at Cypress. Moreover, there were NO monies for OnPoint Staffing to send out W-2's for tax preparation purposes, and so I had to go through a tedious process of reconciling my pay stubs to generate my own grand totals and then filling out a special form to report to the IRS when your employer can NOT provide W-2's. In addition, there is another tedious process you have to go through with Social Security to get your FICA/MediCare with-holdings credited as well, when your employer(OnPoint Staffing on behalf of Cypress) goes bankrupt.

    Advice to Management

    Cypress Semi in Bloomington, MN is a disaster - the moral stinks - no-one who is professional wants to stay.

  10. Work Hard, Play Hard

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly document driven and process driven company

    Cons

    More focus on documentation quality than product quality

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees for performance

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