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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
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  1. Focused on quality and very results driving culture, great place for ncg

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    Current Employee - Eng in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Eng in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    8-6pm work schedule
    Excellent people: worried about the overall health of the company instead of cranking out a million power point foils to make themselves look good. Honest hard working and commented.
    Everything is visual via the memo system: nice for a new ncg

    Cons

    Company is large and many people calling into meetings from around the world even on routine meetings, makes office in san jose seem quite and non busy - however this is not true

  2. Good compnay for young engineers to grow

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    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    I worked for Cypress in San Jose for 7 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    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!

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  5. Company Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you have a process background

    Cons

    Strong Culture, Suffocating processes, No vision for growth

    Advice to Management

    Customer is King

  6. challenging and demanding work environment

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

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot if you are ok with no work life balance.

    Cons

    It is a very stressful environment. They are always cost cutting and trying to do more with less bodies.
    The finance group in particular has had over 50% turnover in the past few years. They lose people and do not replace them and expect the rest of group to pick up the workload.

    Advice to Management

    treat people the way you would want to be treated.

  7. Good pay, long hours

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of autonomy in decision making

    Cons

    Work life balance, misalignment of goals with executive management

    Advice to Management

    Less overhead/process

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great technical people but management is terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Highly talented engineers, technical learning. You get thrown into the thick of it, are responsible for components quickly.

    Cons

    Management values guys who can talk BS more than real work. Too much importance to project management as opposed to creative thinking, innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale determines the success of the company.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Marketing Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great experience and great exposure

    Cons

    Work long hours and there is a 8-5 policy

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of layers

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Co-Op Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Co-Op Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company focuses a lot on processes and documentation. The good thing is that there is plenty you can learn from people by reading about their work, and grow.
    The San Jose office, being headquarters, expects a more formal culture. I'm not a big fan of wearing formal shirts and socks matching with shoes.

    Cons

    Hiring process is not the best, especially for new grads.
    It takes a long long time to get used to the "Cypress" way of doing things, some of which are quite unnecessary.

  11. Helpful (7)

    Marketing Communications

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

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely hardworking and excellent staff; much of the desire to continue at Cypress is based on the relationships developed over time. Archive of all documents very helpful for consistency of projects and historical knowledge.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional and highly political organization -- CEO, while brilliant and very successful, leads the company by intimidation. Goal alignment and strategy change frequently leaving employees in the dark.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency between upper management and employees, plus empowerment of middle-tier staff to approve budgets and execute programs.

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