Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Cypress Semiconductor President, CEO, and Director T. J. Rodgers
T. J. Rodgers
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Pros
  • Good work environment good management (in 15 reviews)

  • Employee benefits includes stock options (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Sorry you have no life here, hence no meaning to work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Once upper management makes a decision it's final (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Sucks

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good for new hires, lot of exposure

    Cons

    low salary, horrible work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect and dignity, pay them competitive salary and create work life balance


  2. Helpful (2)

    Don

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    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None in the pros category.

    Cons

    Management shows disrespect and wastes the time of the employees. Experience matters a lot as even a dumb experienced guy is worth than an intelligent smart less experienced guy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't waste the time of the employees.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Operationally efficient with low innovation and growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mature Industry, so a lot to learn in the first year Work in lots of areas at early stage of career with complete ownership Lot of mergers, acquisition and takeovers to acquire market leadership

    Cons

    American company with Indian Govt style Bureaucracy Overkill processes stifle innovation and increase time to market of products

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement is not the best style of Management EVPs should stand up against CEO in cases where he is wrong


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  5. Tough but enrichin

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Well organized systems and processes 2. Hard working, smart people 3. Tough as nails management

    Cons

    1. Overhead of systems/processes sometimes makes it too bureaucratic 2. Decision making power is concentrated and centralized

    Advice to Management

    Cut bureaucracy.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Old style company, abusive culture, no respect for employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of documentation, good teleconference tools around the world. Nice people at working levels.

    Cons

    No employee and customer focus. Company operating around CEO. Abusive management and bad languages used frequently. 8am policy is hard for working families with young kids. Processes, memos and specs are overkilling. Groups compete against each other instead of doing right things for the company. Little collaboration between groups. No work and life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees and customers. Don't let good people leave. Think of big picture and do the right things for the company.


  7. Helpful (9)

    Toxic work environment with ineffective management

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is very little to be discussed here. Cypress Semiconductor provides a chaotic work environment that can for some prove to be a challenge. The reality of the situation at Cypress Semiconductor is employees subjecting themselves to unnecessary stress and toxic culture.

    Cons

    1) No work life balance 2) Abusive Management (TJR) 3) Systems are broken 4) Lack of innovation 5) Atrocious Employee Morale

    Advice to Management

    Kick TJ Rodgers to the curb, dump his executive team of sycophants and bring in fresh blood. The company has stagnated over the course of the last 15 years, instead of innovating the company has continued to cut expenses and drive for increased efficiency with fewer headcount.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Run away from Cypress

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good to gain experience if you are a fresh grad 2. Colleagues are very nice and smart

    Cons

    1. 8am policy meaning everyone starts working at 8am 2. Company is running out of ideas to grow revenue. 3. Very hostile leadership style 4. Departments waste a lot of energy to compete among themselves instead of competing with other companies 5. Very low pay and no growth opportunity


  9. personal opinion

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Very organize and systematic company

    Cons

    too bureaucratic and many policies


  10. Good compnay for young engineers to grow

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    I worked for Cypress in San Jose for 7 years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Manager, Wafer Fab & Sort in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Production Manager, Wafer Fab & Sort in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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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