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Interesting products make this company worth it if you learn to brush off the frustration.

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Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

After nearly 30 years, CY still manages to succeed in an extremely volatile market. While many semiconductor companies come and go, CY stays the course. The technical ability of employees is well above average, which is attributed to the core values (we hire only the best) and the rigorous interview process (recently ranked as one of the 20 toughest interviews in corporate America.).

Cons

Management is stifling and has a poor track record of execution. Many product lines have gone by the wayside because of the management style, and the demeaning dictatorial style of the CEO. Further, the bloated overhead of processes makes it difficult to compete in the rapid product cycles of the tech industry. Effectively, anytime something goes wrong, a process must be added to ensure that it never goes wrong again, and everyone gets punished for one engineer's mistake. In the end, the "law code" of these so-called "quality checks" appears more like Congressional law code, and one might argue that it takes an "act of congress" to get even the simplest product out the door.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you believe your core values, and you really have hired "only the best", entitle your workforce to develop and manufacture products without all of the micro-managing and unnecessary pencil pushing.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    I learned a lot at Cypress and wish that management did not fall in line with TJ's style so much.

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    As an Executive Admin I learned a lot about how to run a flawless meetings; how to function in the background and not be seen or heard. There are some nice perks such as a nice on-site cafe, hair-stylist, masseuse, and gas station.

    Cons

    TJ Rodgers has a very different style of managing his company. It's widely publicized and anyone can read about it, and should before taking a job here. The culture follows right behind him. As an admin, you are the lowest of the low and are expected to get your boss his lunch, never leave your desk unless someone is covering (if his phone goes to voicemail when TJ calls, you and your boss will pay). There are not many women in leading roles are Cypress and TJ has his "reasons".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As far as pledging allegiance to TJ, that won't change, TJ has ruled in the same way since he started CY and he will not change for anyone. If you aren't willing to march to his drum you can't succeed at CY. However, it would be nice to see more women in more leadership roles.... Lookup TJ's response to the nun who asked why there wasn't more diversity on his BOD.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cypress - No Rest for the Weary

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will learn a ton in a short amount of time. You will always be expected to work at 1 - 2 grade levels above your pay grade, which means you will develop a lot of useful skills that you can take elsewhere (and use to negotiate a better title & salary at your new company).

    Cons

    Expect to be worked to death. I spent the last 2 years working 12 hours a day without letup. There are no ebbs and flows; rather, it's like being forced to drink from a fire hose constantly. The problem is the company's near-obsessive focus on OPEX - the number of employees kept on the payroll is the absolute bare bones required to keep this place from collapsing. You will be expected to do the work of 1.5 - 2 people, simply because the company doesn't want to pay 1.5 - 2 people.

    Because of the unrelenting pace of the work, Cypress tends not to be a place where women thrive. Very little work/life balance. Take a look around - in any given Ops Review, there might be 4 women present in a room of 75+ people. There are literally 3 women in executive-level positions here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pointless. Management doesn't listen to suggestions @ Cypress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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