Cypress Semiconductor

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Probably the worst job ever.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Interesting technology, interesting CEO with good core values on paper. Stock options, ESPP, RSUs were good, got worse, might get better.

Cons

Company core value claims to "deplore" politics. The reality is the opposite. TJ, surrounds himself with yes-men. The most recent VP is notorious for being obsequious in public to the CEO that it's embarrassing. It's not even yes-TJ - it's always yessir.

The most interesting product (core PSOC) doesn't really work. USB is boring and in decline. Memories are boring and in rapid decline. Anyone who points out problems in any business gets shoved to the side and out.

It doesn't matter how bad or good you are. You should be a yesman (no women appear to be allowed) and be a CY NCG hire. Outsiders get all the abuse and blame.

CEO pushes to move to being a "systems and solutions" company, but doesn't let anyone who understands systems and solutions to even speak in front of him. His obsolete ideas on SRAM are used as a model for logic design and fw/software design.

Everything is done by rote and checklist based on decades old obsolete waterfall strategies which might work if you're designing transistors (SRAM), but they don't apply to systems and solutions which are built iteratively. There are periodic fits of initiatives - the current one being Design Win Replication, which means if big customer asks for a particular solution, they try to rebuild it for that customer's competition as a generic part. Customer problems get reviewed all the time in the board room and heads roll frequently.

TJ will issue a mandate, VPs follow it blindly and 6 months later TJ will forgot he set it up a recent way and VPs will scramble to go back to the old way. Weeks are lost preparing for these meetings, with all levels of employees on call and standby to be verbally abused and questioned by the CEO himself on problems years old.

A chinese or indian engineer got fired once as he didn't understand english and annoyed TJ on the call. Oh, you better understand american foosball, as TJ is a Packers fanatic thinks that somehow that's relevant to chip design.

The VP of HR isn't an HR person - he's another old employee who's drifted from one project to another. He's cut stock grants and RSUs to the bone, complicated the hiring and firing processes to the point where it might take 6 months to hire someone in a low cost region, but only after you fire someone in a higher cost region. Salaries are by design at the average market point or a little below, but they want to hire "only the best." New college grads are reviewed by the VP staff and must be at least at the top in the grades, but have to accept average salaries.

Worst job ever.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Same advice you give to everyone else: "Fix it. Right now. Or your fired!"

Since this is a family channel, I've censored the language. The lingua franca of Cypress is replete with four letter words.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, yet fun

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New College Grad Co-op Finance Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - New College Grad Co-op Finance Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great, down to earth people who love to have fun, but work extremely hared

    Cons

    As an intern, my manager was never there to help me out. She thought that I should know everything about corporate finance when it was my first job in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Follow the spec

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Liked my coworkers. Lots to learn. Lots of opportunities to undertake greater responsibilities if you work hard.

    Cons

    The unwritten culture is "keep TJ happy". Often this means follow specs or metrics blindly and not considering what the best course of action actually is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the employees rather than just the numbers. Even with all the metrics that Cypress has it doesn't account for everything so they shouldn't be followed blindly. Don't micro manage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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