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Good Place to Work, Not good for growth based on talent alone

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - R&D Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - R&D Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Synopsys

Pros

1. Great Company to work for
2. If you want to innovate, you can always do it as long as you do it in secret as there are peers and espeically your immediate management people who want to project to their senior management that all the innovation happened under them although they did nothing to it.
3. Good overall employee care
4. Corporate management is very good. They are mostly transparent and value their employees.
5. Work environement is decent
6. Flexible working hours

Cons

1. Totally pathetic middle management. All most of the first or second level managment does is to satisfy and promote things that will help their own promotions and name.
2. Pretty much zero initiate within the teams to mentor others and provide innovative challenge.
3. Mostly awards and promotions are based on political strings and rarely due to performance/output
4. First/Second level management does not focus on creating good work ethics and environment although the corporate management works that way.
5. More per customer centric. Innovation should be tapped at every level. People are more involved in getting their name rather than showing ethical leadership qualities.
6. Risk taking is very bad. All that is considered is whether the immediate owner will grow or not.
7. If an new idea is projected to immediate managment, most likely it will be shot down and in the background the immediate manager would project the same to higher managment, the same idea as his own creation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The middle/low management needs to be empowered and recognition should be based on output and customer success. Team culture and mentoring should be encouraged at every level and innovation should be encouraged. Basically, new process to force such culture should be enforced by corporate management.

Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Synopsys

  1.  

    Stable, mature company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Pros

    Good benefits, stock, health insurance, company perks, holidays, etc.
    Stable company with lots of cash. always meets targets
    Systematic structure

    Cons

    No growth, industry is shrinking, competition is fierce
    Mature company, innovation limited, status quo preferred.
    too many level of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take more risks, don't be afraid to branch into other industries.
    promote new ideas, new business model, even internal competition.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a place to grow otherwise a great place to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Pros

    - Best in EDA
    - Excellent senior management. They know where they are going.

    Cons

    - Extremely slow growth. Average promotion after 4 years regardless of quality and dedication to work.
    - Due to this mid-level-to-first level management devotes time to promote themselves alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most employees look up to CEO Aart De Geus, a man of great vision and integrity, an exceptional leader. Excellent top level management specially top 5-6 people. Mid-to-first level managers must care, spend time with and listen to leaf level people.

    Approves of CEO
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