Synapse Design Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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Synapse Design Co-founder, President and CEO Satish Bagalkotkar
Satish Bagalkotkar
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Pros
  • One of the best services company to work in ASIC design area (in 5 reviews)

  • Good laid back work environment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • vacation time seems to be too short (in 3 reviews)

  • Need more vacation time, and sick leaves (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Excellent company, seasoned management team, engineers work on the latest design cycles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very strong technical leadership with current knowledge in all aspects of semiconductor design and embedded software. Engineers work embedded into our clients design teams. Ability to work on multiple projects with multiple clients. Modern attractive Design Centers. Advancement opportunities both in personal and salary growth.
    Have not experienced company politics at any level. Significant opportunity to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    Company offers 401K but not matching. HR dept needs to implement regular performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Offer 401K matching and yearly performance and salary reviews

  2. Poor relationship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synapse Design

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

    Pros

    I don't have anything good to say about this company

    Cons

    Very late paying their contractors

    Advice to Management

    Pay on time

    Synapse Design Response

    Apr 24, 2015Staffing Manager

    Synapse is a solid company that has been in business for over 10 years and we do not have any issues as noted.

  3. Cash Flow Problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synapse Design

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with (fellow employees)
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    The company has cash flow problems and is usually late paying contract employees, whom they consider vendors.

    Synapse Design Response

    Apr 24, 2015Staffing Manager

    We do not consider contract employees as vendors. Our contract employees are equally valuable to our W2 employees. We pay our contractors per the terms of our contracts providing they submit invoices ... More

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  5. Respect for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Encouragement, and respect for employees is the norm. After a recent company event, the CEO shook the hand of every employee as they left, thanking them for their contribution to the company. Very impressive.

    Cons

    Work assignments vary considerably from client to client - you need to be flexible.

  6. Recently let go at HQ

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synapse Design

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Completely flat organization. Little to no hierarchy.

    Cons

    The CEO has little understanding of the major functions in the company. As a result, he falsely undervalues people with an excellent pedigree.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to value your talent

    Synapse Design Response

    Apr 24, 2015Staffing Manager

    Our CEO has a complete understanding of all company functions. All employees and contractors are held in high esteem.

  7. Good Company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with nice people having wide range of expertise.
    Different designs and customers.

    Cons

    Short assignments and need more vacation time.

  8. Depends on your assignment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Physical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Physical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    1. Varying designs & customers
    2. Involve in different capacity
    3. Nice people
    4. Relax environment, if the assignment is in-house

    Cons

    1. Varying designs & customers
    2. Short assignments
    3. Interviewed for every new assignment

  9. The best company I've ever worked with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1 The management team is really excellent navigating through the 2008 and all downturns. It is even harder for such a company to grow in the difficult years along with all the big and small but always-continuing layoffs in the semiconductor industry.
    2 The amazing workplace. What I'm going to say sounds cliche but here it is what it is actually. There is no office politics or whatsoever. People here are all professionals and most engineers are very experienced, it is really a place you can get yourself updated with the latest skills and technology.
    3 The company culture. The company is having substantial growth year by year, and we always have traditional end-of-month birthday get-together and year-end party while that was lost in many companies during the crisis or the following cut down, let alone the flexibility of working from home now and then.
    4 Since it's a contracting company and outstanding long term relationships with the big companies, abundant opportunities to try your skills in different technical environment and settings. Actually, it's also a great opportunity to learn from all these diversified cultures and solutions.
    5 Compensation is really competitive, and above industry average.

    Cons

    To adjust to different assignment in different companies, you have to learn fast and basically you have to give your 120%, sometimes. It's challenging but it never gets boring either. This is a place for experienced people.

  10. One of the most exciting places to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Challenging projects, working for lots of clients.
    2. Lot of experts on company payroll, the company encourages you to work with experts to learn and execute projects
    3. Work environment with very little hierarchy and easy access to top management
    4. Flexibility to try out different areas of chip design

    Cons

    1. Company is privately held. There are no stocks/ options as perks available to employees.
    2. Bonus payouts are not very huge.

  11. Nice company in service domain to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Physical Design in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Physical Design in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is lot of opportunities om Synapse specially in Backend physical design and verification.You work with nice people having wide range of expertise.
    They have lot of turnkey project done end to end also.They have aggressive growth plans in many center around the world.
    Work life balance is also very nice.
    Good management and have lot of big tier1 customers.

    Cons

    need to define better retention strategy to keep key people.

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