Synapse Design Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
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Synapse Design Co-founder, President and CEO Satish Bagalkotkar
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  1. Excellent company, seasoned management team, engineers work on the latest design cycles

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Offer 401K matching and yearly performance and salary reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Respect for employees

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    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Good Company to work

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    • 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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Short assignments and need more vacation time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. The best company I've ever worked with

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. One of the most exciting places to work

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    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. it is a good company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Synapse Design as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    synapse design automation is strong in providing backend implementation services and sponsers h1b for employees who have good technical skills

    Cons

    limited in frontend design and verification jobs

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Very bad experience

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    Former Contractor - Staff Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Staff Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Synapse Design as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I can not really think of many pros, except that the lady at the front desk was nice. Also, it was close to where I live, which was nice for me, but not for employees who live in other places.

    Cons

    I have never been under so much pressure at a company from the first day which I worked there. They sent me to the customer in Texas on my third day there. On the night before going to that customer the first time, I was yelled at just for wanting to go back to the airport to pick up our supervisor as he had told us to do. We never knew when we would have to put our lives on hold to go back to Texas; they would only give us a few days advance notice if though there was no immediate need for us to go there. Instructions for us were often vague, and sometimes contradictory, but afterwards they were very upset that what they got was not exactly what they wanted. I had to revise one Verilog model about half a dozen times. After only about two months, they let me go without being specific as to the reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management solution at Synapse was usually to schedule more meetings. This resulted in more irritation, interruptions, and lost productivity. One or two meetings a week are necessary, but four or five a week is excessive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Physical Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Physical Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    This company is growing very rapidly and there are many jobs that you can join. Also you will learn many design flow along with customer.

    Cons

    Sometimes, you might have odd interview by customer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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