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Synapse Design Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
48 Reviews
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Synapse Design Co-founder, President and CEO Satish Bagalkotkar
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  1.  

    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)

    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
  2.  

    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)

    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
  3.  

    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 an 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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 an 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
  7.  

    it is a good company to work

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

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

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very bad experience

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

    I worked at Synapse Design as a contractor (less than an 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
  9.  

    good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worth to take a try

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

    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked for a large size company for 9 years. Last year when I looked for job, I got very quick response from Synapse. This is the first time I heard about this design business model, and I thought it may worth something for me to take a try on it.
    For the passed one year, I think I am much more happy compare to the previous LARGE company. I have a feeling of "I can do the things I really like", hence I can feel the big passions when I work. I am happy everyday when I go to work.

    The indicator of my passion are: I published two tech papers in major Tech Conferences within this one year. The management team here are great supporter and inspirator.

    Because this company is on design service business, it should be a good try for both un-experienced and experienced design engineers.

    Cons

    Need more vacation time, and sick leaves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Senior Physical Design Engineer

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Being a part of solving leading technology challenges.
    Developing new flows, where your input matters.
    Keeping up to date with all CAD tool sets. (Cadence, Synopsys, Mentor etc...)
    No politics to render the job at hand..
    Participating in the schedule being driven by the customer.
    Many opportunities for advancement and/or engineering growth.
    Colleges are team players and works well together.
    Opportunities to work with many different engineering personnel..
    Build customer relations with multiple companies.
    Great benefits, bonuses, and team building events
    401K plan
    Stock options

    Cons

    Meetings could be scheduled with more advanced notice,
    More information shared with others about upcoming projects,
    and current projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign a team player, as the project lead, to conduct working meetings,
    with other members of the project, to get assistance when needed.
    Keeping everyone up to date with all changes and requirements.
    With updated versions of the tool sets and the challenging technologies,
    not one person on the team can know it all, but together it can be done.
    This creates good communication between team players.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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