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Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
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  1.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synaptics

    Pros

    Really cool culture, similar to other silicon valley companies

    Cons

    Higher management may not think long term always

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    touch leader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synaptics

    Pros

    great technology and accumulated know how in cell phone size, tablet size and notebook size. Leading touch and display integration.

    Cons

    technology and ficus is naturally very narrow in capacitive touch, could be an issue with lower and lower entry level. Things are getting better with finger print acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    expand human interface.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good for beginners

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synaptics as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    got to learn good stuff

    Cons

    no proper guidance was provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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  5.  

    awesome intern experience

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    Former Employee - Systems Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Architect in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Synaptics as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    great bosses, casual work environment, and you are given real meaningful work to do

    Cons

    none really, except that it is kinda hard to find housing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic internship experience

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Synaptics as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Syna has a great company culture and invests a lot of time and resources into their employees. They push for a well-adjusted work-life balance for all of their employees and everyone I talked to were very happy working for Synaptics.

    Synaptics is very flexible for their employee needs. Micromanaging is at a minimum, and employees generally set their own hours.

    Everyone at the company is very approachable and willing to help.

    INTERN PROGRAM:
    *One of the most generous intern programs around, especially for a company of its size compared to other big industry players.
    *Although hourly compensation is lower than other industry internships, there is a $1000 signing bonus and a performance-based ending bonus. Plus we were given loads of free stuff, including a brand new tablet.
    *Intern events were fun and helped interns connect (go karting, visiting the Computer History museum, etc.)
    *HR was very friendly
    *Every week or two, there were "lunches with leaders" in which interns were able to hear from leaders within the company about Syna and it's history and future outlook.

    Cons

    None that I saw...only an intern though. Did not get caught up in office politics.

    INTERN PROGRAM:
    *Lack of help with housing was a downer. It may change in the future.
    *Felt slightly isolated from other interns, due to the fact we were in separate departments doing individual projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Product Marketing Intern

    Current Employee - Product Marketing Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Intern in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Synaptics as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive environment, Push innovation, Work with large Silicon Valley companies

    Cons

    The commute is a bit rough, but that's because I live in Menlo

  8.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant people
    minimal corporate politics
    good team spirit
    nice career development
    Feels like a startup but with good life work balance
    flexible budget to procure equipment
    Good exposure to many teams and technology areas
    Good cafeteria
    Potential travel to Asia with no per-diem
    Serves alcohol on the premises
    Relatively diverse

    Cons

    Needs more process
    Somewhat low base salary
    Can be too focused on maintaining immediate business at the expense of future growth
    favors cubes over offices.
    small workout facility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company the way it is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome mentorship opportunities!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Synaptics as an intern

    Pros

    Internship program is top-rate. Both in-team and cross-departmental collaboration and cooperation are encouraged. Open door policy is real and active: it is really possible to, as an intern, walk into a director's office to ask questions or get help. Mentoring is built into an intern's relationships with his/her co-workers and manager, as is team building withing the internship cohort.

    Cons

    As an intern, I have none.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    glad to be part of this company at this time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Syna offers great freedom to learn and interact. Company culture makes me feel like you count. Participation in non-job related events as well as bringing out innovative ideas are encouraged. Love seeing experienced and fresh-out-of-college kids working together and believe this contributes a lot to the success of Synaptics.

    Cons

    Not much at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope in the rush of things the true culture of Synaptics will not be lost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    The other employees that I met were really nice and most wanted to do a good job. The company perks were really nice but to me they were a way of keeping employees at work. i.e. dry cleaning service, babysitter service, parties on site, nice cafe etc. The company is doing well right now financially.

    Cons

    There weren't documented processes for almost everything. New employees had to ask someone if they were trying to find a process. For a company the size of Synaptics their process should have been created and communicated to all the employees. The executive team are not that friendly. In "all employee" meetings they seem to be very friendly but if you see them in the hallway they never smile. Job positions are not defined so it is hard to figure out who does what in the company. The company is a sweat shop. They don't hire enough employees in the non-engineering groups to keep the overhead low. The engineering groups have the same issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to put in an infrastructure to handle the growth of the company. Right now it is lacking and it is very frustrating for employees. You also need to but in an initiative to make jobs more streamlined and efficient. The old way doesn't cut it anymore but some employees think it is job security.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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