Synaptics
3.3 of 5 38 reviews
www.synaptics.com Santa Clara, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Synaptics Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2014
Synaptics – US – “Top Work Places 2012 Award”

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71% Approve of the CEO

Synaptics President & CEO Rick Bergman

Rick Bergman

(14 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Product Marketing Intern

    Product Marketing Intern (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

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

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

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    Great company

    Systems Architect (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsBrilliant 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

    ConsNeeds 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 Senior ManagementKeep the company the way it is.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome mentorship opportunities!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsInternship 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.

    ConsAs an intern, I have none.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    glad to be part of this company at this time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSyna 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.

    ConsNot much at the moment

    Advice to Senior ManagementHope in the rush of things the true culture of Synaptics will not be lost.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast-paced, high-growth company

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsThere are many talented and smart people at this company.

    ConsSome people are too egoistic and hard to work with. Some managers are incompetent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be too cozy with long-time employees. Please promote the new comers with talents.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IC Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Rochester, NY

    Proscompensation, teamwork, training, flexible, location.

    Consoffice culture, planning, stress, communication, time-off-policy.

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    Amazing place to Intern

    Firmware Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood team members, approachable people willing to help, very good work environment

    ConsI would not remember anything at this point of time but i would say for me everything was picture perfect

    Advice to Senior Managementnothing ,keep rocking !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good and bad ...

    Not Being Disclosed (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsFor junior engineers there are many learning opportunities.

    Cons- A group of old timers has complete control and it's almost impossible to "get in".
    - Very tight schedules ... you're always late.
    - When you're not in management they make you feel that managers are superior to you, when you're in management they want you to believe that you're superior to individual contributors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing specific

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun and Stressful

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat culture and employees. exposure to decision makers with transpartent direction

    ConsDifficult to identify growth within company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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