Synaptics Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated June 12, 2014
Updated June 12, 2014
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  1.  

    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
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    Good and bad ...

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    Former Employee - Not Being Disclosed in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Not Being Disclosed in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Synaptics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For 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 ManagementAdvice

    Nothing specific

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My experience as an intern in at Synaptics in 2012

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Synaptics had a great internship program with group outings, luncheons with executives, and opportunities to learn more about the company. Synaptics has an excellent corporate culture!

    Cons

    Software group was understaffed and overworked. As an intern, I did get a lot of time to meet my manager or co-works, who were all too busy with their own tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Software Tools, please divulge more time and attention to interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hospitable and comfortable work culture

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    Former Employee - Junior Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Synaptics as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at Synaptics was a real pleasure and an opportunity to develop my professional skills. Working with subject matter experts was always easy even when it was done remotely.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any particular cons to working at Synaptics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was very satisfied by my time at Synaptics.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It is OK to work there

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Good corporate culture. There are many activities like: soccer, hiking, biking, ping pong, yoga classes and so on... (you only need a time for that)

    Cons

    There some problems with managing and planing. Company doesn't hire enough engineers. Current employees are overloaded and sometime they need to work during weekends to meet deadlines. There is not real compensation when you work on weekends.
    Overall compensation is average. Expectations for employees are high.
    Company is investing heavily into offshore design centers to cut cost and people into US... but everyone is doing this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The coldest,. most impersonal, dysfunctional environment i have EVER worked in.

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    Current Employee - Company IS Too Small to Offer This ! in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Company IS Too Small to Offer This ! in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    No micro-management, good wages.... free drinks in fridges on every floor.

    Cons

    The coldest,. most impersonal, dysfunctional environment i have EVER worked in. The first 2 months I was there, NOBODY EVER SPOKE TO ME. I felt isolated and invisible, and miserable. The buildings are so quiet, you'd think all the employees are mutes... no one ever chats or has a casual conversation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is growing... start managing it like a LARGER company, not the small, family-type company it used to be. Quit condoning the long-term employees temper tantrums and unprofessional attitudes, interaction with others, all the stuff that, in any other Company, they would be bounced out on their ass in a HEARTBEAT for. Ease up on the Policies and documenting, and focus on the people who work for you. It would be eye-opening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Use to be a good company

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Synaptics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefit, Friendly Work Enironment, Lots of fun activities. Great technology and room to Grow (if you know where the right path is). Compensation for laid off employees were generous.

    Cons

    very dynamic company and orgranizational changes are too frequent lately (almost every 6-months). You are uncertain of who will be your next boss or which department are working on next. I like the company when it was small, you know almost everyone in the company and you know who the right person to talk to. Don't apply in a position related to manufacturing as they transferring most of manufacturing stuff to oversea. They laid off people the supports manufacturing. No technical training provided for employees, unless you know what you are doing, you need to learn your stuff by yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope there was a chance to give performance review of your direct boss. Managers need to be trained on how to manage people. A lot of redundant development going on in different department. If each department communicating very well, they could have save tons of money on tool development (software/hardware) if they only knew that somebody is already working on it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Selective company, but good working environment

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    Current Employee - Support Services in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Support Services in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good manager, flexible work schedule, healthy workplace environment, nice perks from time to time.

    Cons

    The leadership has changed frequently over the past 2 years. Quick growth of the company has led to many pain points, communication is not always great. Company is traditional top-down. Big differences in business units means there is good collaboration within units but not across.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Interview was good. Very bad communication with Recruting Staff.

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Synaptics part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Experience is good.
    Lot of design Work.
    Fab Lab

    Cons

    excesive grilling.
    Lack of commication in team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mangment is good. Helpfull.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Personal Growth

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

    I worked at Synaptics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    allowed me to grow and learn quite a bit about corporations and how they function

    Cons

    some turnover issues within the organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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