Synopsys
3.7 of 5 438 reviews
www.synopsys.com Mountain View, CA 5000+ Employees

Synopsys Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.7 438 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan

Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan

(339 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Provides a good work/life balance, mostly an un-stressed work environment"
    in 62 reviews
  • "Flexible working hours when necessary"
    in 24 reviews
Cons:
  • "gt;) Limited opportunities for growth"
    in 11 reviews
  • "There is not much room for career growth for the CAEs"
    in 16 reviews
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    Do not recommend a CAE role

    Staff CAE (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood benefits
    Staff is mostly friendly
    No micromanagement
    Work from home is not encourage, but permitted (privileges depend on whether you are in good books of the VP)

    ConsLeft the company as the work is boring and there is no growth or appreciation for the CAE work in IG CAE org.
    Sucking up helps in this company
    Poor bonuses and salary increments compared to the industry standard

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease try to reduce the bureaucracy and recognize and reward real talent.

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

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    Peformance evaluations/reviews/appraisals in Synopsys, a BIG BOGUS

    (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros-A reasonably stable company
    -Allows working remotely and flex time
    -If you are titled "CAE" and you dont perform, be rest assured that you wont be fired.
    If you are titled "CAE" and are among the performers, be rest assured you will not be rewarded in anyway.
    All CAEs in Synopsys are put into one big bucket when it comes to performance evaluation

    Cons-Peformance evaluations/reviews/appraisals in Synopsys are a BIG BOGUS
    -opportunities for professional growth and career advancement are extremely extremely limited
    -There are plenty of folks in our CAE groups who clearly have no work charter, they just come to work browse, chat and go home and the management is perfectly fine with that.
    -Managerment is clearly looking for yes men.
    -Sadly, dissenting opinions and people are squashed. Join this company ONLY if you pledge to always agree with your manager
    -Poor paymaster

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is stagnating, management needs a shakeup.

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

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    It is a stable but lackluster working environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSynopsys is a very a stable working environment. It offers competitive benefit and flexibility for life and work balance. Overall, it is good bof people lokking for stability.

    ConsThere is very limited room for growth at Snopsys. Most of the promotions are based on seniority and loyalty rather than performance excellence and innovation and wokring momentum.

    Advice to Senior Managementshake up the unfit upper management. Don't promote/reward based on seniority and loyalty but on performance excellence.

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    Well managed stable technology firm

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable, well managed, mature island in rapidly changing high tech industry

    ConsLess cutting edge, most decisions making power focused in the director level

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

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    It is good to work in this company. Lots of talent people.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsChallenging job, talent people, stable company

    ConsHard to be promoted in some group.

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

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    I would recommend this to experience guys

    Senior CAE (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Pros8hrs work and no pressures

    Consnot good work and not a great payer

    Advice to Senior Managementsuggest to look for what employee want to do.

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

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    Ad-hoc management, hard work is not recognised

    Senior Staff CAE (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsI have been working for Synopsys for 11 years.
    Company has a very good executive management.
    work/life balance is pretty decent

    ConsMiddle management (especially in the CAE side) is poor and stagnant.
    Most managers are technically competent, but are old school and lack management skills
    Managers (at least in our group) behave very differently with their management versus with their reports. Disagreement is NOT appreciated.
    You have to literally suck up to your manager to be in good books.
    There is not much room for career growth for the CAEs.
    Lack of recognition for good work is prominent in all groups.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish a direct channel of communication with individual contributors to get a realistic feedback about the managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A sad "Yes Boss" policy in IG CAE Business Unit

    Senior CAE II (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsEasy work environment
    Good talent in R&D organization
    If you are a slacker, you dont need to worry in the IG CAE organization (slacking is ignored here)
    Industry leader

    ConsIts not surprising that most reviews about the company from Mt View Synopsys are not positive:
    The IG CAE Organization firmly believes in "Yes Boss" policy, if you disagree with the management, you are either doomed or on your own.
    Bonus distribution and career growth is "certainly" not performance based, Bonus amount rather distributed equally among the employees
    Growth potential in IG CAE organization is next to none, also mentioned in other reviews.
    Very little emphasis on quality of work, quantity is appreciated

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease get some new blood in IG CAE middle/upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    new intern

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    Prosgood for starters to learn

    Conssometimes stressful, don't have much personal time

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

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    Excellent people but a little old school

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe work culture is relaxed but people are mostly driven.

    ConsA little old school about facilities and work infrastructure.

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

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