Synopsys

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Synopsys Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
508 Reviews
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You don't get lots of work to do as the products are pretty stable, which means good work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Provide good work-life balanced and flexible work environment (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • gt;) Limited opportunities for growth (in 14 reviews)

  • Expectations are little high at-least in our team, breaking work life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It has intelligent engineers to work with. Most of them are open and friendly. The compensation and bonus is competitive in the industry.

    Cons

    As software company, the compensation is not as high as other industry software companies, like Google and facebook. In EDA, it is good. Some groups has a little more political issues than the other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked at Synopsys as an ASIC/logic design engineer (1998-2002)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    lots of smart co-workers; all the EDA tools,licenses, and computing power you could ever ask for; relaxed work environment; good salary and benefits; occasional employee parties/functions to keep people from getting burned out due to spending all of their days in their cubicles; access to free training on Synopsys tools.

    Cons

    long hours; company continually re-organized (at least back in those days); commutes were long due to silicon valley overcrowding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i was happy working at Synopsys and don't have any advice for the corporate management. my issues had more to do with living and working in silicon valley, and that's why i left the company to move away from California.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    OK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Consultant in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to leading edge semiconductor technologies and circuit design.

    Synopsys is the most financially sound EDA company, and the caliber of co-workers is high.

    Cons

    Limited career growth and below average job satisfaction due to the highly reactive nature of a career in EDA. This isn't specific to Synopsys, though. It is characteristic of the EDA industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aid employees in finding career development opportunities.

    The salary structure is a mystery. Even if your product group exceeds revenue goals the annual bonus / incentive pay is unpredictable.

    Mgmt is aware of employees' hard work and over-time hours. Proactively reward / recognize employees' accomplishments rather than wait for them to resign from Synopsys.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Well managed, stable and respected company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has strong financials and is the market leader in most areas of the industry. They sometimes maintain this leadership through acquisitions but do a good job of integrating new companies and technologies. In general the staff is intelligent, hard working and customer focused.

    Cons

    Legacy products and bureaucratic tracking systems can make it difficult to satisfy customer requirements. The development and support teams are global, requiring many late evening meetings which can interfere with work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ossified

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    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer Staff in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer Staff in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable, pays well. Generally pleasant environment. Good place to hide out in a downturn. Reasonable location for commuting.

    Cons

    Aging and non-mobile management structure in Silicon Valley, younger employees and expansion seems to be mostly in Asia. Limited scope for upward mobility. Business units conflict rather than complement. No vision for EDA (continually fighting last battle). Multiple overlaps in BU functionality. Insufficient technical expertise in management leads to "analysis paralysis". No internal leadership, only respond to customers - reactive not proactive.
    Sorely missing real software architects and EDA methodology people - lots of missed opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honor the mission statement on the badge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Just the way you think it is, an established company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Largest company in the field, job is pretty much secure. You don't get lots of work to do as the products are pretty stable, which means good work-life balance. Okay compensation.

    Cons

    No lunch/dinner. Little hope to get promoted. Higher level folks tend to be bossy and you do not have too many chances of making decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable employer - top in industry - well respected

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very stable company with excellent financial base. Aart has been CEO since he founded the company in 1986 so also provides consistent leadership - no surprises. Great people - very smart and engaging. In semiconductor industry there's always something new to learn. Plenty of opportunities for travel. Good flex time benefits for vacation and sick leave.

    Cons

    Company has inconsistent career development opportunities. Engineering career ladder is pretty formal and there is an annual promotion opportunity to staff and principal engineer. However, for other roles it's left to the whims of your senior executive and manager to make the effort to file paperwork and fight for a promotion. In many cases, there is just no opportunity unless someone leaves the company or retires and that can take many years.
    Benefits and fun factor has left the company - HR is more focused on cutting costs and making sure everyone passes the annual ethics training than helping to create a fun work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the motivation and fun to the company - this place is tired and old, not a good place to recruit the next generation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic but sometimes disjointed

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    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Opportunities for advancement. Exciting technical work. Leading edge of technology. CEO is a very dynamic and personable guy.

    Cons

    Synopsys is a "Frankenstein's Monster" of acquistions. Sometimes the acquired do not play so well together and management treats them like children, locking them in a room and letting them "work it out" on their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on integration and alignment. Management should look at what they are acquiring and clearly define an integration path and strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not much going on here

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good things - decent pay, decent physical work environment (cubicles), relevant to electronics industry, good upper management, not too much pressure - good work/life balance

    Cons

    Rent-seeking mentality, mediocre middle managers, not much room for career advancement, pay is only ok. The industry is overall not expanding and not very exciting. High expectations but limited support. Very rigid corporate environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more risk taking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to be in if you are not ambitious

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Good office culture.

    Cons

    Pay is less than market reference. Environment encourages deterministic thinking. Employees who work hard get more work but may not get more pay. Employees who worked in a relaxed way are left untouched.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please nourish and allow promising talent to grow. The management seems to be becoming top heavy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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