Synopsys Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
472 Reviews
3.8
472 Reviews
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
363 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a good work/life balance, mostly an un-stressed work environment (in 66 reviews)

  • The work environment is exciting and there are a bunch of new challenges every week (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • gt;) Limited opportunities for growth (in 12 reviews)

  • There is not much room for career growth for the CAEs (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person 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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    nive working environment with very less growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Work Culture. You can work from home.

    Cons

    Not much growth. Salaries and perks are not good.

  6.  

    Good company to be in if you are not ambitious

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    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 for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    For EDA, not too may choices. Good culture and nice people.

    Cons

    too stable. Not good for career grow

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable company; many people have been with the company for over 10 years. People are friendly and movitated to do their job.

    Cons

    There is not much room to grow, if you want personal growth, you have to go on your own to do it, there is not much motivation/competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does not value talent

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leader in EDA, so get to work on products that make an huge impact on the design of digital products. You get work satisfaction because any electronic product that you pick up will likely be built using products of this company. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Does not pay well. Hires fresh graduates but does not invest in their development or growth. A lot of senior folks stick around which does not provide opportunities for young talent to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on rewarding your talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good compensation but limited mobility

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good and yearly bonus seems to be something that can be expected. Job security appears to be quite high with only occasional house cleaning.

    Cons

    Don't count on any raises. If you are in the U.S., don't expect your team to grow locally. Almost all new hires are in India or China. Expect to be available for meetings outside of normal working hours. Expect cultural challenges. Opportunities arise based on who you know not what you know or how good you are. In some organizations, specific ethnicity is a plus,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of people in the U.S. The engineering culture in the U.S. really is different from the rest of the world. With the economy improving, expect people to seek other opportunities,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyed a colleague friendly work environement. Business execution processes

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineer
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice friendly people and some talented researchers. Top management has clear directions. Moderate benefits and time-off policies.

    Cons

    Mid level management tends to have little leadership and insufficient perspectives. Outdated business tracking systems. Stable, maybe too stable, little fluidity to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication across layers of management to be stressed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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