Synopsys

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Synopsys Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
496 Reviews
3.8
496 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 45 reviews)


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

  • Expectations are little high at-least in our team, breaking work life balance (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Well managed, stable and respected company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Ossified

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Company with good work/life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment, friendly colleagues. Company allows remote work which is big plus.

    Cons

    Not much increase in salary over the years and not too much personal growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable and filled with good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    For such a large company there are an extremely high proportion of truly nice people who are enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    It's hard to move up once you get to a moderately senior position, but it's also very easy to stay put and have good quality of life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stable and good place to work

    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    1. Stable
    2. Powerful so only valuable and meaningful user requests can be passed to RDs to implement
    3. Follow software development process, including, spec, architecture review, code review and testing
    4. RDs can focus on software development. Unlike some small companies, some RDs need to do customer support as well.

    Cons

    1. Many managers
    2. Too many meetings

  8.  

    You get what it should be in a traditional compay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    life work balance is great;

    Cons

    no much career improvement, less cutting-edge technology deployed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good place to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    stable company, number 1 in EDA area

    Cons

    could be very stressful when customer run into issues with the tool

  10.  

    Top 10 Employers in the bay area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, technology and culture

    Cons

    We should consider upping 401k matching

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    R&D Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    The learning curve is good.

    Cons

    Compensation and work life balance is bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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