Synopsys Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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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
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Pros
  • Good work life balance at company (in 67 reviews)

  • Work environment is excellent & benefits are good (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance needs to be improved (in 10 reviews)

  • Limited career growth and below average job satisfaction due to the highly reactive nature of a career in EDA (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Calm, collegial, and conservative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Calm and measured atmosphere; good people, stimulating work, and great benefits! The place is proof that A players aren't always cutthroat, type-A jerks. Very friendly folks, if a bit staid. It also pays very well in an industry, Electronic Design Automation, known for paying pretty well

    Cons

    Very conservative - "consensus driven to a fault" is almost a motto. Many have left to do their own startups in order to advance an idea that that was too "risky" - having sai that , the model seem to be successful, but it may not be for everybody, especially if you are Type-A personality!

    Advice to Management

    Most things are very good - take more (well-informed) risks!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good engineering driven company to work for

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

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Synopsys is a very ethical company and treats employees and customers well for the most part. The pay scales are quite good and the work environment is very engineering driven, which is a huge plus for R&D Engineers and CAEs. There are lots opportunities to grow and become a technical expert in your chosen areas of expertise. Politics is quite minimal compared to other mid to large size companies.

    Cons

    The EDA industry is quite mature and opportunities for growth in the industry have to be quite conservative. So if you prefer being in a high growth industry this may not be your cup of tea.

    Advice to Management

    Keep adding value for our Customers and taking market share from our competitors. Synopsys is doing a great job with internal innovation and we should continue to push to become the market leader, not just in terms of market cap but also revenues and profitability.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great high tech company to work for in the valley

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Synopsys is on the cutting edge of silicon valley technology. Its a great people friendly culture that has many opportunities for growth. There are many bright people here to work for, given that it is in the EDA industry which means that you need a masters of PhD in EE to understand what the advanced software that they design does. (Designs computer chips is a good basic overview of what the software is used for). I would highly recommend working here, as I have not met anyone who is unhappy and looking for a job somewhere else. Become a synopsoid!

    Cons

    I would say the only downside is that it is very hard to understand the product that synopsys makes, from a business perspective. Everything is extremely complicated and must be explained by an engineer if you are to understand what is going on. This can make it hard to really see what is going on when you are doing the business model, because these companies that you are working with make products that are near impossible to understand. Even though there are cheat sheets provided to sum up what is going on, it is still very complicated and confusing at times.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Best of the big EDA companies, but could still be better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Synopsys is a well-managed, stable, financially healthy company. Excellent benefits package, esp. vacation time. Salaries are competitive compared to semiconductor design houses. Synopsys is the market leader overall, and is doing significantly better than the other major EDA companies. Employees are treated with respect and given latitude to make their own decisions about how to use their time.

    Cons

    The company is very much focused on the bottom line and pleasing shareholders. To this end, they are getting stingy with their employees. Pay raises are small if existent at all. Health insurance premiums are steep. More staff is needed in order to allow employees to do excel at their jobs. Compensation is better at other EDA companies. The EDA industry in general is not doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Put more focus on satisfying customers (better product quality, better service) and employees (better compensation and/or larger staff) and less focus on satisfying shareholders. Good results will follow.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Industry and Ethical Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Ethical long-term management * Stable, sustainable business model - will likely grow in 2009 * Industry leadership - driver for most of the important product areas and initiatives * Ability to substantially influence the future of electronics design * Management pushes business decisions down to key stakeholders in the company - ability to play a role in critical business decisions

    Cons

    * Tightening EDA industry growth - affects all companies * Conservative business models - sometimes the most interesting ideas can't be pursued

    Advice to Management

    * Continue to leverage the decision-making capabilities of your technical and business troops. * Be replace or invest more aggressively in second and third-place products in the marketplace - either ship up or be replaced. For instance, Hercules and Magellan may be continued laggards unless something radical is done.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company in a slow moving industry

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

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Synopsys is a very ethical company and treats employees and customers well for the most part. The pay scales are quite good and the work environment is very engineering driven, which is a huge plus for R&D Engineers and CAEs. There are lots opportunities to grow and become a technical expert in your chosen areas of expertise. Politics is quite minimal compared to other mid to large size companies.

    Cons

    The EDA industry is quite mature and opportunities for growth in the industry have to be quite conservative. So if you prefer being in a high growth industry this may not be your cup of tea.

    Advice to Management

    Keep adding value for our Customers and taking market share from our competitors. Synopsys is doing a great job with internal innovation and we should continue to push to become the market leader, not just in terms of market cap but also revenues and profitability.


  8. a good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Synopsys

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it's a good company overall

    Cons

    working hours is too long

    Advice to Management

    more attention to R&d


  9. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive of local community non-profit efforts. Very friendly staff. Opportunities for growth. Great support from management. Flexible working hours when necessary.

    Cons

    Company has a mandatory shut down two times a year. Only given 18 days of PTO, in which 15 days are used for shutdown.

    Advice to Management

    Great leadership. Company is strong with cash and has flexibility within their market space for additional aquisitions. Synopsys is a true leader in the EDA space.


  10. Synopsys is the BEST place to work!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HR Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - HR Specialist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, great leadership, ethics, technology and strong pay for performance philosophy compared to other EDA and semiconductor companies in the Valley.

    Cons

    Sometimes can be challenging to make big changes, very consensus driven...which is not a bad thing!

    Advice to Management

    Recognizing that it's not always the higher grade level employees that make the most impact - continue to value all employees and you will continue to build a strong and loyal employee base. Very satisfied overall though.


  11. Helpful (1)

    R&D Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Senior management takes a very good long-term view of the company and the industry. They take good responsibility for maintaining the computer infrastructure and the office facilities. Although much of the headcount growth is off-shore, they do not do widespread transfers of jobs from the US to off-shore (as their competitor Cadence was doing around 2004-2009). The company is well-positioned as the biggest EDA company. Employee turnover is much lower than many other Silicon Valley companies.

    Cons

    Most of the employees are mid-career or senior career. There's not a lot of employees in their 20's.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job: long-term steady planning and growth.



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