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.  

    Synopsys is a comfortable place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager

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

    Pros

    Management is stable and has built a strong culture. Compensation is competitive and there is significant incentive for good performance.

    Cons

    Stable management means few opportunities to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable employer - top in industry - well respected

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    software engineer of verification group

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    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    first job with good salary and benifit

    Cons

    Need domain knowledge about electronic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not much going on here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    nive working environment with very less growth

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Work Culture. You can work from home.

    Cons

    Not much growth. Salaries and perks are not good.

  7.  

    Dynamic but sometimes disjointed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Interesting job in a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer I
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer I

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

    Pros

    Can offer a wide variety of tasks and opportunities to learn new methodologies.
    People are very nice and competent, the company itself is very solid and with great work ethics.

    Cons

    Big semiconductor names have lot of power at times in driving the development causing frequent changes in schedule and priorities.
    Lot of contractors hired recently and given major tasks, the ones you would expect the permanent employees to take ownership of.

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

    No recognition for your work and slow growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Unix Systems Administrator  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Large, stable, EDA company
    Good Work Life balance

    Cons

    No innovation and No technology in IT still using old legacy tools
    limited opportunity to growth
    People don't get recognition even after their hard work
    Do not ever join at a junior level... very few growth opportunities
    Management brings in their buddies or family members as Peers instead of promoting employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 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
  11.  

    Good experience till now and hoping better in future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Team and Managers. Much Experienced. Good Pay. Challenging Work

    Cons

    Very less or no chance for abroad. Limited growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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