Synopsys Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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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 place for extremely non-greedy folks

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting salary, Good work/life balance, Quite good cash bonus.

    Cons

    Stagnant industry, almost non-existent career growth path, very low salary increase, and ever worsening benefit (401k match is $1500 !!!). No perks other than year-end cash bonus.

    If you've just started your career, and not going to stay for so long, or you're already earned enough to retire, but you want to belong to any organization, than this is right place for you.
    But, hey, it is a highly technology-driven company, and requires lots of expertise...., which you can find tons of other places that can provide a lot better compensation in return.

  2. R&D Engineer Senior II

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    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Marlborough, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many challenges in computer science, and a lot of freedom to tackle the priorities, create new solutions with radically different approaches.

    Cons

    Little control over politics that can happen in mountain view (headquarters)

  3. Good experience working with smart people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synopsys full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Strong management, good bonuses for sales

    Cons

    Hard to advance in EDA or outside EDA if stay too long

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  5. Synopsys is a stable company with good management in general and an excellent reputation with customers.

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, great customers, nice new facilities (buildings, gym, cafeterias, etc.) and an interesting set of products that allow you to keep learning.

    Cons

    Depending on the business unit, some are very reactive; sometimes it can be hard to adapt to the changing climate of priorities. Folks are not terribly social--they work hard and then head home to their families.

  6. Senior R&D Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work load.
    OK payment in Oregon

    Cons

    Little employee benefit.
    Far from Headquarter.

  7. Staff Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synopsys full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work, reasonable starting pay for the electronic design automation industry, reasonably generous stock options, good co-workers.

    Cons

    There weren't very significant pay raises once you were in the door, at least not during the time I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    During my time at Synopsys, they significantly scaled back their advanced technology group, which was their advanced research arm. If this is still the situation, management should put more effort into rebuilding an advanced projects group.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stable , transparent , growth oriented ,worl life balance and Inspiring

    Cons

    Base Salary , reserved in employee events

  9. Good company for old people who like static envoronment

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    Current Employee - Senior CAE II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CAE II in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    static environment, quite, OK salary.

    Cons

    Does not give much dynamics, quick growth

    Advice to Management

    think more about bonuses and methods to appreciate hard workers

  10. Applied internship.
    All Algorithm problems. Like tree and graphics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Synopsys as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Help me a lot during the interview.

    Cons

    Interview content is different from the job description.

  11. Overall a good company

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility/work life balance is one of the key reasons why I've stayed here for so long. Co-workers are great.

    Cons

    If you've worked for the company for a long time, compensation isn't that great. In order to get ahead, you'll need to leave the company and come back to get better pay and a promotion.

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