Synopsys Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
485 Reviews
3.8
485 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
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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 73 reviews)

  • Provide good work-life balanced and flexible work environment (in 43 reviews)


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

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

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  1.  

    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 (more than an 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
  2.  

    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 (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
  3. 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    too stable. Not good for career grow

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  5. 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 (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
  6. 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 (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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Applications Consultant in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Consultant in Marlborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Successful company, excellent work environment, trusting management.

    Cons

    Internal information for employee use could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synopsys

    Pros

    A nice working environment and growing company

    Cons

    difficult to climb up, no real corporate ladder to move ahead

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not work in Synopsys HR

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    None None None None None

    Cons

    Traditional, Not innovative, tons of politics, No Talent mobility,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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