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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Walk your talk of integrity to the people who work for you

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    Former Employee - Technical Publications Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Publications Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Synopsys

    Pros

    The benefits were fine and parallel to other major companies in the area. Depending on the group you are in, there are some good people to work with.

    Cons

    - They supported student math and science tutoring and grant programs (I know because I volunteered in both) in a location where they won't be hiring these people as engineers, preferring to hire in "lower cost geographies." This came as an email from the CEO.
    - Huge politics and scapegoating.
    - Aquiring companies and laying off people, then expecting the rest to improve the quality and quantity of output to an unreasonable degree, while saying they support work/life balance.
    - Laying off just enough people so they don't have to report the layoff externally.
    - Tying unrealistic job performance expectations to salary cuts so they can get rid of people or reduce their salary without it being reported externally.
    - Laying off 200 people while the BU VP was making $3 million/year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - If you don't have budget for more people, make your project management more realistic.
    - Keep local jobs local.
    - If your VPs were making $1 million a year rather than $3 million, that would be twenty jobs you could save. Your product quality and innovation would improve because you'd have enough people who are able to do their best.
    - Follow President Obama's example for those companies receiving federal aid and scale back executive salaries before you scale back the salaries or jobs of people who are just making it.
    - Walk your talk of integrity to the people who work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cash strapped company with no growth potential

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Synopsys

    Pros

    Great individuals, great minds especially among the old timers.
    A great place to learn about cutting edge chip technology.

    Cons

    Cash strapped company, cost cutting mentality especially the past 5 years
    No growth industry translates into no growth company, with two concequences:
    1/ no or very few career opportunities, no or very few salary raises and stock
    2/ the company is not growing, if you want to move your career ahead you have to be willing to go after your peers (no room for promotion unless somebody leaves). Unfortunately this creates a lot of unproductive tension inside the company - I've seen managers sabotaging projects to push their adversary out. If you strive in such an environment, you'll get your promotion ! If not .... you'll be miserable.
    On the technical side, don't expect to learn and use cutting edge software development technologies. You'll be working on a legacy code (>20yrs) with old and heavy processes and a software development culture that is innovation adverse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Synopsys needs to re-invent itself, re-invent it software, its culture and learn to take risks again ... no risks ... no rewards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Curate's egg

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well. Great place if you are good at doing what you're told and lack imagination. Ethnically diverse (but check the team speaks your language).

    Cons

    The mission statement on the badge was completely ignored in my business unit (be brave, strive for version n+1,...). The team I worked with were out of their depth, fairly clueless, and were striving to maintain an "n-1" approach, in a sector where the version "n" (by Cadence) is a fairly easy target. A manager suggested I would be better working at a startup after I told him what needed to be fixed (happy to oblige).

    Software engineering style is as old as the products - I saw stuff like I used to do in the 80's. Nobody appears to know how to do architecture properly, or how to dig out of a mess.

    Cross BU cooperation is near nonexistent, and dev engineers don't get to talk to customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire anyone who doesn't have a plan for version n+1. Kill Prime Rail.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Have not had a good experience, can compare it to 3 other similar jobs in different companies, and all better.

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

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Big company, therefore provides some financial stability, but that is about it.

    Cons

    Poor career planning, micro managing, poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some sign of caring for the employees beyond the top 10%

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but beware of certain business units within!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Synopsys is undeniably a great performing company, as they are #1 in the EDA tools space. The technical talent they hire is top-notch and it is a very results focused company. CEO is a very motivational speaker and inspires hard work. Working at the MT. View location is probably the best bet to stay involved with numerous opportunities to advance career.

    Cons

    Certain business units are very unethical in the way they treat some of their people and like to assign blame from the bottom up. It nearly borders on criminal to say the least. Stay away from the VG BU!! IF offered a job working under the CAE directors in this BU, run the other way immediately. Synopsys should do a better job or reining in the way these people in this organization operate. For other BUs, everything my be just fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch how some of your BUs operate and be sure they are not laying blame on others to save their own skin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    Watch your back - the axe could fall at any moment.

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Good products to work on, relaxed company culture.

    Cons

    Instead of developing new technologies internally, the company's strategy is to acquire other companies. When a new company is acquired, management has an instant headcount problem. They solve this "problem" by laying off other employees.

    It's a double win for the CEOs - they're making themselves look cutting-edge by acquiring hot new companies, and simultaneously satisfying Wall Street by making it look like they're cutting expenses by reducing headcount.

    Not so good for the regular employees, though; they're left wondering if they're going to be part of the next group of employees getting the axe.

    Looking for a nice secure place to work? Look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some respect for your employees. Try fostering a culture where new technologies and processes are developed internally, instead of just leeching them from acquired companies. Your employees would probably be more productive if they weren't constantly looking over their shoulder for the next layoff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a good place to glide

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent people who are polite and for the most part friendly. There is enough to keep busy. Not always micromanaged. Work/Life balance is good. Some technical challenges. Community volunteer work.

    Cons

    Not a place to advance a career. Growth opportunities; limited. Challenging work; limited. Cross-training; limited. Salary increases; limited. Information seems to be guarded so you are on your own especially if you are part of an acquisition. CFO doesn't seem to value IT. Change is not accepted easily. There seems to be a family connection all over the place. The best work is for the favored not necessarily the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the CIO in charge of IT instead of the CFO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    stable but not exciting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stable working environment. Bonus is guaranteed. Company is successful in its field. better than average salary.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow. Upper management is stagnant. You have to work with twenty year old code. After some time, you do not learn new stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Employees pay a high price for the success of Synopsys - work/life balance is not even an option!

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good initial salary, bonus, benefits, vacation
    Evolving technology
    Well respected company
    Supportive colleagues to commiserate with to help each other to get through the day.

    Cons

    Salary freezes, bonuses paid according to cronyism; 24/7 workload expected
    Middle managers who are out for themselves only!
    One on ones are a joke, as managers don't want to hear your questions or feedback, they just want to load on more assignments.
    Employees never hear praise or appreciation - only hear about when something is wrong.
    There are a lot of two faced people there - especially in middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and appreciate all that they do to make you successful!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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