Synopsys Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Good company to work with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

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

    Pros

    It has intelligent engineers to work with. Most of them are open and friendly. The compensation and bonus is competitive in the industry.

    Cons

    As software company, the compensation is not as high as other industry software companies, like Google and facebook. In EDA, it is good. Some groups has a little more political issues than the other.

  2. Great place to learn - not so great place to earn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Durham, NC
    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Durham, NC

    I worked at Synopsys as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and experienced people to work with.
    Helpful mentors and managers.
    Excellent work-life balance.
    Learning pace is set by employee and not supervisor.
    People believe in values of the company.
    Friendly atmosphere.
    Management values employees and seeks individuals with core values and ideologies.
    Excellent leadership.

    Cons

    Pay seems a bit on lower side.
    Not many fresh graduates joining in.

    Advice to Management

    Move the branding of Synopsys from conservative payer to a more liberal one.
    Increase in incentives might lure many fresh graduates.

  3. I worked at Synopsys as an ASIC/logic design engineer (1998-2002)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of smart co-workers; all the EDA tools,licenses, and computing power you could ever ask for; relaxed work environment; good salary and benefits; occasional employee parties/functions to keep people from getting burned out due to spending all of their days in their cubicles; access to free training on Synopsys tools.

    Cons

    long hours; company continually re-organized (at least back in those days); commutes were long due to silicon valley overcrowding.

    Advice to Management

    i was happy working at Synopsys and don't have any advice for the corporate management. my issues had more to do with living and working in silicon valley, and that's why i left the company to move away from California.

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  5. OK

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to leading edge semiconductor technologies and circuit design.

    Synopsys is the most financially sound EDA company, and the caliber of co-workers is high.

    Cons

    Limited career growth and below average job satisfaction due to the highly reactive nature of a career in EDA. This isn't specific to Synopsys, though. It is characteristic of the EDA industry.

    Advice to Management

    Aid employees in finding career development opportunities.

    The salary structure is a mystery. Even if your product group exceeds revenue goals the annual bonus / incentive pay is unpredictable.

    Mgmt is aware of employees' hard work and over-time hours. Proactively reward / recognize employees' accomplishments rather than wait for them to resign from Synopsys.

  6. Well managed, stable and respected company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The company has strong financials and is the market leader in most areas of the industry. They sometimes maintain this leadership through acquisitions but do a good job of integrating new companies and technologies. In general the staff is intelligent, hard working and customer focused.

    Cons

    Legacy products and bureaucratic tracking systems can make it difficult to satisfy customer requirements. The development and support teams are global, requiring many late evening meetings which can interfere with work/life balance.

  7. Company with good work/life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work environment, friendly colleagues. Company allows remote work which is big plus.

    Cons

    Not much increase in salary over the years and not too much personal growth.

  8. Stable and good place to work

    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    1. Stable
    2. Powerful so only valuable and meaningful user requests can be passed to RDs to implement
    3. Follow software development process, including, spec, architecture review, code review and testing
    4. RDs can focus on software development. Unlike some small companies, some RDs need to do customer support as well.

    Cons

    1. Many managers
    2. Too many meetings

  9. You get what it should be in a traditional compay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    life work balance is great;

    Cons

    no much career improvement, less cutting-edge technology deployed

  10. Helpful (1)

    Stable and filled with good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    For such a large company there are an extremely high proportion of truly nice people who are enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    It's hard to move up once you get to a moderately senior position, but it's also very easy to stay put and have good quality of life.

  11. good place to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    stable company, number 1 in EDA area

    Cons

    could be very stressful when customer run into issues with the tool

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