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Synopsys Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
463 Reviews

3.8
463 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
356 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a stable but lackluster working environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Synopsys is a very a stable working environment. It offers competitive benefit and flexibility for life and work balance. Overall, it is good bof people lokking for stability.

    Cons

    There is very limited room for growth at Snopsys. Most of the promotions are based on seniority and loyalty rather than performance excellence and innovation and wokring momentum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shake up the unfit upper management. Don't promote/reward based on seniority and loyalty but on performance excellence.

  2.  

    Well managed stable technology firm

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

    Pros

    Stable, well managed, mature island in rapidly changing high tech industry

    Cons

    Less cutting edge, most decisions making power focused in the director level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It is good to work in this company. Lots of talent people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Challenging job, talent people, stable company

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted in some group.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I would recommend this to experience guys

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

    Pros

    8hrs work and no pressures

    Cons

    not good work and not a great payer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    suggest to look for what employee want to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Peformance evaluations/reviews/appraisals in Synopsys, a BIG BOGUS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    -A reasonably stable company
    -Allows working remotely and flex time
    -If you are titled "CAE" and you dont perform, be rest assured that you wont be fired.
    If you are titled "CAE" and are among the performers, be rest assured you will not be rewarded in anyway.
    All CAEs in Synopsys are put into one big bucket when it comes to performance evaluation

    Cons

    -Peformance evaluations/reviews/appraisals in Synopsys are a BIG BOGUS
    -opportunities for professional growth and career advancement are extremely extremely limited
    -There are plenty of folks in our CAE groups who clearly have no work charter, they just come to work browse, chat and go home and the management is perfectly fine with that.
    -Managerment is clearly looking for yes men.
    -Sadly, dissenting opinions and people are squashed. Join this company ONLY if you pledge to always agree with your manager
    -Poor paymaster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is stagnating, management needs a shakeup.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ad-hoc management, hard work is not recognised

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff CAE  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff CAE in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    I have been working for Synopsys for 11 years.
    Company has a very good executive management.
    work/life balance is pretty decent

    Cons

    Middle management (especially in the CAE side) is poor and stagnant.
    Most managers are technically competent, but are old school and lack management skills
    Managers (at least in our group) behave very differently with their management versus with their reports. Disagreement is NOT appreciated.
    You have to literally suck up to your manager to be in good books.
    There is not much room for career growth for the CAEs.
    Lack of recognition for good work is prominent in all groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a direct channel of communication with individual contributors to get a realistic feedback about the managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A sad "Yes Boss" policy in IG CAE Business Unit

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

    Pros

    Easy work environment
    Good talent in R&D organization
    If you are a slacker, you dont need to worry in the IG CAE organization (slacking is ignored here)
    Industry leader

    Cons

    Its not surprising that most reviews about the company from Mt View Synopsys are not positive:
    The IG CAE Organization firmly believes in "Yes Boss" policy, if you disagree with the management, you are either doomed or on your own.
    Bonus distribution and career growth is "certainly" not performance based, Bonus amount rather distributed equally among the employees
    Growth potential in IG CAE organization is next to none, also mentioned in other reviews.
    Very little emphasis on quality of work, quantity is appreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get some new blood in IG CAE middle/upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Relaxed work environment, but expect no career growth

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

    Pros

    All in all a stable company, but does not have much growth potential due to the nature of the industry
    Provides a good work/life balance, mostly an un-stressed work environment
    Talented engineering staff
    A good place to work if you want a laidback work environment

    Cons

    CAEs are underpaid
    No incentives/awards/recognitions for good work. rather the awards are randomly distributed in the organization.
    Like mentioned in other reviews, career growth and promotion opportunities almost do not exist. Promotions in the synthesis CAE organization are politically driven.
    Big chunks of bonuses are awarded to the managers, most individual contributors are granted peanuts. Again, bonuses are NOT performance driven. The money pool is equally distributed among the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide recognition and incentives for good performers (message to the IG CAE management), else the company will start losing them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    new intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    Pros

    good for starters to learn

    Cons

    sometimes stressful, don't have much personal time

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

    Excellent people but a little old school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    The work culture is relaxed but people are mostly driven.

    Cons

    A little old school about facilities and work infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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