Synopsys Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
487 Reviews
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Synopsys Co-CEOs 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.  

    stable company with limited upside

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Pros

    stable with small resource adjustment periodically
    work schedule is predictable, rarely have to work on weekends

    Cons

    no upward mobility - the industry is not growing, so limited opportunities for promotions
    salary raises and stock options are difficult to get

  2.  

    The largest EDA company with 25 years of innovations in semiconductor industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The overall working environment is comfortable with most of engineers being senior in the field. Company has been very profitable and maintaing a good job security for years.

    Cons

    Compared to the software companies on internet sector, SNPS doesn't grow as fast. The software development cycle and procedure is not as agile as those in internet sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dive into new market sectors. This will spur growth and attract young talents from school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good balance of work and life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Unix Systems Administrative in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Unix Systems Administrative in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The company is stable.
    Work life balance. The company encourages you to get fit, volunteer, social with coworkers.
    Nice people to work with.
    Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Lack of challenge.
    Compensation.
    No cross training (At least I didn't see any in the past 5+ years.)
    In IT, I don't find bonus.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You have to be the self-motivated to achieve greatness in your role.

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people who can get-by by doing the needed minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Porivde better employee benefits. For the size of the company and our current role in the industry, we defintely can do better. Provide better tutition reiumbursement programs and encourage people to learn n grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ok

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staf R&D in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staf R&D in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    normal job with a little bit pressure

    Cons

    not much new opportunities for

  7.  

    synopsys

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CAE II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CAE II in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good stable and process defined company, looks very stable

    Cons

    May not be very exiting for VLSI engineer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too early to comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start your career and then move on

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company thats a market leader. Engineers are talented. Good place to start your career, but if you're ambitious things move slowly here.

    Cons

    Mediocrity is accepted outside of engineering. Lot of dead weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better talent - improve compensation to do it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company. Plenty of internal politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 benefits vacation, free yoga, few/no shutdowns; Top pay (though average salaries are dropping for new offers); Stable org. charts. Would recommend working there (in R&D). C-level Execs there really care about their people.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. I think this is common in EDA however; Stability of org chart also means no upward opportunities unless someone leaves. This contributes to political environment. The company is technically focused - a non-R&D role is not ideal there. Company is moving to vast sea of tiny cubicles with waist-high partitions [yuck].

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more expansion into adjacent markets

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Everything is good except the location

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA

    I worked at Synopsys as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent experience but the location isn't good enough.

    Cons

    The location isn't good enough I think.

  11.  

    Best Job Ever

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great management team, job flexibility, respected industry leader

    Cons

    limited opportunities for career advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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