Synopsys Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
471 Reviews
3.8
471 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
362 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.  

    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 for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People work hard here, but you still get great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Communication was an issue. Need better interaction across teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    loosing attraction

    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Deal with exciting Technical challenge

    Cons

    Deal with not so good upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some respect to the members.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice company with smart people

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

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

    Pros

    smart people, challenging problems, industry leader.

    Cons

    Not many perks. Does not get to go to conferences or publish. Growth is okay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prefer internal people for advancement over hiring from competition.

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

    Do not recommend a CAE role

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

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Staff is mostly friendly
    No micromanagement
    Work from home is not encourage, but permitted (privileges depend on whether you are in good books of the VP)

    Cons

    Left the company as the work is boring and there is no growth or appreciation for the CAE work in IG CAE org.
    Sucking up helps in this company
    Poor bonuses and salary increments compared to the industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to reduce the bureaucracy and recognize and reward real talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a stable but lackluster working environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys

    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.

  8.  

    Well managed stable technology firm

    • 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

    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
  9.  

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

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Challenging job, talent people, stable company

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted in some group.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I would recommend this to experience guys

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    • 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

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

    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
  11. 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

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

    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

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