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Synopsys Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
463 Reviews

3.8
463 Reviews
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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

    Pros

    Stable company; many people have been with the company for over 10 years. People are friendly and movitated to do their job.

    Cons

    There is not much room to grow, if you want personal growth, you have to go on your own to do it, there is not much motivation/competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Does not value talent

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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

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work in Synopsys HR

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    None None None None None

    Cons

    Traditional, Not innovative, tons of politics, No Talent mobility,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good environment and work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Software Development  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Software Development in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Technically challenging work, nice benefits, open environment, efficiently managed, middle management has say and control in decision making

    Cons

    Difficult to think of any cons right now

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

    Enjoying my first week

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CAE  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - CAE in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    loved the company culture pretty libreal and employee friendly

    Cons

    none as of now. still difficult to comment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more clear perspective abt work and less of corporate jargon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good company to work in.

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

    Pros

    Good salary, working environment is very good. Work time is flexible and people are very friendly. Has many electrical cars in the compus.

    Cons

    Not many chance to learn.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are a small nail inside a ship

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

    Pros

    Relatively stable and good work-life balance

    Cons

    1) Promotion is a secret unless being promoted to management position
    2) Low upward mobility due to non-volatile management chain
    3) Annual salary increase slightly above inflation but below national average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company has doubled in valuation and became industry leader in recent years. Reward your employees accordingly; Understood christmas shutdown was needed during tough economy situation 2-3 years ago; but continuing christmas shutdown when stock is all time high and arguing it's due to employees' request is not ethic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Account Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    #1 EDA provider with large portfolio to sell from.
    Great work-life balance.
    Opportunities to change job/role within company. Synopsys will hire internally before hiring external candidates. Once you are in, you can stay there until retirement.
    Opportunity to work with some of the smartest R&D architect in the industry.

    Cons

    Aging company and sales force.
    R&D driven company.
    Personal politics and goals get on the way of business growth.
    Slow to make decision - DNA is built consensus and not empower people to make their own decisions.
    Easy to "fly under the radar" and do a minimum work (I understand this can be seen as a pros for some people!!).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well run, top notch leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Very stable, Lot's of opportunities to grow, customers are treated very well. Values and ethics of the leadership are unquestionable. Leadership with a technical background is perfect for a tech company. Career growth is possible with the right initiative.

    Cons

    Culture of too many meetings and e-mails: engineering works gets compromised. "Difficult" customers are tolerated. Sometimes leadership is too conservative. Lay offs on good times also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful in buying new companies....too many klunkers in the recent past (Virage!!!). Also, sometimes the new company leadership changes the existing work flows in a negative way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    The leadership team is by far the strongest in the industry. Business processes are well designed for efficiency and ease of use. If you want to work on high impact projects, you can. Career growth can be slow but if you prepare and do the work - you can get there.

    Cons

    Lack of change in the organization can be perceived as a real barrier to innovation and opportunity. Everyone is very professional. It's not a place where people have fun at work though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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