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Synapse Design Overview

Headquarters Santa Clara, CA
Size 501 to 1000 Employees
Founded 2003
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Synapse Design is the industry leader in design services for highly complex SOCs and ASICs and is the engineering backbone of many top tier semiconductor and systems companies around the world. The Company's products and services support customers creating high-end ... More

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Synapse Design – Why Work For Us?


Synapse Design is an industry leader in design services and is the engineering backbone of most top tier Semiconductor and System companies around the world. Synapse Design target customers are companies with $1 billion in revenue, and we enable them to meet their technical & resource challenges to build the next generation products.

Founded in 2003, headquartered in San Jose (Silicon Valley) with operations in Irvine, Boston, San Diego, Boulder-Colorado, China, Europe and India. Synapse Design has over 700 employees distributed around the globe and is aggressively growing. 

Synapse Design assists its clients in developing their next generation flagship product lines (mobile devices, complex routers/switches, consumer products, storage, microprocessor, graphics processors etc.). This includes developing cutting edge technologies that are key and rare in the industry. Experts in building the most complex SoC`s, Synapse Design further differentiates by having one of the strongest analog/mixed signal & software design teams in the industry. 

The Synapse Design engagement model is equally diverse - all the way from architecture or product spec development to full turnkey projects, or deploying large/small teams around the world to help its clients deliver their latest product - fastest to market.



At Synapse we come together with a "Will DO" spirit. Our teams are the driving force propelling us to scale new heights. Well rounded individuals, thorough professionals, knowledge Gurus – Synapse employees fit this description. Working on the most aggressive process technologies such as 20nm and 14nm technologies; and a variety of projects across domains, our engineers are always up for a challenge and to cross new frontiers. 

An open work culture with an interactive atmosphere encourages collaboration across teams and breeds innovation. Supporting each other and teaming up to explore beyond what is known. Ever growing skill sets and information enriches the inquisitive minds. 

Opportunities galore, paving the way for successful careers. Performance and the right spirit rewarded amply. Synapse grows as their teams scale higher. 

Come join us to amplify and resonate with us.


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Synapse Design Co-founder, President and CEO Satish Bagalkotkar
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39 Ratings
  • Excellent company, seasoned management team, engineers work on the latest design cycles

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
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    I have been working at Synapse Design full-time (More than 3 years)


    Very strong technical leadership with current knowledge in all aspects of semiconductor design and embedded software. Engineers work embedded into our clients design teams. Ability to work on multiple projects with multiple clients. Modern attractive Design Centers. Advancement opportunities both in personal and salary growth. Have not experienced company politics at any level. Significant opportunity to learn and grow professionally.


    Company offers 401K but not matching. HR dept needs to implement regular performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Offer 401K matching and yearly performance and salary reviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Synapse Design (Santa Clara, CA) in November 2013.


    A couple times they would call me in the morning expecting me to come in that afternoon. One time, I did not find out about an interview in time. I should have realized that it would be an indication of how much I would be pushed around on the job.

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    • At one point, I was asked if I would go to the customer in Texas. It sounded to me like the interviewer was talking about a single trip. I should have asked how much time I would spend in Texas. Later, when the offer came, they wanted me to spend one week out of every month in Texas.   Answer Question


    I regret accepting the offer. They kept pushing for more Texas trips, and I talked them down to two weeks. After I accepted the offer, my supervisor would later press me for more time.

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