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San Jose, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1986
Company - Public (SYNA)
Information Technology
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Cypress Semiconductor, Goodix
At Synaptics, we reimagine what’s possible. We are a team of innovative minds transforming the way people touch, see, and interact with technology. We work fearlessly to solve complex challenges alongside the most influential customers in the industry, from all ... Read more

Mission: Enriching the interaction between humans and intelligent devices.

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Synaptics President and CEO Rick Bergman
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    "Great company to work for, has some challenges that we can hopefully overcome"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
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    I have been working at Synaptics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people, motivated team, innovative, collaborative, excellent lateral mobility, friendly, encouraging, candid, relatively flat organization, easy access to execs, interesting markets, interesting technologies, nice gym + sports court + showers, solid benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, maturing markets, commoditizing products, dropping margins, flattening revenue

    Advice to Management

    No company is perfect, or even maintains the facade of perfection for very long, but Synaptics is a great company.

    Synaptics has done a very nice job of investing in its future in the past, and needs to continue doing so in order to grow. Make sure that you are growing in areas where you bring value and resist the temptation to venture into non-strategic areas.

    Also, please bring back some of the team-building activities that used to occur so frequently back when the stock was hovering close to $100/share. Obviously you need to spend appropriately in the context of the overall business, but a little CNY party here and a Diwali party there would probably keep morale higher and increase the feeling of being on the same team.

    Keep having the Technology Conferences, Hackathons, Tech Talks, and other interesting events that do such a great job of engaging our global technical community.

    Offer more concrete paths towards career advancement. Obviously, promotions and job assignments are rarely guaranteed, but even something as simple as publicizing internal promotions would make the notion of advancement seem more achievable.

    I like the CEO (Rick Bergman) a lot, and would like to see him more regularly spending time outside of his office and interacting with more folks outside of his own management team. I am a firm believer in "Management By Walking Around", and that has been one area upon which I think Rick could improve as I have seen other leaders use this to great effect.

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Synaptics Interviews

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    Program Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Synaptics (San Jose, CA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    I applied through campus career fair. I happened to drop my resume at the kiosk and totally forgot about it. I got a call back after 4 months or more than that.
    I had one round with the hiring manager and two rounds with the HR. All the rounds were phone interviews only.
    The interview was completely about my previous work (program management) experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What is one of your biggest challenge at your previous job and how did you handle it?   Answer Question
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Company Updates

  • Acquisition of Conexant and Multimedia Solutions Business of Marvell Technology Group! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQt2W

    Press Release | Acquisition of Conexant and Multimedia Solutions Business of Marvell Technology Group | Synaptics

    Synaptics announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Conexant Systems, a technology leader in voice and audio processing solutions, and the Multimedia Solutions Business of Marvell Technology Group, a leading provider of advanced processing technology for video and audio applications.

  • Data Encryption versus Data Scrambling http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQt2K

    Data Encryption versus Data Scrambling

    To save a few pennies, some companies are trying to use these decades old scrambling technologies to protect fingerprint images. Here is an example of scrambled data sniffed from a shipping phone and the recomposed image after we deduced the algorithm and descrambled it.

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Synaptics Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces, Bay Area News Group, 2016
  • Top 50 Corporate Philanthropists in Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2016
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