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Synaptics Overview

San Jose, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1986
Company - Public (SYNA)
Information Technology
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
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.

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.

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    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 – Why Work For Us?


Synaptics invents, builds and delivers human interface solutions

We are the pioneers and leaders of the human interface revolution, bringing innovative and intuitive user experiences to intelligent devices. From usability and R&D to supply chain and support, we collaborate with our partners to invent, build and deliver human interface solutions that integrate seamlessly and optimize system value.

The improved ease-of-use, functionality, and aesthetics of Synaptics-enabled products help make the digital lives of people more productive, secure and enjoyable.

Synaptics is headquartered in San Jose, California and is currently listed on NASDAQ.

Key Facts

  • We have more than 2 billion unique capacitive touch solutions in the market
  • Our 1,800 employees are located in a global network of sales offices and design centers
  • We have 1500+ patents issued or pending
  • 70% of our employees are in technology, engineering and product design functions, something we are proud of as an engineering driven company
  • We went public in 2002 with a successful IPO and are currently listed on the NASDAQ (SYNA) exchange

Our People Are Our Greatest Asset

You’ll be part of a team that cares about the quality of their work and the fact that they are part of a force that is constantly improving the technology behind today’s most advanced devices.

To learn more about our Synapticians, check out our profile on The Muse.


Local Involvement

Volunteerism - Passion to Make a Difference isn't just about the money we donate; it’s also about the time we dedicate to making our communities better. Employees are able -- and encouraged -- to take paid time off to volunteer with approved charitable organizations and educational programs that are meaningful to them.

Community Support - We support organizations that improve the communities in which we operate, such as agencies fighting poverty and hunger, and those supporting environmental conditions, STEM education, veterans services, and programs dedicated to the arts.

Health & Wellness - We support national and international nonprofit organizations that focus on medical research, treatment, and service advocacy for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Synaptics provides support for employees by paying entrance fees for runs, walks, marathons, triathlons, and bike rides that support these organizations.

Global Causes

Disaster Relief - Synaptics employees, combined with company matching donations, have contributed more than $250,000 to recovery efforts around the world, including relief for victims of typhoons and hurricanes in the Philippines, Taiwan and the U.S.; earthquakes in China, Japan and Nepal; and flooding in Thailand.

The Environment - While Synaptics creates products that improve how users interact with their intelligent devices, we also work toward improving the environment. Our commitment to the planet includes environmentally friendly product design and packaging, waste management, efficient office buildings, and corporate recycling programs. Synaptics is committed to adhering closely to the various and evolving environmental regulations around the world – a commitment that includes eliminating harmful chemicals from electrical and mechanical parts, semiconductor devices, printed circuit boards, and other materials from our third-party manufacturers.

Organizations We Support Include: American Cancer Society, Bike for MS. Camp Haccamo for disabled youth, CineQuest, East Avenue Grocery Run for Foodlink of New York, Family Giving Tree, Habitat for Humanity, Have a Ball Golf Tournament for Cancer Research, Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Run for the Cure, Science Buddies, Second Harvest Food Banks of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, Stop Hunger Now, Turning Wheels for Kids, Veterans Supportive Services Agency, and We Teach Science.

undefinedOur Culture of Creativity and Innovation Sets Us Apart

We offer a welcoming and inspiring environment where every employee is invited to collaborate on exciting technologies that are changing the way we interact with our portable devices. It’s the combination of ideas and talents from people of a multitude of backgrounds that really makes us unique.

Synaptics is the kind of place where:

  • You can walk into an executive’s office for an ad hoc discussion of what’s on your mind.
  • More than half of the people you see in the lunchroom have engineering degrees
  • Talented people explore human interface concepts that will end up in millions of devices.

Benefits

Synaptics offers a competitive benefits package for all employees. Below is a list of what you may be eligible for.

  • Medical, dental, vision
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • EAP
  • Short term and long term disability
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Pet insurance
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Employee discounts
  • Dogs at work!

An internship at Synaptics puts you at the forefront of ongoing advancements in an exciting industry and makes you a valued contributor toward changing the way people interact with technology. You’ll be part of a team that cares about the quality of their work and the fact that they are part of a force that is constantly improving the technology behind today’s most advanced devices.

Our US summer intern program is 12 weeks from June to August and is designed for you to build relationships both with one another and with experienced professionals. Most interns form lifelong friendships and mentorships. While here you’ll work on real-world projects that actually make an impact on our business and the success of Synaptics’ customers.

Intern activities and perks include:

  • Team building games and events
  • Lunch with employees in all levels of the organization, including our CEO
  • Offsite social activities
  • 24/7 access to our fitness center, as well as boot camp or yoga courses

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Synaptics Reviews

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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
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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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    Regional Sales Manager Interview

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    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Synaptics (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    Interview with HR then the hiring manager. I've approached their recruited via LinkedIn and she responded. She called me then asked me to their office for a face to face interview. I was then interviewed by their regional sales director via phone. For some reason that he wasn't impressed with my qualification therefore no further contact. I later on received a rejection email.

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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
  • Top Workplaces, Bay Area Newsgroup, 2015
  • Fittest Firm (Medium Sized), Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, 2015
  • Company of the Year (Large) - Gold, Best in Biz Awards, 2014
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