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Synopsys Overview

Mountain View, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (SNPS)
Computer Hardware & Software
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Smart, Secure Everything—From Silicon to Software

Synopsys technology is at the heart of innovations that are changing the way we live and work. The Internet of Things. Autonomous cars. Wearables. Smart medical devices. Secure financial services ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2011 (#25)

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  • A piece of advice given to interns yesterday at our new employee orientation: "Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience." That's what our #synopsysinterns are about! #lifeatsynopsys

  • Mark your calendars for the UC San Diego DECAF Career Fair tomorrow from 9 AM to 3 PM! Sign up and get more info below.

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Synopsys – Why Work For Us?

Synopsys is at the heart of more technology than you may have imagined. Chances are, any element of technology you use is enabled or influenced by Synopsys―from everyday conveniences like smartphones and wearables to mission-critical applications for medical and automotive safety.

The greatest companies around the world use our tools to design amazing things like autonomous cars, smart homes, and machines that learn. Our commitment to making silicon smarter and software more secure in cyberspace makes an impact on everything, everywhere, everyday. 

For 30+ years, Synopsys has nurtured a culture of integrity and excellence that fosters creativity, care for each other, and concern for the community around us. We value diversity and different perspectives. And we embrace everyone from enthusiastic learners to world-class innovators wanting to make their mark in the era of Smart, Secure Everything.


Who we are. Synopsys is one of the world’s largest application security firms. For over 20 years, we’ve been helping organizations secure the applications that power their business. Synopsys’ Software Integrity Group (SIG) takes a holistic approach to designing, building, and maintaining secure software—a concept we call “Building Security In.”

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Our Culture. We are committed to providing opportunities for maximum development and goal achievement for all employees. Our employees are our number one asset. We demonstrate that by providing a comfortable and progressive workplace that fosters a sense of team spirit. We work hard, but we have fun doing it.

Who We Recruit. The people that work at Synopsys are the core of what we do. Our team includes pioneers in software security, seasoned experts who have supported security operations inside organizations, and fresh developers who have built and deployed secure web and mobile applications. If your goal is to think big, seize opportunities, innovate, and be a fearless risk taker, Synopsys wants to talk to you.

Interested in growing your career with Synopsys?

Latest SIG opportunities include:

At Synopsys we talk a lot about commitment, and about what it takes to be a great, enduring company. A key element of Synopsys' success is our strong set of core values: Integrity, Execution Excellence and Leadership. We adhere to these principles because they are right, and because they achieve results.

To Our Stockholders, Business Partners And Employees:

Our first commitment is to our customers. Synopsys is dedicated to enabling its customers to design remarkable chips by delivering the most complete semiconductor design solution through a combination of software, services and intellectual property. Customer satisfaction is Synopsys' most critical measure. We track success "one chip at a time."

For its stockholders, Synopsys is committed to managing its business skillfully and in accordance with all legal and ethical requirements, and to reporting its results with accuracy and candor. We believe great companies sustain growth and strong profitability over time, and opt for the long-term health of the enterprise rather than focusing only on short-term gain.

For its employees, Synopsys is committed to fostering an environment that treats people with respect, honesty and professionalism. We strive to develop the best in all of our employees, and to provide an environment that encourages corporate and personal growth.

Finally, Synopsys is committed to partnering with the communities in which we work. Every year, Synopsys reaches out to local communities with resources and employee leadership to support education, science programs and a variety of other activities.

Synopsys is proud to be a technology and community leader. We look forward to sustaining that leadership by fulfilling our commitments with energy, skill and integrity.

Aart de Geus
Chairman and CEO

Synopsys Community Affairs embodies the company’s values by implementing worldwide philanthropic strategies that strengthen local communities, encourage employee engagement and inspire a new generation of technology leaders. 

Synopsys maximizes our Community Affairs efforts by engaging the creativity and energy of our dynamic employees through our Synopsys Shares program. Employees are empowered to organize volunteer projects and giving campaigns as well as participate in the employee matching gift program, allowing them to have a greater positive impact on the communities where they live and work.

At offices around the world, more than 150 volunteer activities or giving drives take place each year. During the company’s 25th anniversary in 2012, offices worldwide celebrated our corporate values by organizing 37 community activities that engaged more than 1800 volunteers.

All of Synopsys’ larger offices have employee-led Corporate Giving Committees that plan and coordinate Synopsys-sponsored community activities for employees to participate in. Popular activities include science fair judging, food and good drives, environmental clean-up projects and blood drives.

Synopsys is made up of leading technologists who enable the advanced electronic devices of the future, and in our charitable efforts, we empower our employees to inspire and foster the world’s next generation of technologists. We sponsor science fairs and contribute to primary and secondary STEM education programs. This is driven by the incredible passion and dedication of our employees to enrich the lives of others in the fields they know best. 

Synopsys is dedicated to advancing STEM education opportunities that contribute to the growth and development of our future technology leaders. In 1999, the Synopsys Foundation was created to strategically donate to organizations with either a strong focus on math and science education or that help those most in need in our local communities. On a yearly basis, the Synopsys Foundation provides approximately $1.9 million in grant funding to areas where Synopsys has a major business presence.

As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor intellectual property (IP), Synopsys offers Internship opportunities to make a significant difference within the walls of our billion-dollar company and upon the world as a whole. It all starts with a culture built on integrity and a commitment to help semiconductor and electronics companies around the world accelerate their innovation. 

Internship FAQ

  • Who qualifies as an Intern?
    Undergraduate or graduate students (Masters or PhD) who are enrolled on at least a half-time basis at an accredited college or university, or who have graduated within six (6) months of the internship opportunity. Typically, a student should have achieved sophomore status before being considered for an assignment. A student may be required to provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university program upon request prior to employment. Candidates currently on student visas, (F-1, J or Practical Training) are also encouraged to apply.
  • Where are Internships located?
    Internship opportunities are offered throughout many Synopsys offices worldwide. Available locations include, but are not limited to, Mountain View, CA; San Francisco, CA; Hillsboro, OR; Bangalore, India; Asia-Pac; and various locations in Europe.
  • What opportunities are offered?
    Students may find opportunities in Infrastructure areas such as Information Technology, Enterprise Information Systems, Finance, Legal, Marketing or Human Resources. Research and Development opportunities can be found in the areas of Software Engineering, IP, Verification, Test, Timing, Synthesis, Design for Manufacturing, FPGA or Mixed Signal/Analog.
  • How long is an Internship?
    Average duration of an Internship is three (3) months. Synopsys offers Internship opportunities throughout the year, with most positions available in the summer.
  • What benefits do Interns receive?
    • Competitive salary
    • Holiday pay
    • Real world work experience and research opportunities
    • Exposure to EDA and semiconductor IP technology
    • Opportunity to work with engineering and business experts
  • How do I find and apply for an Internship?
    Please visit our Careers page to access a database that is searchable by type and location. Internships can be found in the Functional Areas under the heading "Intern".
  • What is the Synopsys University Program?
    The Synopsys Worldwide University Program has been providing technology, tools, and resources for teaching and academic research since 1986. By offering industry-leading EDA and semiconductor IP technology at discounted prices to universities worldwide, Synopsys is ensuring that our customers and the industry are fully prepared to meet the design challenges of the future. Please visit the University Program page for more information.

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    "Overall a good company"

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    I have been working at Synopsys full-time


    World class technology + Industry leader


    Not much perk for employees

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bloomington, IN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Synopsys (Bloomington, IN) in May 2017.


    5 rounds of interview. Phone call with HR, Coding round, Technical Phone interview, 2 webx video rounds, final onsite with 2 consultants.

    Very unprofessional and unethical bunch of jerks. The final interviewer is the biggest jerk I have ever seen. They assume a developer cannot do a consultant job. They figured out that after one and half months of interviewing. Total waste of time.

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Synopsys Awards & Accolades

  • America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • Employees’ Choice - 50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2011
  • The Best Enterprise Software Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2013,, 2013
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
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