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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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Cypress Semiconductor President, Chief Executive Officer Hassane El-Khoury
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  • "Seems like work-life balance may be lacking" (in 50 reviews)

  • "No work life balance, selfish culture" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "associate engineer"

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    Current Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great company, clear vision, very busy

    Cons

    tight operating budget makes it hard to keep thing up to date.

    Advice to Management

    need better structure at lower line level


  2. "Associate Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company, great people working there.

    Cons

    No negatives, Cypress is going in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Management is good and improving daily

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Poor Moral. No support from CEO level. all about money not people.

    Cons

    People are great to work with.


  4. "Decent company for junior level person to learn and put in hard work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Data driven, hard work is appreciated, process driven

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Finance and Accounting are treated as bean counters. Very manual processes and everything is over-engineered, re-engineered, documented even if it's not value added.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on the non-value added work. Let other groups do their jobs and everyone doesn't have to be an analyst. Trust and grow the talent!!


  5. "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Nice and cooperative finance team.

    Cons

    Still need improvement on inefficient processes


  6. "Sr. Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    good pay, nice to engineers

    Cons

    political internal fighting waste too much resources

    Advice to Management

    focus on business


  7. "Great company to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work culture, innovative, highly ambitious CEO, young and new management.

    Cons

    Many benefits being removed under new management, conservative compensation, no 401k match, no espp lockin

    Advice to Management

    Don;t remove employee benifits

  8. "IT Manager"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bonus payouts have been incredible. 401k lacking. Culture seems to be healing after hiring new CEO. Company seems to be on the right track

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, staffing too lean, pockets of old TJR holdouts

    Advice to Management

    Keep heading in the right direction, purge the TJR holdouts, get the 401k competitive.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Poor work culture, limited management thinking, lacking direction"

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is ok. A few good folks that truly believe in helping the customer and each other. Mostly from Spansion but a few great people from Cypress too.

    Cons

    I left after 6+ years and can say I saw an ok company (Spansion) get absorbed into a terrible Cypress.
    Cypress is about placing blame. They are never about the customer, business partners or you the workers. When you tell them a marketing strategy from Cypress does not apply to legacy Spansion parts, they tell you that you are wrong. Then spend the next 2 years complaining about why sales for those parts have dropped - blaming distributors, sales and anyone other than the fact they tripled the pricing on commodity parts and priced us out of the market. Commodity parts don't work on their propriety based pricing model.
    I've watched an Exec VP fire our rep firm of the year in 2016 to replace them with his personal friends; and sales decline.
    Year after year Cypress has cut benefits (which are terrible now) with no regards to the employees.
     I've watched a manager Spansion fired for using business trips to take his wife/GF on to Europe and skip sales calls there get hired back by Cypress - because he's got buddies in the fold (he's a lousy manager by the way).
    They have absolutely bungled their lay off of customer service and outsourcing US/EU/PAC jobs to Malaysia. As they have for planning for multiple product lines, passing off their mistakes on the industry allocation.
    I will say the current CEO is better than the insanity of the ego driving, over his head TJ. I could care less that he dropped the F bomb in company letters but taking 3 hours for each company meeting to give you his movie reviews and post famous people quotes (which always included 2-3 of his own after JFK or someone else on his imagined level) was just embarrassing. His business choices were as arrogant and ill informed as the yes men he surrounded himself with. They Cypress is still in a fight with his insiders on the board and in the office 1-2 years later is exhausting. But I have nothing grand to say about Hassane, his milquetoast approach and inability to make any real decisions to lead the company to a better future is frustrating.
    There is virtually no chance of getting promoted. The constant revolving doors of Exec VP bring in their trusted folks as middle managers. Working hard gets you nowhere.
    But day to day is a challenge. About 50% of the people you work with is an adversarial interactions. The "not my job" culture of Cypress as everyone is held "accountable" so no one offers help way of business is tiring.

    Advice to Management

    Put the customer first. If you do right by them you will do right by Cypress and the stakeholders. Treat your employees much better. Nickel and diming them on raises, bonuses, benefits and in general a miserable culture in San Jose bleeds out to the remote teams and eventually the customers.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "dwindling benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    fun team to work with, great PTO policy, good job stability,

    Cons

    lackluster management, benefits are being stripped one by one, healthcare is down to the high deductible plan from 2019.

    Advice to Management

    don't stay set in your old ways, don't play so much politics and look to reward merit over seniority (hiring dinosaurs doesn't help things)


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