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Updated February 22, 2018
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Cypress Semiconductor President, Chief Executive Officer Hassane El-Khoury
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  1. "Cypress 3.0 provides a great workplace with support from all levels"

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced work with good benefits and flexible schedule. They put all the tools to succeed at your finger tips.

    Cons

    Longer than average work hours per week. Schedules are rather short and the guidance for the training for tools is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to refine training


  2. "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.

  3. "IT Support Analyst BEWARE!"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really great people work at the Austin location!

    Their checks don't bounce.

    On-site cafe and gym.

    Bonuses, when/if you get them, are nice.

    Cons

    Deskside support department is being run into the ground by incompetency and lack of qualification of the leadership in charge of it.

    Ridiculous workload. 900+ users to 1 deskside support. National average is at most 200-250 to 1. Management doesn't care. They just keep piling on the responsibilities.

    Ancient technology. Ancient hardware. Outdated software. Scrambling to catch up with modern tech and fumbling all over itself in the process.

    Burns out competent, loyal employees and then replaces them once they're used up.

    'Do more with less' is the order of the day.

    Compensation is well below average.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your managers/supervisors are experts in their field! Incompetency kills morale!

    Pay your employees more.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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)


  6. "Co-op Masters"

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    Current Employee - Co-Op in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    one of the leading low power IOT chip designer

    Cons

    Does not work on emerging technologies


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely unpleasant place to work"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chance to work on new products. Whether you like it or not, you will end up working in various business units, giving you exposure to all sorts of products

    Relatively flat organization for a company this old, which allows good visibility to the upper management. Irrespective of your role, you will be known by VPs

    After working at Cypress, because of the experience and visibility gained, you are trained to climb up the ladder wherever else you go

    Cons

    The immigrants (especially those on L1 visas) are underpaid. In order to hide that, they have wide pay ranges at each level and constantly rate these immigrants lower in the appraisals. If they were really so bad, why bring them to the US? There are many numerous cases of employees leaving within weeks of getting a green card, because they finally have the ability to get fairly paid.

    Constant instability in terms of employment. You never know when they'll lay you off or force you to switch functions, divisions or geographies. Internally, if people get to keep their job, it's perceived as a promotion

    Insufficient benefits at all levels. Most tech companies in the Bay offers 401K matching. Cypress doesn't. Most tech companies give good annual bonuses and stock options. Cypress gives a few hundred dollars a year of stock and a couple of thousands a year in bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people fairly, independent of immigration status. If the only way to be promoted is to threaten to leave, no one will be happy to work even after getting promoted

  8. "Challenging but non-rewarding work style"

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart employees with good challenging work.
    High visibility opportunities

    Cons

    Compensation not on par with industry and average great work/life balance


  9. "Staff Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    No politics culture. Teams are very collaborative.

    Cons

    Company is too process oriented. There is a spec for everything. It inhibits creativity


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Good products (IOT, MCUs, Type-C)

    Cons

    Paid Time Off replaced with Recommended Time Off. No clear guidelines.
    Vacation no longer accrues
    Raises & stock grants smaller and less frequent
    Meaningful service awards replaced with token gift cards


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