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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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Cypress Semiconductor President, Chief Executive Officer Hassane El-Khoury
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  1. "Skeleton Crew"

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    Current Employee - SENIOR HVAC OPS TECH in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - SENIOR HVAC OPS TECH in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work load is reasonable and almost all of the employees are actually friendly.

    Cons

    Severely lacking in terms of benefits, retirement, incentives, insurance, HR personnel, opportunity for advancement, average salary increase is a fraction of yearly inflation etc.

    Advice to Management

    While you are busy counting pennies, the dollars are flying out the window.


  2. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Corporate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Corporate in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Company does the best it can to promote from within. You will have the opportunity to learn outside your department.

    Cons

    Tough corporate culture. High turnover. Takes to long to make hires.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of employees that consistently harass or yell at other employees. This isn't 1980 anymore.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Cypress"

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    Former Employee - Magement in Morgan Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Magement in Morgan Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very closely watch the bottom line

    Cons

    very process driven, not allowing for emopowerment

    Advice to Management

    less micro management


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours, lack of growth and recognition"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Electrical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Electrical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment
    Hardworking bright engineers
    Generous layoff severance packages

    Cons

    Long working hours. Nobody follows the core values. Politics, fear and anger driven. Engineers are treated rudely by management. No employee recognition unless you know how to play the system (politics). The bonus program is a joke.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Electrical Design Engineer in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Electrical Design Engineer in Lynnwood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The engineering teams are filled with smart people. The company is still lead by the founder who also happens to be a tech savvy engineer and business guru.

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement. There are too many high paid managers and not enough people doing the actual work.
    The pay is not competitive (20% under market).
    The benefits were never good, but in 2016 they are horrible.
    Management leaned too much on the stock plan to fill the compensation gap. Even before the recent decline the plan was basically worthless. Look at the CY stock history - it's been flat for 3 of the last 4 years - there is no growth here!

    Advice to Management

    The engineers are smart, but are lead by an incompetent management team. The product pipeline will dry up within 5 years given the current pace of attrition. The engineers actually doing the work are undervalued. Marketing needs an overhaul - marketing is not earning their keep - the low revenue company wide is not sustainable.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Applications Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Lynnwood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Results oriented, exciting, driven people, good equity and compensation

    Cons

    Politics, fear and anger driven, workaholics

    Advice to Management

    Step back and let your management chain make more decisions.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not Encouraged to join"

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

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunites were given to those who were ready to accept the challenge.

    Cons

    CEO micromanages EVERYTHING
    Locally, benefits are terrible
    Cafeteria food SUCKS.

    Advice to Management

    To the local management, please treat all your subordinates fairly. Due to your teacher's pet syndrome, people are being bullied.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Merger Casualty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Laid off as part of the "synergy" from the Spansion - Cypress merger. Received a fair severance package. Glad that I was not part of the new company.

    Cons

    Spent several months prior to being laid off to assist with the transition. Noted that project plans seemed to be driven from the top with very little knowledge of the scope or required tome to complete. Resulting in some very unrealistic dates for completion.

    Was told that the merger would look at the best practices from both companies for adoption and implementation. Reality was that they adopted the "cheapest" practices, forgoing many best practices.

    Very hostile and confrontational environment. Not for the faint of heart.

    Seemed that management below TJ had difficulty standing up to TJ when he announced an edict.

    Advice to Management

    Get some backbone. Listen to your teams. Stop the confrontation and hostility.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Management ?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great for new graduates, open environments, well documented.

    Cons

    political, bureaucratic, not much useful macro schedule & macro management


  11. Helpful (2)

    "For the Thick Skinned - They push it to the limit!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    A great place to start a career in. A start here gets you ready for pretty much any challenge. Decent benefits. Very good systems - they have a structure in place for anything you can think of. Some extremely smart people work here - so a lot can be learnt. In comparison to other places, there are way fewer passengers (Collecting a pay check only for being present) - so the concept of having to motivate your co-workers doesn't have to happen often.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? The distinction between management and individual contributors is made apparent (rather rudely) to every one at the outset. If you are on the wrong side of that equation (individual contributor) you will be judged freely without any regard to how much the judge really knows in the matter being discussed. Inexplicably, some managers who have a history of treating their employees very poorly will never be shown the door while other very talented employees will be allowed to leave with no fuss. Thirdly, the same great systems that they have in place becomes a hiding place for some managers/directors (who make a living out of rejecting memos/specs for paltry reasons) and a severe inhibitor for any kind of progress. In other words, the systems make for busy work. The management admits to the existence of this problem but really very little actually gets done to solve this problem.

    Advice to Management

    The word "empowerment" gets thrown around all the time but in practice, the opposite of empowerment is what is seen in most areas. If the people calling the shots sit back and think about what really happens in comparison to what's being said in the big meetings, there's a chance that employees might feel better about working here. Managers that treat their employees (and other people) poorly under the pretext of being aggressive in order to achieve their goals should not be tolerated. While Managers should have the subject matter expertise, they should also be reasonable people. If this doesn't happen, employee retention will continue to be a problem.


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