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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  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


  2. "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

  3. "Good learning experience - needs new management"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor as an intern

    Pros

    Challenging work and very interesting. Semiconductors are very intriguing and you can always learn more.

    Cons

    There is very low employee moral and high turnover. The management had employees quitting or switching managers because they were that bad.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize and evaluate management. The employees are very unhappy with the way things are and this was apparent as an intern from Day 1.


  4. "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.


  5. "Process oriented company is in the midst of changes"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable working hours if you have a family. Many workers prefer to come in early and leave the office around 5pm
    Lots of training available for new grads

    Cons

    Extremely process oriented, but is improving with new management changes. Still a long way to go...
    Little appreciation from management for hard work
    Bonus payout is low
    RIFs seem to continue

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employee happiness and growth to attract top talent. Remove all of the unnecessary process requirements to get better output from employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Going through changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people, who really care about doing the right thing. Innovative engineers who turned out some great products. Relative low turn over compared with the rest of the Valley.

    Cons

    Management more focussed on the process than the results. More concerned with internal operations than on customers. Product families divergent, and disjointed.

    Advice to Management

    The mantra that brought Cypress from a startup top a $1B company was product innovation, customer focus, and execution/delivery. It would be nice to see them focus on all three.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "If you like work-life balance, no need to apply"

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

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time

    Pros

    Working here by way of acquisition, still looking for something that I can say is positive and a reason to stay. Things might improve now that TJ is no longer CEO.

    Cons

    Extremely rigid structure, everything is by 'the spec', even if it doesn't make good business sense. Not a collaborative environment, everyone needs to look out for themselves and keep your head down.


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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