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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Good company to fine tune skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hands on experience ... Cypress allows you to really learn the ropes and fine tune your execution skills.

    Cons

    All areas of the company are structured as an operations project. which means there´s no room for creativity, only process execution.

    Advice to Management

    processes kill creativity


  2. Helpful (10)

    "T-REX has left the building!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    There is so much to learn here, both professionally and also, as a sort of social experiment. The culture is difficult and I witnessed more acts of public humiliation and rudeness than I care to remember. Painful. But if you DO manage to tough it out, the opportunity to expand your knowledge base is immense. Life is a learning opportunity, and boy does this place give you an education!

    Cons

    The culture is like the former CEO... a dinosaur. For a company that touts "no excuses management" and "we don't have politics here", this company has the most toxic management structure full of yes men (and women), that's been solidified in a cement of politics. The gentleman currently acting as temporary "CEO' grew up under TJR and if any of them (or the old guard executive staff) become CEO, the company will remain mediocre at best. So good luck with that, Cypress employees! The place needs modern thinkers, visionaries, and a CEO who's actually a business man (as opposed to an engineer) if they want to climb out of the jurassic age any time soon.

    Advice to Management

    Yeah, get a CEO from outside. Pay them alot, because they have quite the job ahead of them, undoing all of the damage that the former CEO, Executive staff and upper management have done to this company. It's a mess, starting with the top. In fact, the lower on the food chain you go, the more genuine, hardworking, and reasonable the people become. Understand that your employees are more than things and start to pay them well, treat them as if they're valuable and gut the chiefs. Just gut them. Get anyone who learned any kind of management from TJR out of there. They are all broken children of an abusive parent (those who are abused become abusers). Good luck. You're all gonna need it.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really can't think of any other than at the time they offered stock options (late 1980s).

    Cons

    TJ saw himself as God, exalter, ruler, king...you name it, he envisioned it as his kingdom and no one was allowed to question him. He even had a "kill" switch installed on his system so that he could monitor what anyone was working on at the time, and if he felt you weren't doing what he thought was the priority, he killed your application mid-stream. He only valued degrees from prestigious universities, to the extent of making others feel less worthy. He is arrogant, insulting and abusive.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for the old guard to go, including TJ. If you want any chance of staying in the game and attracting valuable young talent, get rid of the old guard.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Cypress"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Unknown future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long history of stability & reasonable treatment of employees.

    Cons

    Recent merger has shaken my faith as to the future of the company

    Advice to Management

    Make your forecasts more accurate about the decision timetable. You appear to not know what you are doing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not to bad of a place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was good, and the benefits weren't bad either. I worked in equipment maintenance department, and my manager Bob King was the absolute best manager I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    One of the things that particularly annoyed me with this company was the rotating day of a compressed work week. The rotating day was Wednesdays, which those who worked the back end of week, worked every weekend.

    Advice to Management

    I think management in general was pretty faur and honest. The one piece of advice I would suggest is give some thought to changing the rotating day to Saturday for those working a compressed work week.


  8. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning Environment, Good Pay, Flexible timings

    Cons

    None That I can think of.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours, lack of growth and recognition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Good company to start your career on Hardware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to start your consulting career

    Cons

    Good place for people who are very aggressive in their career and are willing to explore out of their roles.


  11. "CY-Semi"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, great benefits, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    very process oriented, creativity not valued


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