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Updated March 23, 2017
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  1. "Good Training Ground"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable, Process Oriented company. Good training ground to learn Lean Management, Quality Process and Semiconductor Engineering

    Cons

    Transplants does not have company's core values and deviates from it causing to no ownership and blame.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Cypress Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart People, good products, stock fluctuates so you can make money

    Cons

    a little dysfunctional, niche products that can't support many customers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Going through changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "The wicked witch is dead."

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people. If you are a circuit designer or applications engineer, I can't think of a better place to start your career. If you consistently rank in the top 10-15% of your peer group, expect to be recognized and rewarded at Cypress. Company finances are tightly managed. Many opportunities to run your own business.

    Cons

    Auxiliary jobs (IT, HR, Finace, are not respected, and not empowered.
    CEO was pathetic at engaging the most valuable asset of the company. In the end, he lost some of his brilliant intellect and ran on pure negative emotion. It was kind of sad to see how everyone learned to skillfully obfuscate in order to get the hell out of the boardroom. So much productivity lost. Opportunities for growth squandered.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment where we can admit mistakes and critically evaluate them with our peers. Good Compensation is needed to play, but anyone can have good compensation. Engage the engineers. Maintain enough headcount in supporting functions so engineers can focus on engineering. Timely, accurate, detailed, honest feedback is essential.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "T-REX has left the building!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  8. "Good company to fine tune skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work is challenging although it can be stressful at times. Rewarding to work with smart people who will do what is right.

    Cons

    Boom-bust cycles inherent to the industry. A lot of pressure to reduce cost. Stress levels are high at times.

    Advice to Management

    Focals need streamlining. The principle of rewarding performance is great but there are aspects of the process that are counter productive and sometimes demoralizing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great information and data tracking systems.
    Very policy (spec) driven. Have specs for EVERYTHING. Follow the spec or change the spec.

    Cons

    Cypress has an 'old school' management style. Very militaristic and hierarchy driven. Likely worked well with 'boomers', but will likely have difficulty with 'millennials'.

    Advice to Management

    Grow your employees through development and education by providing better professional/job specific training and career advancement opportunities.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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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