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Updated January 12, 2018
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Cypress Semiconductor President, Chief Executive Officer Hassane El-Khoury
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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  3. 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


  4. "Good Engineers at Cypress Semiconductor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    In general, it is very open at Cypress Semiconductor. You can access and learn a lot of knowledge from other coworker or documents. A good memo and document system on line makes it easy for anyone who is willing to learn

    Cons

    There is NO mentor system. You have to learn everything on your own, In addition, there are too many rules in Cypress Semiconductor. A lot of managers are paper-pushers. They tend to follow the rules even though they don't understand the spirit of the rules.


  5. "My personal Cypress Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Dev Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Dev Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good starting company to get trained and learn

    Cons

    TJ did great job on cutting the waste and running the company lean but I saw some managers go too far by grabbing resource (people, tools, equipment) from others without recognition to improve their book

    Advice to Management

    Most people work hard and wants to do a good job. People will make this a great company.


  6. "IT Project/Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - IT Program Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Program Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Clean environment, working condition is above average. Everyone has a Cube and a phone, which makes your day comfortable compare to the new open office style.

    Cons

    The work load is that of two people. You work in all time zones; When someone leaves they don't replace that person, they share the job among other folks. Your work load keeps getting larger and larger; Compensation is low if any. You don't get raises and promotions.

    They have a lot of home grown tools, very difficult to use. Technology is old and outdated. No outside Training available. Basically, if you stay there long, you will be obsolete in the market.

    You have generic job titles which allow them to pile all sorts of unrelated jobs on you. Ratings are very hard.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to get the job done; Allow professional to focus on doing their job and develop.
    Take in consideration Employee's satisfaction, and support a work life balance. Stop working your employees so much hours.


  7. "Thick Skin and Hard Work"

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    Former Employee - Director+ in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director+ in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merit based opportunities
    Work hard, play hard culture
    Lifelong friendships with co-workers

    Cons

    Must not take anything personal
    Sometimes the environment is a bit harsh
    Micro-management tends to happen

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting support organizations

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Ridiculous HR department, Low compensation, Highly demotivated company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with one of the brightest minds in the company especially with engineers from erstwhile Spansion Inc.New CEO is more action oriented and futuristic.

    Cons

    1. Lowest compensation for entry-level and mid-level engineers.
    2. No appreciation for real work. Only marketing and sales guys get the credit
    3. HR department is unaware of the current salary trend in market. They use some 1980's salary spec.
    4. Cypress managers from outside location who recently moved to Bay Area should have an open mind and stop promoting their former colleagues alone.
    5. Highly demotivated environment to work. Projects gets scrapped often and deadline miss are very common.

    Advice to Management

    HR department should consider googling for current salary trend in Bay Area
    Respect all level employees. A company cannot be run by EVPs, SVPs and managers alone.
    Stop undue favoritism during salary negotiations and promotion scenarios.


  9. "Backend assembly"

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

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

    Pros

    I was a tech in San Jose and was a number 500 something and one who still has the gold eagle coin. TJ Rogers was aggressive but fair. Work was plenty!

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    Be like it was back in 86'


  10. "Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great people to work with.
    2. Competitive environment.
    3. Lots of scope to learn and explore new domains.
    4. Strong documentation and spec system.
    5. Strong core values.

    Cons

    1. Process overhead. Sometimes overkills it.
    2. Regarding salary, it's at the lower mid level in CA salary standard.
    3. Weak marketing strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on the perks that company offers.
    Improve the marketing strategy for different products. Launching correct product within market stipulated time should be of highest importance.


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