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"Probably the worst job ever."

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Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Interesting technology, interesting CEO with good core values on paper. Stock options, ESPP, RSUs were good, got worse, might get better.

Cons

Company core value claims to "deplore" politics. The reality is the opposite. TJ, surrounds himself with yes-men. The most recent VP is notorious for being obsequious in public to the CEO that it's embarrassing. It's not even yes-TJ - it's always yessir.

The most interesting product (core PSOC) doesn't really work. USB is boring and in decline. Memories are boring and in rapid decline. Anyone who points out problems in any business gets shoved to the side and out.

It doesn't matter how bad or good you are. You should be a yesman (no women appear to be allowed) and be a CY NCG hire. Outsiders get all the abuse and blame.

CEO pushes to move to being a "systems and solutions" company, but doesn't let anyone who understands systems and solutions to even speak in front of him. His obsolete ideas on SRAM are used as a model for logic design and fw/software design.

Everything is done by rote and checklist based on decades old obsolete waterfall strategies which might work if you're designing transistors (SRAM), but they don't apply to systems and solutions which are built iteratively. There are periodic fits of initiatives - the current one being Design Win Replication, which means if big customer asks for a particular solution, they try to rebuild it for that customer's competition as a generic part. Customer problems get reviewed all the time in the board room and heads roll frequently.

TJ will issue a mandate, VPs follow it blindly and 6 months later TJ will forgot he set it up a recent way and VPs will scramble to go back to the old way. Weeks are lost preparing for these meetings, with all levels of employees on call and standby to be verbally abused and questioned by the CEO himself on problems years old.

A chinese or indian engineer got fired once as he didn't understand english and annoyed TJ on the call. Oh, you better understand american foosball, as TJ is a Packers fanatic thinks that somehow that's relevant to chip design.

The VP of HR isn't an HR person - he's another old employee who's drifted from one project to another. He's cut stock grants and RSUs to the bone, complicated the hiring and firing processes to the point where it might take 6 months to hire someone in a low cost region, but only after you fire someone in a higher cost region. Salaries are by design at the average market point or a little below, but they want to hire "only the best." New college grads are reviewed by the VP staff and must be at least at the top in the grades, but have to accept average salaries.

Worst job ever.

Advice to Management

Same advice you give to everyone else: "Fix it. Right now. Or your fired!"

Since this is a family channel, I've censored the language. The lingua franca of Cypress is replete with four letter words.

Other Employee Reviews for Cypress Semiconductor

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Interesting products make this company worth it if you learn to brush off the frustration."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After nearly 30 years, CY still manages to succeed in an extremely volatile market. While many semiconductor companies come and go, CY stays the course. The technical ability of employees is well above average, which is attributed to the core values (we hire only the best) and the rigorous interview process (recently ranked as one of the 20 toughest interviews in corporate America.).

    Cons

    Management is stifling and has a poor track record of execution. Many product lines have gone by the wayside because of the management style, and the demeaning dictatorial style of the CEO. Further, the bloated overhead of processes makes it difficult to compete in the rapid product cycles of the tech industry. Effectively, anytime something goes wrong, a process must be added to ensure that it never goes wrong again, and everyone gets punished for one engineer's mistake. In the end, the "law code" of these so-called "quality checks" appears more like Congressional law code, and one might argue that it takes an "act of congress" to get even the simplest product out the door.

    Advice to Management

    If you believe your core values, and you really have hired "only the best", entitle your workforce to develop and manufacture products without all of the micro-managing and unnecessary pencil pushing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging, yet fun"

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    Former Employee - New College Grad Co-op Finance Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - New College Grad Co-op Finance Intern in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great, down to earth people who love to have fun, but work extremely hared

    Cons

    As an intern, my manager was never there to help me out. She thought that I should know everything about corporate finance when it was my first job in the field.

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