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Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman
Rick Bergman
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  • "Frequent lay offs, micro management, hierarchy, poor work/ life balance(in 7 reviews)

  • "I have no cons but it is a required field(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    Fun, aesthetically pleasing, career development

    Cons

    Need more investment in internal innovation.

  2. New technology not always fly

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      Former Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

      I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      it has a good culture, encouragement.

      Cons

      lack of efficiency, lack of good management.

    • Good team work

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Good team work, challenging assignments

      Cons

      Frequent lay offs, micro management, hierarchy, poor work/ life balance

      Advice to Management

      Work to build employees confidence in long term decision making, more transparent communications across all facets of the company

    • Helpful (1)

      Marketing senior manager

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      Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great community of technical innovators

      Cons

      Senior management is disconnected from the talent in the company

      Advice to Management

      Groom replacements

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      Stay away

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

      I worked at Synaptics full-time

      Pros

      Great history. They were one of the first ones to develop touch technology.

      Cons

      Politics rules. No potential for growth Tribalisim, You are either part of a small tribe of people or not. If you are not, your opinions are worth nothing and you are disposable. Can't compete with Chineese companies making the same product much cheaper.

    • Helpful (3)

      Beware the politics.

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      Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Plenty of technical challenges. Relatively few dead wood employees. If you are competent, chances are you'll get promoted.

      Cons

      Upper management seems baffled that some mistakes keep happening when acquisition of the necessary tools to prevent these issues is denied year after year. In the current climate, you'll rise faster if you have the gift of over-promising and BS-ing than if you actually can deliver. Be prepared to manage not just your boss, but the people they report to as well. Good luck as visibility will be limited. Even if...

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      Advice to Management

      Listen to your employees, not just the VPs and director level folk. Don't wait for your customers to demand certain test equipment be present in the company. Invest in the company before you are forced to. Trim some of the excessive number of directors and VPs.

    • Dynamic Consumer Product Technology Company

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Synaptics full-time

        Pros

        > Interesting products & technologies > Great people > Opportunities to learn new skills and fill different roles > Opportunities to make significant contributions to high-profile consumer products > International company with global team members gives opportunity to work with culturally diverse teams > Flexible working hours

        Cons

        > Globally dispersed teams and customers often require late night and weekend work times

      • Manager

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Good People and Good culture across the company

        Cons

        Very Laid back environment, tuff to get the meaningful work done - Very old school management - No Motivation to build strategy for next 5 years, reactive mode - I would not advice to join this company , unnecessary stress.

        Advice to Management

        Open up with Employees, Bring some Excitement, Share the information

      • Engineer

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

        I worked at Synaptics full-time

        Pros

        Coworkers are nice and plenty of drink selection

        Cons

        Poor management and no chance to grow

      • Helpful (1)

        Interesting place to work, but business conditions are not good.

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Synaptics full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Competent, talented, dedicated peers. Will not stop until the goal is achieved. Good relationship with customers. Good technology.

        Cons

        Struggling to regain business momentum. In a field with fierce competition. Yearly layoffs.

        Advice to Management

        Look long term. Look for synergies.

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