Synaptics Reviews

Updated Jun 1, 2020

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3.0
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Synaptics CEO and President Michael Hurlston
Michael Hurlston
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  1. "Great technology and great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work culture and lot of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    I can not think of any.

  2. "Used to have great technology"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    leading analog technology. In transition to IoT

    Cons

    not so good at software/firmware. 90's way to do software.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Getting out as soon as market stabilizes"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Potential Stock Value, employees (both in Asia and Corp office)

    Cons

    Executive Management not professional and very short sighted. CEO, SVP HR, SVP Mobile all over their heads. Future products and no R&D. HR and Legal is the worst in the industry. Taiwan as COE

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    "not a good company to work for anymore"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    not a single benefit for regular employess

    Cons

    new management bringing their buddies (in VP/SVP roles) every other week across all sites. no more stock options for regular employees. tweaked espp program to further erode employee perks. cutting costs to increase GM. layoffs every 6-9 months. unlimited PTO is a joke. cafeteria is substandard. no work life balance. you are expected to attend late night meetings and still show up at office by 9.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Need a clear roadmap"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, nice coworkers, lot of talent around.

    Cons

    No roadmap and yearly layoff.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - used to be"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Location, technology, base salary, culture, people

    Cons

    New management doesn't know what to do, it's goal is to raise shareholder value and sell the company. There is no future there for engineers, company is downsizing and moving development to the east. Culture and values are all in the past

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    "Used to be good..."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Used to be a good stable place to work with good life/work balance and great people.

    Cons

    Starting from 2015 company is going down... With a lot of pressure on core business (touch) company tries to find new businesses but it doesn't have a lot of success there... Each year (sometime twice a year) company layoff people... It is not a stable company anymore... People moral is low... current employees are looking for new opportunities elsewhere or waiting for next layoff and working without pushing too hard.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "New leadership bringing in their people"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work on cool products with great customers

    Cons

    Politics is the way of life

  9. "good work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer 

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    good work, good benefits, good gym

    Cons

    could do with more Training

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be good"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Synaptics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting work...once upon a time

    Cons

    Pretty much everything now. Layoffs every 6 months...bunch of greedy rich dudes in the board hired a ceo to be their puppet. And his first order of business after an amazing quarter was to thank its employees by laying them off...a week before thanksgiving. Who laysoff their people every year before thanksgiving like clockwork??!! Terrible human beings running the company.

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