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Synaptics Reviews

Updated November 4, 2018
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Pros
  • "Nice workplace, work & life balance" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Great work environment (facilities, equipment, people)" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance can be a challenge at times" (in 6 reviews)

  • "I have no cons but it is a required field" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing company to work for. Awesome people."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Work life balance. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of work at times but isn't that normal?

    Advice to Management

    Share more with employees as what you get at the top. Difference between top execs and average engineer compensation should not be that much.


  2. "Beware the politics."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synaptics full-time (More than 5 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 you are doing your job well, don't expect job security. Best to jump on the latest thing that has entranced upper management even if what you are doing is paying the bills.

    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.

  3. "Dynamic Consumer Product Technology Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  4. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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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 Synaptics full-time (More than 3 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


  5. "Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves 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


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time (More than 5 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.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    fun place, some events, great work, wfh

    Cons

    i can not find any

  8. "I worked at Synaptics 7 years."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I worked at Synaptics 7 years.

    Cons

    Share price has been down lately.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Management in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays competitive, benefits are decent, nice and smart people.

    Cons

    CEO is afraid to hire anyone that "might" disagree with him, most of the Sr. leadership team couldn't find their way out of a paper bag, and after 3 acquisitions they still haven't figured out how to integrate an outside organization.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the BOD is to clean house, you still have good products but unless you have a leadership team that cares about the company's success opposed to their own this ship is going down.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovation, great people, cool technology

    Cons

    Poor leadership, less than talented or visionary. Very short sighted.

    Advice to Management

    Resign many current top positions including CEO. Stop milking the company dry with compensation for the top. Have the board grow some balls and say enough is enough.


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