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Synaptics Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can be a challenge at times (in 5 reviews)

  • In the biometrics group, upper management does not seem to understand the challenges of mass production (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great company to work for, has some challenges that we can hopefully overcome"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, motivated team, innovative, collaborative, excellent lateral mobility, friendly, encouraging, candid, relatively flat organization, easy access to execs, interesting markets, interesting technologies, nice gym + sports court + showers, solid benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, maturing markets, commoditizing products, dropping margins, flattening revenue

    Advice to Management

    No company is perfect, or even maintains the facade of perfection for very long, but Synaptics is a great company.

    Synaptics has done a very nice job of investing in its future in the past, and needs to continue doing so in order to grow. Make sure that you are growing in areas where you bring value and resist the temptation to venture into non-strategic areas.

    Also, please bring back some of the team-building activities that used to occur so frequently back when the stock was hovering close to $100/share. Obviously you need to spend appropriately in the context of the overall business, but a little CNY party here and a Diwali party there would probably keep morale higher and increase the feeling of being on the same team.

    Keep having the Technology Conferences, Hackathons, Tech Talks, and other interesting events that do such a great job of engaging our global technical community.

    Offer more concrete paths towards career advancement. Obviously, promotions and job assignments are rarely guaranteed, but even something as simple as publicizing internal promotions would make the notion of advancement seem more achievable.

    I like the CEO (Rick Bergman) a lot, and would like to see him more regularly spending time outside of his office and interacting with more folks outside of his own management team. I am a firm believer in "Management By Walking Around", and that has been one area upon which I think Rick could improve as I have seen other leaders use this to great effect.


  2. "Senior Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, highly collaborative, decent amenities.

    Cons

    Focus on cost cutting impacting morale

    Advice to Management

    Great products and great people, leverage for growth.

  3. "What's the future?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    Company has solid engineering team, creating lots of intellectual property, best product and know-how in the industry.

    Cons

    Current leadership doesn't know how to develop new products, enter new markets, or innovate on business models. Doesn't think strategically, or know where to take the business in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in leadership who can develop new products, enter new markets, and operate in new business models. Think strategically, and communicate where you're going to the employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Manager"

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

    I worked at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    management sucks, hired guys did not even speak english

    Cons

    management sucks at all levels

    Advice to Management

    be fired


  5. "So, you think you have the weekend off?"

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

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

    Pros

    Stocks, challenging projects -- that is not much a pro if you can challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Leadership is a joke; even the bosses say it out loud that their management skill is bad.
    Assign titles that do justice to the work the engineer does, or align the workload so that the engineers' work reflects the title.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know how your teams mistakes will propagate across other teams; your engineers will not wait forever to get you up to speed.
    Make decisions that don't lead to reinventing the wheel.
    If the junior engineer is left alone to lift the whole teams weight by herself/himself, you must reconsider each team members' contribution to the team.
    Reward the "doers" and "go-getters", and scold the free-riders.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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

    I worked at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    Friendly engineers, great architecture team

    Cons

    Bad location, management, not many internal promotions, too political


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company with great outlook. Good products. Down to earth senior executive team.

    Cons

    Starting mid year of 2017, there won't be any vacations. This could be a morale killer as people like to know they can take planned vacations based on accumulated hours rather than having to depend on personal whims.

    Advice to Management

    Bring vacations back. Empowered employees are happier and more productive.

  8. "Great and collaborative environment"

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    Current Employee - Algorithm Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Algorithm Architect in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    People here have all sorts of different backgrounds, very highly qualified and they are all ready to collaborate and share. Such a great company culture.

    Cons

    The downside is, the Bay Area headquarters are located in San Jose. One of the most boring cities in California.


  9. "Challenging industry but GREAT place to work"

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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 Synaptics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Intelligent, fun, collaborative colleagues
    Cool, innovative technology and products
    Opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Challenging, competitive industry, hard to keep growing
    Can be long hours and demanding work

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing but spend more time talking about the strategy and vision.
    Invest more in people development
    Keep reviewing salaries and benefits so we attract the best talent


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not as good as it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great work enviroment, engaging and friendly coworkers
    - Good perks: gym, beer bashes, bike to work
    - Partial Matching 401k, ESPP, RSU

    Cons

    - Market saturation in mobile devices and laptops with growing competition leading to several cost cutting measures
    - Elimination of PTO system, employees must "ask" for vacation rather than earn their vacation
    - The possibility of getting laid off is high if revenue forecast are not met
    - Yearly reorganizations result in employees questioning upper management decisions

    Advice to Management

    Find a long term solution.


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