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Updated July 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "Nice workplace, work & life balance" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Great work environment (facilities, equipment, people)" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance can be a challenge at times" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Can be long hours and demanding work" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great technology and great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work culture and lot of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    I can not think of any.


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    • 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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Needs new management"

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

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    - most of the people are great to work with
    - new executives are bringing in fresh ideas and changes
    - great office, clean, lots of natural light
    - lots of very very smart people who have been here a long time and are willing to teach
    - not as many politics at the VP-level and below.

    Cons

    - many previous executives were brought in by the CEO. they wasted money and resources with no recourse. CEO blindly trusted them.
    - CEO thinks tacking on new companies, instead of changing existing culture/improving existing products is the only way to move forward.
    - lack of interest by senior management across the board. they seem tired.
    - lack of understanding on how to improve employee morale and get people interested in working again.

    Advice to Management

    you are out of touch. spend more time with employees and understand what drives them. provide more transparency. and stop pretending like you know everything! it's very very clear that you don't - seek to learn from others to improve yourselves and the company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Validation Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    They people in Rochester are great.

    Cons

    Working with people from other time zones


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Environment and insurance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and culture.

    Cons

    Medical insurance package and 401k plan are not best


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not as good as it used to be"

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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

    Friendly people and teams, nice campus.

    Cons

    We used to have a cohesive culture but with the tough market competition and the under-pressure business performances, the culture starts to fall apart. Cost cutting initiatives are stretching the hope and beliefs of the people working there. Unfortunately, there're also a lot of leadership changes, re-orgs, which doesn't seem to stabilize the situation.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop focusing only on the shareholders' interests, think more about how to retain/develop your top talents. (it's not just about money but money does talk).
    - Clearly articulate the long term game plan, we heard a lot about IoT future, but how to get there, what's our plan? the strategic plan needs to be translated to front line, not just some beautiful slides for analysts.
    - Get closer to the employee and listen, the size of Synaptics is tricky, it's not big enough to fight and leverage the scalability, but it's big enough to have a lot of politics and bureaucracy. Dangerous status!


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