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Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman
Rick Bergman
96 Ratings
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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. Helpful (2)

    "Leave while the getting is good"

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative technology, good people to work with, great culture

    Cons

    Wow, this is difficult, so many. 1) leadership (that term is used very loosely). 2) The choices leadership makes. 3) Laying off senior people (very short sighted). 4) Offshoring most functions to inferior talent. 5) Milking the company dry at the top and leaving crumbs for those at the bottom.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO (Finally happened-Lose the faith) and anyone he brought in who is still there.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    Lots of cool products and cool people

    Cons

    Cannot find any major cons

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great technology but no focus on their greatest asset - its People"

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

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

    Pros

    Company has is trying to redefine itself and focus less on PC/Mobile and more on consumer IoT products, which is a good strategy.

    Cons

    A lot of great history of technology breakthroughs but the company has forgotten to focus on its people. We often use the phrase “Our Employees Are Our Greatest Asset" but Synaptics is lost - need to reflect on its culture, values and morale.

    Advice to Management

    Recent expanded locations and new managers throughout the company with bad people management skills. There's no identity under the new leadership team. Executives and HR need to go out and visit all sites and listen to employees. Synaptics used to pride itself of having an atmosphere that encourages new ideas, rewards success and celebrates diversity. Those days are long gone.

  5. "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 (2)

      "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 (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

    • Helpful (4)

      "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

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