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Synaptics Reviews

Updated April 9, 2018
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  • 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
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    • 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. "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

  3. "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


  4. "Not as good as it used to be"

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    • 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!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "incompetence throughput the company"

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    Former Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation was decent. Can bring dogs to work

    Cons

    -The company has serious execution issue. Recurring theme is product is late to market, or yield is too low to meet customer's demand, or reliability issue with shipped products.

    -Upper management lives in their fantasy world, thinking they're all that, when in fact these are a group of rejects from AMD. Turned down the buyout offer at $110/share a few years ago, and now the stock price is 1/2 of that. Guess you can't expect too much from this group of morons

    -Lots of political infighting and people doing silly things for job security. The hilarious part is that they're fighting for job security in a company that's spiraling downward.

    Advice to Management

    You need to realize you're subpar talent running a company in rapid decline. Learn to be humble and start making some better decisions.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Why board a sinking ship?"

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work to do and more than you can ever do in a normal job.

    Cons

    Employees work incredibly long hours, more than the normal company that says "long hours". Management does not appreciate the employees and expect you to work 24/7 without any sort of recognition. Equity & raises only go to Executives and their favorites. The latest round of layoffs eliminated older and more highly compensated employees so that they could hire cheaper labor.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "On the downturn"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great people outside of upper management
    * Can-do attitude within teams
    * Working on cutting-edge technology that you see out in the hands of consumers

    Cons

    * Compensation far below market
    * Layoffs becoming the norm, high voluntary attrition of high performers, cutting of programs and people that help morale
    * Cafeteria food has been getting worse and worse, stays the same price
    * Riddled with execution problems, morale and loss of workers negatively affecting our ability to win
    * Executive management out of touch, more worried about buzzwords and bottom lines than building on our strengths
    * The company is attempting to buy margins and revenue through acquisitions, ignoring the technologies that brought us success in the first place
    * Consumer semiconductor is being commoditized and price-pressured by Chinese companies, affecting compensation, headcount, and employee programs... this trend will not reverse

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the employees! Worry less about short-term goals dictated by financiers and Wall St...Invest in your workforce to see the execution you desire. Stop desiring indefinite YoY growth.

  8. "Good place and great people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and the total compensation package are very good. But the people in the small design centers in Phoenix, Austin, and Rochester are top notch.

    Cons

    Typical of the high tech industry which is always susceptible to layoff.


  9. "Great team, pleasure to work with."

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

    I have been working at Synaptics full-time

    Pros

    Focus on innovation, talent is appreciated and rewarded

    Cons

    competition in the marketplace is tough


  10. "Come and Get It"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment (facilities, equipment, people).

    Cons

    Odd hours overlapping multiple time zones.

    Advice to Management

    Great leaders build a successful business.


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