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Updated October 22, 2018
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    World class technology + Industry leader

    Cons

    Not much perk for employees


  2. "experience to be a Software Engineering(Intern) in bay area"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good work/life balance, colorful life and good engineering atmosphere

    Cons

    few chance to get a full time job, kind of "relaxing"

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Company"

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

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    moving into the Security Software arena. Starting to take on the identity of a newer software company.

    Cons

    Continues to operate as a old 90's - early 2000's company. The old managers need to change the way business is conducted.


  4. "App engineer"

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    Former Employee - App Engineer in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - App Engineer in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training program good environment to work

    Cons

    Aggressive schedules sometimes there is too much traveling and some for no reason


  5. "Staff Analog Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Analog Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Analog Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-Life balance, benefits, management, excellent technical people, tier one IPs

    Cons

    Salary, promotion, low RSUs, bonus,


  6. "SIG Consulting - good experience overall"

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    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people, cool projects, upward mobility, positive work environment.

    Cons

    High focus on maximum billability

    Advice to Management

    For SIG consulting:
    -Move away from staff augmentation (contractor model) back to our niche (technical SMEs, management consultants, and managed services).
    -Mandate time for at least a week of in-person certification courses annually. Clients will accept this even for those on long-term projects.
    -Client managers should be reviewable by the consultants staffed on their projects
    -After a Consultant finishes a long term project, mandate IP creation immediately instead of sticking them on another project. Including marketing activities, internal IP creation, speaking engagements, and informing SIG product lines.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "SIG Needs Competent Leaders, Advancement Opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Well stocked kitchen
    - Compensation is on the better side of fair.
    - Very intelligent engineers.
    - C-suite is top notch, and delivers results for its traditional business.

    Cons

    - Basically no advancement at the engineering levels.
    - Absentee director-level management
    - Distributed managers who do a very poor job of being informed and online during their team's working hours
    - Lack of product directives at all levels, yet a very aggressive and arbitrary stream of deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    When you assign already overworked managers to key teams, you send a very poor message to the actual talent. I have been in my position for 2 years now, coming from a seasoned and experienced role as a global technology manager myself, and not once have I been explained what my paths for growth are in my role. Not once. When hiring decisions are made, they just pile on to an already flat management structure, leading to managers having 30+ direct reports from literally a half dozen timezones and products. There is very little recourse for engineers that find themselves stuck in this nightmare.

    I am given menial tasks that have very clear cut automated solutions, yet am not empowered to implement or iterate on said solutions. Engineers are asked for their expertise and advice, and that advice is promptly ignored. Worse, the engineering teams are sent on pointless side quests that do not have any bearing on our ultimate sales strategy or application development priorities. For instance, trying to shoehorn an unfinished product that is barely alpha on core internal businesses like the design group. All for the sake of "doing something" when we have pages and pages of real, valuable, and actionable backlog work that *needs* to be completed before we can offer anything to a real world customer.

    To top it off, when R&D teams are asked to literally reverse course entirely (just days before the holidays, I might add) and move mountains to accomplish monumental task by seemingly arbitrary deadlines, that effort gets little more than a "great job" in a conference call. It is very demoralizing to know that if this had been any other company, there would be a very serious payoff for that level of hard work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "work environment"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great culture, very smart and knowledgable employees

    Cons

    starting to become political


  9. "Favorable pay for the job"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Occasional remote work from home opportunity

    Cons

    Not enough accountability for the contract consultants


  10. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Field Applications in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Field Applications in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology as well as people

    Cons

    All good. Would work there again in presented with opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


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