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Synopsys Reviews

Updated February 17, 2019
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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  • "Nothing is bad as they permit good work life balance, WFH etc" (in 37 reviews)

  • "Not for employees looking for personal career growth" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work in Bay Area"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid management
    Solid products
    Great training programs
    Competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    No free lunch at campus but they have great free coffee


  2. "In general culture and benefits are great"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is positive and encouraging

    Cons

    In some dept middle management is not very supportive

    Advice to Management

    Middle management should go through management classes

  3. "Good learning experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to the latest tech. some really challenging problems to fix. Management does care about the employees & their feedbacks.

    Cons

    if you are a longtimer here, you'll probably be tied to the CAD. very hard to go back to Dev work. Your work time depends a lot on customer requirement than company guidelines.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Professional, Tactical Company with Opportunities for Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Professional environment
    -Kind, smart, understanding people with expertise in their field
    -Engagement from executive leadership
    -Competitive pay
    -Logical and practical leadership with a keen understanding of the market

    Cons

    Wind the clock back to 2001, when you still faxed stuff and Monica and Chandler got married. That's the culture here. If you're cool with that, this is a great place to work. If you're not then...

    -Masculine corporate values and policies. Women most often take the "housekeeping" roles of the company: taking notes, cleaning up, catering, food distribution, scheduling meetings, printing documents, etc.
    -No resources/budget support for social media either for communication with employees or marketing
    -Forget working from home
    -Traditional, siloed, hierarchical culture
    -Caucasian- Christian- centered corporate events mostly around Christmastime
    -Tactical, execution focused instead of strategic and value-driven
    -Years of service recognized and rewarded (for good reason), but very little achievement-based recognition for individuals or teams
    -Unclear criteria for bonuses or evaluations
    -Because of a security "issue" Gmail (and all other email clients or cloud clients) are blocked
    -Networking outside of your org is not supported or encouraged
    -A gate was built around building 8 to keep out LinkedIn employees, but they let us walk in their parking lot to get to other Synopsys buildings.

    General philosophies:
    You talk to your boss, who talks to my boss, who talks with me.
    It's the way we've always done it, why would we change?
    The lunch hour lasts exactly 60 minutes.
    Don't take personal calls on "company time".
    Butts in seats!
    Don't leave your dishes in the sink your mom or maid don't work here!
    I don't know why or how this task is valuable. Someone just asked me to do it. So I did it.

    Advice to Management

    The market and workforce is changing, and will demand a more strategic approach to remain profitable. Focus on retaining and attracting new talent while leaning on the expertise of tenured employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Synopsys is a very well run company that continues to find ways to grow. I have been with the company through some economic downturns and feel like the senior management will make the right decisions to keep the company going for the long run.

    The atmosphere is not as stressful as other companies I have worked for, which is a very big positive. The company is demanding and there is pressure to deliver but it is not overbearing.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the EDA business, it is difficult to move from one group to another. Each group has very specific expertise requirements that make it hard to jump from one team to another. If you have been in a position for a while and would like a new and different challenge, this is a negative.


  6. "Why"

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    Current Employee - Staff AE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff AE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparent culture and excellent technical challenges

    Cons

    None None None None None


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing culture, great people, outstanding management team"

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    Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The first thing anyone notices about BlackDuck is the culture. From top to bottom the focus is working hard while at the same time having a good time.

    Cons

    Getting acquired by Synopsys. Going from a 400 person company to part of a 14,000 person company has killed all that is good about BlackDuck. My ratings reflect the current environment. BD would have been all 5 stars.

    Advice to Management

    Synopsys management needs to recognize what they are doing to the people and teams.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "discrimination and retaliation because of medical condition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pros do not outweigh the cons

    Cons

    report the discrimination and get retaliated against. Complain to upper management and get ignored. Boss that discriminated against me got promoted.

    Advice to Management

    When there is discrimination, don't promote the person doing the discrimination. educate them and do not reward them like you did


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Love it here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people and management. The company takes great care of their people.

    Cons

    Long tenured employees in higher levels can make promotions difficult due to a lack of openings, but it’s worth the wait.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Staff CAE in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Staff CAE in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Employees are very friendly.

    - Comparatively less stressful, good work life balance.

    Cons

    This will be a long list
    - In recent layoffs, they targeted people who had informed they are having babies, just so that they can save on maternal/paternal leave! I am sure that this is illegal. Would not be surprised if a lawsuit is coming. But more than that just imagine would you want the risk of being fired at critical junctures of your life, when you need 2-3 weeks of relaxed work load?

    - Mid and upper management is a joke. These roles are all filled by long timers, who lack vision and they are sticking around because they can't get job outside. I don't have statistics, but Synopsys has very high %, if not the most, 20+ year tenured people.

    - Company just tries to make working life hell for employees. Like they blocked all mail (gmail etc) and data sharing sites (google drive, dropbox) etc. The reason given was it was security issue and not productivity. Employees believed the reasoning because all news sites, FaceBook was still accessible. Common you can't have security protection against gmail or google drive. Not many companies do it for *security* reasons.

    - Raises are ok at best. Forget about promotions.

    - LinkedIn bought the building between two Synopsys buildings. Synopsys's put a badge access gate in between. Countless Synopsys people walk between Bldg 8 and Bldg 1/2 many times a day via the LinkedIn parking lot. Synopsys blocked LinkedIn from using Synopsys parking lot between two of their buildings! LinkedIn had to build a special long walkway so their employees can access their two buildings. Talk of hypocrisy and good corporate neighbors.

    - Health plans are a joke with high premium

    - No free food or even soft drink. Only thing free is coffee. No on site amenities, except crappy gyms. And then they want to compete with the Facebooks and the Googles of the world for top talent!!

    - EDA is a dying space from career growth. There are only two companies, Synopsys and Cadence, not much opportunities due to lack of competition.

    - Even though Synopsys has 13K+ employees, hardly any one knows about synopsys even in the Bay Area, except that they would have seen the sign while driving on Hwy 237. That tells something about 13K+ employee, $2B+ revenue company.

    - Lots of politics between different units, field, CAE, marketing and R&D. All finger pointing and no one takes responsibilities. The CEO is not able to rein in these political hacks in spite of all of recent failures.