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Synopsys Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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  1. "Staff Application Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Staff Applications Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Applications Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can access as many tools as needed

    Cons

    No real industrial experience obtained

    Advice to Management

    Allow rotation of roles between departments


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome opportunity to see how we used to work 20 years ago"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, very open-minded, great diversity, respectful, good benefits, no pressure, money is not a problem.

    Cons

    This review is for the SIG group, which basically corresponds to Coverity enriched with other acquisitions in the security field.

    Good place if you want to rest, terrible if you want to learn or deliver anything.

    Very academic and outdated approaches. Coverity was oriented towards research and was specialized in C/C++, and several years later, they have not succeeded to do anything else, whereas they have invested on many other products and technologies.

    Some teams have been working for several years on projects which were never published. Some of these projects would have been delivered in 5 less times by skilled teams in modern companies. Other would just have been trashed right away with a better understanding of the market.

    R&D is not the only guilty. There is just no product management. Coverity was used to build products for developers, and they have never considered Product Management as a critical area. Talking UI/UX was shameful until recently.

    What would product managers do anyway? Everything is owned at the VP level, and no manager dares to say how their directions are not relevant. Everyone pretends and waits for the next decisions, which will invalidate the previous ones.

    Synopsys/SIG builds an offer for the stock market, not for customers. Products are sold because they allow customers to check requirements in their process. They are not really used.

    They also acquire lots of products, but they barely know what they are doing beyond the marketing sheet. And they break them after a few months, applying their 1990s recipes.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on delivering, which likely requires a new head management for SIG. Learn how modern companies work in 2017.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Bad company for career advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Work Balance is good but too old fashioned company using archaic processes and tools

    Cons

    Management is bad, very political. There is no integrity and honesty.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "R&D Engineer in SG EM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    I don't see anything good about this group. Company wise should be much better.

    Cons

    1. Employees are expected to work 24x7. No work-life balance AT ALL. Literally no life at all. Don't come to Embedded Memory Group if you want a life.
    2. No reasonable plans for any project. Plans change everyday. They will send you a plan on Sunday night which deadlines for all items are Monday.
    3. Meeting all the time. After all the meetings during the daytime, you are expected to finish all your work at night. If luckily you don't have a meeting at night also, which including Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    4. Instead of becoming a good circuit design engineer, you have more chances of becoming a good excel sheet maker.
    5. Don't make any plan during workdays because everyday you will have a surprise.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "application engineer"

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is nothing Pro here. Except people smile and pretend to be friendly. I am here on my 5th year. Promotion is hard to get. Salary of application engineers are less and jobs are moving to India. Very few hiring in this group. Before there was CAE and AE roles. Soon these two groups will merge. Expect more layoffs.

    Cons

    Layoffs are quite often, Long working hours, Team aren't friendly, abusive, can't report to HR either , HR is with nexus with Manager

    Advice to Management

    Management totally sucks.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "runaway freight train of a BU - Software Integrity Group"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great San Francisco Location with office looking out to AT&T Park
    - A rock solid mothership business with seemingly infinite patience
    - So mismanaged and flush with cash that even the worst employees are given their full bonuses
    - Sales team is a well-oiled machine being run by an industry veteran and instills a sense of discipline in each of their roles

    Cons

    - By far, this most dysfunctional, political, and wildly optimistic i.e. blind executive team I've ever seen. While the BU has Integrity in its name, the same cannot be said for this highly political, highly paranoid, and departments that not only do not work well together, but flat out hate each other
    As soon as options vest - the smart people are out the door. I'm quite surprised that more oversight isn't put on our BU.
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    Advice to Management

    Most modern tech companies are relatively flat - with the sharing of information and collaboration flowing from all sides of the building. Here, there is fear that talking to someone without permission could land you in trouble. Projects slip or simply disappear and there is zero accountability.
    My advice would be for Synopsys leadership, not the BUs, talk to the employees, take a look at the way things operate. Stop the spending spree, hire someone who can manage that BU, then stop and see how all those fancy new toys you bought can be brought to market quickly six


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Solid company performance but terrible finance organization"

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

    I worked at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Solid company with solid results. Co CEOs get along well and are nice.

    Cons

    If you work under current CFO you better have thick skin because he's MEAN! I think mean is an understatement. They guy thinks he's God and thinks he can do ANYTHING he wants. Very unstable environment with finance directors constantly fulfilling their hidden agendas. Never know when u're next in the "firing list". They always have a target, at least 1 person per year. CFO and company fire people without reason and tenure & hard work don't matter. Never know when you are next. HR team is there to protect the company NOT the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of that CFO....yeah he executes but he has no people skills. He doesn't motivate, he doesn't inspire....
    Stop abusing the "at will" policy. Workers are HUMAN not just a number!!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Look away if interested in career"

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    Former Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technical staff is good and the communication of ideas between people is better

    Cons

    Worked in Synopsys for many years. Extreme bureaucracy! Compensation and career grows at the slowest compared to competitors. Lots of works but no growth. The management promises people both pay increases and career growth to get Job done. Once Job gets done you are given an excuse. The HR plays along or is the main player in driving this.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep integrity! There was slogan once in Synopsys "Integrity above all else : towards customers!". Integrity is a character, it is not a suite you can wear for business deals alone while trashing one employees! Please read thru review of former employees and check out how consistent they are wrt compensation, career growth and how many see the bureaucracy.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Cheap company stagnant career growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Stable and very smart people as engineers

    Cons

    Lots of people ar mid and senior level engineering positions that have been at that same position for the last so many years

    Advice to Management

    Promote people and bring compensation in line with the new trends in bay area


  10. "Challenging environment after acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Suitable for people that want stability and consistency in their work (lots of people with more than 10 years service). The company has made and continues to make a number of acquisitions, so there is always lots of work for integration.

    Cons

    My original company was acquired and wasn't well integrated into Synopsys. The culture of the new company was not aligned with the original company and a lot of talent left as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Actively encourage staff to take ownership of their roles to help get the best out of people, make steps to show that you are equal partners when doing acquisitions and provide more training for managers on how to mentor staff.


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